Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

See the Facebook Event

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Winter Gardens Film Festival 2016: Volunteers

FF LogoFILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER CALLOUT!

Fancy getting involved in January 2016? We’re looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles. From technical jobs to focus groups, admin to PR and marketing, why not get involved?

Volunteers will receive free admission to screenings as well as free ‘family & friends’ tickets for selected screenings.  If you are interested then please complete this registration form.

After you submit the form, you’ll receive a link to the Volunteers Facebook group where we will keep you updated.

Yarnbomb Trail: Goodness, gracious great balls of wool!

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Square from Scotland

Square from Scotland

We’ve had a great response to our  yarnbombing workshops and we’re nearly ready to go with the trail.

Special mentions go out to the staff and students of Blackpool Sixth Form College who help a super knit-in on 19 July. As well as out hardcore knittaz from our group and pom-pom makers extraordinaire Tyler and Charlie.  Thanks Guys!

Watch this space as knitted creatures will start to appear around Blackpool. There will be an accompanying web map that will help you to spot them all.

Knittaz in action

 

YT workshops

Our workshop programme from July 2014

Dance development apprenticeship opportunity

Dance DevFollowing on from the success of the Blaze Ignite placement from June – November 2012, the Fylde Coast Dance Development Programme are pleased to announce a second Young Apprentice Placement.  Fylde Coast Dance Development is looking for a young person aged 16-19 years to gain paid work experience in the dance sector in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

This is the a fixed term contract for up to 7 hours per week, either during the day, in the evening or on weekends, at £5 per hour gaining valuable experience in the dance industry.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete and return the application form which can be found on the Fylde Coast Dance website.

Knittaz with Attitude: Monthly hook-up

The next Knittaz with Attitude is on Monday 7th January 2013
6pm to 8:30pm at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Road Blackpool FY1 2QJ.  More info here!

Aunty at Wordpool: 2012 round-up


Wordpool (Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words) took part between 31/10/2012 and 16/11/2012.  This was the first year that Aunty Social has been involved hosting three events in the programme.

 

Halloween Screen     31/10/2012

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.  This was a rare chance to see two classic horror films Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion.  To match the atmospheric venue, we asked the audience to dress up.  Prizes were awarded to the best dressed!  The evening finished with Torchlit tours of the Winter Gardens.

With an audience of over 100 in attendance, this was a great fundraiser for the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social.  Aunty will be returning to the Winter Gardens for more screenings in 2013.

3hundredand65     14/11/2012
Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Trust.  The event included a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions.  We managed to raise £327 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by holding two online auctions of art work by Pure Evil and Sam ‘Mr Sam’ Shearon as well as a more traditional cake sale and raffle.  Dave got his wish of securing Simon Pegg to compose a tweet for the project (due on the 24th Dec 2012).  Let’s hope our Twitter-nagging helped!

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.3hundredand65.co.uk/

31daysinBlackpool (#31days)
Exhibition: 16/11/2012 – 30/11/2012

31daysinBlackpool was a diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter.  Participants took a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweeted it using the hashtag #31days.  The winner of the competition was Kimberley-Jayne Wright with her Legend of Zelda themed photo of Salisbury Woodland.

For an overview of the rest of the festival, there are some great photos on both the Wordpool blog and the Facebook sites and reviews on the AltBlackpool website.  AltBlackpool have nominated Wordpool as one of five best events in Blackpool in 2012, you can vote on their site soon.

Overall, Wordpool delivered 20 events, 62 workshops/sessions, 8 new commissions/projects/pilots, 53 exhibition days (2 new exhibitions), employed 52 artists/writers/poets, and had over 2500 participants/audiences (the figures are still coming in on this and this doesn’t include the exhibition audiences, college workshops or our virtual audiences).

 

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012…

The 9 Week Bollywood Dance Class Course that Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde has been waiting for is finally here.  After the astounding success of Strictly Bollywood Summer 2010 due to popular request and demand Blackpool now brings you…

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012

Classes start on Wednesday 12th September at Palatine Dance Studio, Palatine Sports College, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AR. 

There are two classes: 6:15pm –  7:10 pm and 7:15pm – 8:10pm
£3 per class or         £20 for the whole course

The first class (Weds 12th Sept) is a free taster session.

For more information telephone Madhvi on 07877780853

Hosts:
Nritya Sangam – Indian & World Dance, Music and Events  
Aunty Social – Community Arts

About the instructor:
Mr Yash Shah is from Mumbai, the Bollywood Capital of India and of Ludus Dance, Lancashire.  Dance has always been his hobby and passion since he was a child. He currently works as a Support worker helping people with learning disabilities.  He has also been teaching Bollywood dance professionally at LUDUS  DANCE COMPANY in Lancaster for the last 2 years. 

So, whether you’re a beginner or  a Dance Pro,  come along to have fun, work out, tone up and learn some Bollywood moves!   It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with other dance enthusiasts, find out about amazing Dance Team Formations as well as great Dance Performance opportunities and other specialist Indian Dance Arts Related Classes, Workshops & Events.

LLP Inclusion Conference: Aunty’s trip to Birmingham

On the 19th and 20th June, we took a trip to the LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme) Inclusion conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.  As a result of our Youth in Action project Pop Goes The Workshop, we had been invited to exhibit by the YIA coordinators at the British Council.  We jumped at the chance as this was an opportunity to find out about other learning and skills-sharing opportunities, see what other organisations across Europe were doing and say thank you to Youth in Action/British Council for taking a chance on a rather bizarre project!

We learned about so many fantastic projects and met lots of lovely people who have given us plenty of ideas including some possible trans-national projects… squee!
We <3 Grundtvig!

We came back to Blackpool, buzzing with ideas and with a notebook full of contacts, good job!

P.S. if there was a prize for stall that looks most like a craft fair, we would have won, hands down!

Say yeah, I predict a yarnbomb up in here. ‘Cause we throw poms on it… KWA at Sand, Sea and Spray 2012

Knittaz with Attitude was out in force this weekend at Blackpool’s own annual urban art festival Sand, Sea and Spray.  It’s organised by the lovely Robin Ross and brings lots of talented artists into Blackpool to brighten up the town and share their creations with local people.

We decided to support the festival as only we know how, with a shed-load of wool!  We decided to focus on St John’s Precinct and Cedar Square and had a stash of lovely knitting, crochet and pom-poms to display.

Yarnbombing highlights were our woolly bike, which attracted a ridiculous amount of attention and the pom-poms (pombombing!) and crocheted birds in the trees.  Passers-by gave us so many compliments and took so many photos that we feel famous!

I’ll stop waffling now and get to the good bit, the photos…

Ooh, we need to give a massive thank you to Foundry who shinned up a macca ladder to help us pombomb.  You sir, are a legend *doffscap*

Aunty, Aunty, where are you?

Here I am!  Here I am!  How do you do?

It’s been a while since the last post, but we have been ever so busy with planning activities for this month and beyond.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we painted a gazillion faces and helped nippers make lots of pretty bracelets and necklaces at YOMOFO ‘Alfresco’ at Stanley Park Cricket Club.  Despite the yucky weather, it was a grand day out, with plenty of activities, brill music and smiling faces.

So, this is where we will be in June:

Watch out for other crafty activities in between!