Library Presents…Arts Alive Programme Announced for Ten Cambridgeshire Libraries

The Library Presents…Arts Alive is excited to share its autumn programme, beginning in October and bringing arts to libraries across Cambridgeshire. Everyone is welcome and tickets are on sale now.

Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, ‘The Library Presents…Arts Alive’ brings performances and workshops into the heart of villages and towns across the county.

The Libraries involved are Yaxley, Wisbech, Chatteris, March, Littleport, Soham, Ramsey, St Neots, Arbury Court and Barnwell Road (Cambridge).

The programme, chosen by Library Friends and local communities for each library, features music, theatre, magic, art, literature and puppetry for everyone.

Music fans of all ages are encouraged to beat out new rhythms at Samba Drumming workshops or try their hand at the ukulele. The singing quadruplets Men in General perform their mix of well-loved songs, à cappella classics and comedy while it’s all about the great tunes from the 60s and 70s in Scenes from a Well-Spent Youth.

The children’s shows include James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids, stand-up that will have them in stitches. For under-five’s puppets rule the roost with the extremely entertaining Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales or the charming and inventive Jack and the Beans Talk.

Theatre is well represented with the funny and scary drama Dracula…The Travesty, Jane Bower’s intensely moving Daddy's Diaries and the magic show Devious Minds, fresh from two national tours and an Edinburgh run.

Other activities include mosaic sessions and Art workshops with local artists, plus a book festival. 

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mathew Shuter, Chairman of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, said: “The programme offers a fantastic chance to use the library as an exciting Arts space and hub of activity for the community, for everyone to be involved, grow their interests and see live shows. If you’ve never been to a performance or workshop before but always wanted to, this is the perfect opportunity. Come and explore something new in the friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere of your library.”

The autumn season runs from 16 October until 30 November across the ten participating libraries. The full programme and tickets are available on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in libraries.

Dracula...The Travesty! by Northumberland Theatre Company, just one of the performances on the menu for performances this Autumn

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