Cambridgeshire Libraries present a new series of fantastic arts events curated by their local communities in February and March 2018. Everyone is welcome and tickets are on sale now.

“[It’s] brilliant to have creative events on our doorstep”

“[An] enjoyable evening and a relaxing atmosphere”

“It's great to use the Library in this way”

These comments are what audiences who attended events last autumn had to say about ‘The Library Presents…’.

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 programme is supported by volunteers from the local areas of 10 participating libraries.

Joanne Gray, Partnerships, Projects and Funding Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “We are transforming Cambridge libraries into performance spaces once again this spring and the libraries and their communities have put together a fantastic programme of high-quality arts activities that really is for everyone. For those particularly popular events, ‘The Library Presents’ is relocating to larger community spaces to make sure everyone can get a seat!”

History enthusiasts will appreciate two fabulous theatre performances in Fenland libraries with Bread or Blood in Wisbech Library and No Petticoats Here, presented at March library to coincide with the centenary of World War I. Written and performed by Louise Jordan No Petticoats Here brings to life the stories of inspirational women who lived during the First World War through live songs, storytelling and audio recordings. “This is a gutsy and meticulously research project…and an important historical document” – Songlines.

Fans of M R James or a good ghost story can see Robert Lloyd Parry performing Oh Whistle… at Littleport Library. Hear stories of night time horror on the Suffolk coast and of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations, “Lloyd Parry catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality”- The Times.

In February Half Term, Barnwell Road and Chatteris Libraries present budding artists (age 8+) with the chance to learn from award winning street artist and illustrator Si Mitchell in ‘Spray Can Art Workshops’. Participants will learn how to use spray cans to create a fantastic work of art to take home. Attendees in Barnwell will also have a chance to create a mini exhibition with Cambridge United Community Trust.

Other workshops include half term mosaics sessions with artist Carolyn Ash in Ramsey and Yaxley, and high energy Samba Drumming in Yaxley Library in March.

Music fans have plenty to choose from with classical music, acoustic roots and à Capella. But if you’re after comedy combined with opera, don’t miss the Opera Dudes performing their O what a Beautiful Evening show, featuring some of the greatest tunes from Films and Musical Theatre.

At St Neots, Arbury Court and March Libraries, Scoop Magic is combining conjuring with comedy, juggling and a dash of danger in an unforgettable experience. “I can’t remember the last time I laughed as much, your show was amazing” – Rachel Jones, Ocean Edge Holiday Park

Children and families can enjoy Stories in the Dark at Soham Library, the perfect storytelling adventure for 2- 5 year olds. Enter the magical story tent, with twinkling lights, vibrant colours and just a touch of darkness. “Combines all of children’s favourite things: stories, dens and playtime!”- Stamford Arts Centre.

And older children (5-8yrs) can get a taste for drama in ‘Library Bugs Adventure Drama Class’ at Arbury Court Library. This series of six sessions (Saturdays from 17 February) is packed full of songs, dance, drama and games and based on the magical stories by author David Walliams.

The full programme of ‘The Library Presents… Arts Alive’ spring season is available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts. Tickets are on sale online and in libraries.

The Library presents ... Arts Alive: Spring season tickets out now

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