- Record audience numbers for ‘The Library Presents… Arts Alive’ sensational autumn season.
- Volunteers make ‘The Library Presents’ events a success
- Spring 2018 programme and tickets available NOW
Record audience numbers for ‘The Library Presents… Arts Alive’ sensational autumn season.
Over 1200 people aged from 3 to 80 attended events in ten Libraries in Cambridgeshire (funded by Arts Council England and run by Cambridgeshire County Council) demonstrating how libraries are the perfect fit for top-quality arts events.
Audiences for ‘The Library Presents…’ events Libraries found a relaxed and friendly kind of theatre staged with spotlights, atmospheric props and sets. They were entertained by magical tricks at ‘Devious Minds’ and musical comedy at ‘Men in General’. Audiences giggled at James Campbell’s ‘Comedy 4 Kids’ and Northumberland Theatre’s light-hearted ‘Dracula… The Travesty’ others were moved by Jane Bower’s beautiful ‘Daddy’s Diaries’. Families were entertained by amazing puppet shows ‘Jack and the Beans Talk’ and ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales’.
“This was an excellent evening - great to be close up to magic tricks.” (Audience members about Devious Minds)
“WOW, Brilliant” (Audience member about Men in General)
“I was crying it was so funny. I loved It.”, “Excellent - my little boy laughed lots.” (Audience members about Comedy 4 Kids)
“Wonderful evening - great theatre group, long may they draw blood!” (Audience member about Dracula…The Travesty)
“Completely charming and diaries so beautifully brought to life.” (Audience member about Daddy’s Diaries)
“My 4 year old loved it - thank you!” (Audience member about Jack and The Beans Talk, Garlic Theatre)
“Absolutely brilliant! Best children's show I have seen; such a gem!” (Audience member about Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales)
Workshop participants created mosaics, got into Brazilian rhythms at samba drumming workshops, learnt to play the Ukulele or learnt new artistic skills in Art Workshops. About 100 families enjoyed a buzzing Children’s Book Festival in Arbury with an exciting mix of drop-in sessions by storytellers, illustrators and an Artist from Kettles Yard. Audiences were also inspired and entertained by authors including Andy Cope and Neil Zetter.
“Exciting, very fun and I would like to do it again.” (Participant about a Mosaic Workshop)
“It was a wonderful session. Anthony is excellent and I was really impressed with what we covered.” (Participant about a Samba Drumming Workshop)
“A really upbeat introduction to this instrument for the beginner.” (Participant about Ukulele Workshops)
“Brilliant day for all the family”, “Exciting talk, very inspiring.” (Audience members about Arbury Children’s Book Festival)
Volunteers make ‘The Library Presents’ events a success
57 volunteers from the local communities joined forces with Library staff to help run first-rate events. Partner organisation Babylon ARTS empowered volunteer teams to realise their ideas on everything from bar prices to stage lighting.
The passion and support of the volunteers – promoting events, welcoming audiences, checking tickets, setting up the venue and serving the refreshments - was key to the success of the programme.
Young people in Arbury volunteers as stewards at the book festival and in Ramsey CRUNCH youth group decorated the Library for the performance Dracula…The Travesty.
A local business in Yaxley provided period crockery for a show about events of WWII and Budgens in Arbury sponsored tickets to the Arbury Children’s Book Festival, making it a free event for the community.
Spring 2018 programme and tickets available NOW
In February and March 2018 the spring season of ‘The Library Presents… Arts Alive’ will happen in Arbury, Barnwell, Chatteris, Littleport, March, Ramsey, Soham, St Neots, Wisbech and Yaxley.
Tickets available online and in participating libraries now. The full programme of ‘The Library Presents… Arts Alive’ spring season is available as a PDF at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts (accessible format also available).