The Library Presents… Arts Alive brings a high quality, diverse selection of performances and workshops into the heart of villages and towns across the county.

Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon Arts, 

The Library Presents .... Arts Alive logo

The programme was selected by Library Friends and local communities for each library from a ‘menu’ of professional artists. The programme features music, theatre, magic, art, literature and puppetry for all ages. 

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 a friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere.

The latest news is available here

Previous news (December 2017)

Spring season

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Audiences to autumn season events said, “It was brilliant. I was crying it was so funny.” (Comedy 4 Kids) “Anthony was fantastic, really got you into the Brazilian vibe...” (Samba Drumming Workshop) “This was an excellent evening - great to be close up to magic tricks.” (Devious Minds) “WOW, Brilliant” (Men in General)

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Your chance to Volunteer with The Library Presents… Arts Alive

This is your chance to join us in making these exciting performances come to life! We have opportunities to support with stewarding, marketing and social media, event management, event photography and even some technical support roles. If you have any interest in these areas, please contact Katherine Roberts.

Arts Alive volunteers

No experience? Feeling nervous? but think you would like to get involved? Babylon Arts our project partners will be providing some crash courses in event management and technical skills for volunteers and our experienced team will support you throughout your role so you can build confidence, new skills and enjoy yourself. We will match appropriate tasks to the skills and availability of each volunteer.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills, have fun and support arts events in your community. We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help us with a number of important tasks. Any contribution, big or small, is very much appreciated.

We are pleased to announce that in spring 2018 when you volunteer in Littleport Library for ‘The Library Presents…’ you can earn Time Credits. Time Credits are a way of recognising the amazing things people do in their communities. If you give an hour of your time to your community, your community thanks you by giving you an hour to spend on something you would like to do. You can spend this on an hours activity in other community organisations, on leisure activities and at large venues such as the Tower of London.

Cambridgeshire Time Credits programme is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group working in partnership with Spice the social enterprise who developed this time-based currency.

Get in touch: email: [email protected]              tel: 01223 706779

Tasks Include:

  • Marketing and social media
  • Event photography
  • Setting up library spaces to transform them into venue and workshop spaces
  • Helping run the box office at events
  • Setting up and running the bar at events
  • Supervising workshops
  • Packing down after events / workshops
  • Supporting acts to bring in and take out their shows
  • Collecting audience surveys
  • Distributing leaflets & posters to promote activities.

Active Support for Events & Activities

We are also looking at development opportunities that we could offer to Friends and co-opted members – such as a course on manual handling, promotion, technical skills required for sound or lighting support, and chances to find out more about the potential performers.

The Library Presents…Arts Alive  is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved, develop an interest in film, creative writing, see live performances and  build strong local engagement using the library as an arts space within the community. It will also enable the friends groups and library staff to work with high quality professional artists and arts organisations to deliver an adventurous programme.

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