Heritage Project Session This Thursday!

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Active Arts are working with Spitfire Services to help deliver a Heritage Lottery funded project ‘I Castle Vale‘.  We are also pleased to announce that The Wings Family have been brought on board to help us deliver the project. Maybe you have lived on the estate all your life or moved here quite recently?

We would like to know about some of your personal experiences and stories on Castle Vale. What were your moments of joy, struggles or tribulations?

Not to appear nosey but we want to hear your stories, whether they are from the last 60 years or more recent.  Our past projects have looked at the history of the estate and how it has physically changed. For more information on the project click here.

We’d love to have some of our regulars and new faces come along for a warm cuppa, biscuits and quite possibly cake.  So come and join us for our next session!

The Session is this Thursday (14th June) at Phoenix Court, 10am-2pm!

No need to book, just turn up, but of course feel free to let us know you’re coming as we love to hear from you.

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WOW…what an Evening Of Creativity!

 Last Friday  was an enjoyable, fun,  family friendly event for all!

It started off with Tyannah’s amazing accoustic performance including an amazing cover of BON JOVI Living On a Prayer, followed by a nice solo vocal performance from Amy Stone which included a popular track from The Greatest Showman!

We then had a brilliant performance from Kayleigh Cooper singing some of the hits from today with James Reidy following whom the audience enjoyed with covers on his guitar including an ED SHEERAN song.

Not forgetting the amazing poetry from Simon Walker and our compere for the evening Empress P! We had an amazing workshop from Ramona with her healing henna!

…. But what an SPECTACULAR  finishing performance from Peoples Republic Of Mercia! Who had everyone dancing in their seats and around the room.

A BIG thank you to those who attended and supported out event.

A massive thank you to those who volunteered on the night and we will see you at our next one on the 6th July…

 

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Look out for more information, or contact us to get involved!

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And so the Tall Tales workshops continue this Saturday!

Come and help us – solve the puzzlesfind the lightdefeat the witch – and decide what Tall Tales to tell at our Celebration!  Suitable for all ages- especially families with young children and teenagers looking for something fun and different to do.

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Our next workshop is this Saturday, at Spitfire Art Zone! 10:30-12:30, so come along and take part in the fun.

Read more about Tall Tales here… And visit the rest of our workshops below!

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A night full of entertainment this FRIDAY!

This Friday we have our THIRD Evening Of Creativity!

With Empress P hosting this week’s Evening Of Creativity we have some amazing performances lined up for this Friday including perfomances from Kayleigh Cooper, James Reidy and even two young performers from St Gerards School! We have a lively rhythm and blues band performing known as The Peoples Republic Of Mercia. There will also be some amazing spoken word performances from Simon Walker & Empress P.

Check out our Facebook Page for more.

There will also be a table full of doodes and other fun, plus come and have a go on our Nintendo Wii and play against some other attendees.

 

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At Spitfire Art Zone, 10 High Street B35 7PR

Check out our event page on Facebook by clicking here to see which artists will be performing!

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Another event date for your diary!

Friday the 4th May saw some amazing talent at our 2nd Evening Of Creativity.

We had some amazing vocal performances from Eloise Tanley, Liam Price, Brook Rafferty & Emily Grace. A great guitar set from Jonathan Henderson, and a lively band performance from Angry Fish.  Not forgetting some amazing poetry performances from Simon Walker & Robin Surgeoner. Check out our Facebook Page to see some live videos taken from the evening.

A massive thank you to our host Terri-Anne Coope from our very own local radio station Switch Radio (107.5!), Sheila Arthurs for bringing some of her amazing doodles to colour in, and a huge thank you to volunteers who helped throughout the day and evening!

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WE WILL SEE YOU AT OUR NEXT Evening Of Creativity which is Friday 1st June, starting from 6pm!

At Spitfire Art Zone, 10 High Street B35 7PR

Check out our event page on Facebook by clicking here to see which artists will be performing!

 

 

 

 

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Castle Vale Evening Of Creativity No.2 This Friday!

At Spitfire Art Zone this Friday at 6pm , you can attend our fun & family friendly Evening of Creativity with live performances from local artists, bands & more! There is also a craft area for you to try something new and always information from volunteers about what else is going on locally. Refreshments are available to purchase and you can enjoy your Friday evening, while chatting to someone new or someone you know.

The evenings are family friendly and you pay what you can on entry (Suggested minimum donation £2.00 per person).

Taking place at Spitfire Art Zone (The big glass building on the high street)...but here is the address just in case!  -> 10 High Street Castle Vale B35 7PR

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Follow our Facebook Event here for updates on the
performers we have this month.

Want to know more? Or perhaps you want to perform? Contact Laura Here.

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I Castle Vale -Session Cancelled

*SESSION CANCELLED*

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are having to cancel this afternoon’s session at Phoenix Court and we will be rearranging this for as soon as we can.

We will send out details for the next session, hopefully within the next week. Apologies for short notice and thank you for your interest and understanding

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What’s Your Vale Story?

Active Arts are working with Spitfire Services to help deliver a Heritage Lottery funded project ‘I Castle Vale‘.  We are also pleased to announce that The Wings Family have been brought on board to help us deliver the project.

Maybe you have lived on the estate all your life or moved here quite recently?

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Does this photo bring back memories?

We would like to know about some of your personal experiences and stories on Castle Vale. What were your moments of joy, struggles or tribulations?

Not to appear nosey but we want to hear your stories, whether they are from the last 60 years or more recent.  Our past projects have looked at the history of the estate and how it has physically changed. This project is about the personal experiences of people living here.  Not so much what it is like to live here but what it is like to be you.  We all have more in common than sometimes we realise and we’ve all had moments that have made us laugh or cry.

Over the years we’ve met and got to know many residents and your experiences have helped to shape our projects and this is no different.

We’d love to have some of our regulars and new faces come along for a warm cuppa, biscuits and quite possibly cake.  Join us for one or more of our events and feel free to bring along or pass on the details to people you know. The first two dates are in Castle Vale Library and if you think there’s somewhere good to host us for the last two then please get in touch.

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All sessions taking place at 1pm-3pm:
– Tuesday 17th April at Castle Vale Library
– Tuesday 24th April at Castle Vale Library
– Wednesday 25th April – Venue tbc
– Friday 27th April – Venue tbc

No need to book, just turn up, but of course feel free to let us know you’re coming as we love to hear from you.

 

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See You Tonight At Our 1st Evening Of Creativity!

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Hosted by Castle Vale’s very own Radio Station – Switch Radio.

Tonight is the night!

Active Arts & Spitfire Services are hosting Castle Vale’s FIRST Evening Of Creativity is happening at Spitfire Art Zone.

Starting at 6pm, and we have some great acts lined up below.

See you tonight at:

Spitfire Art Zone ,10 High Street Castle Vale B35 7PR

Pay on the door (suggested £2.00 donation) and refreshments will be available.

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Opportunity for Local Musicians and Artists

Active Arts is bringing our successful ‘Evenings of Creativity’ to Castle Vale and we’re looking for musicians and artists to get involved

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An Evening Of Creativity organised by Cafe Arts in Erdington.

What is an Evening of Creativity?

It’s a fun, social evening a bit cabaret style, with live performances always music, sometimes poetry, drama, improvisation and more. There are also visual arts workshops and volunteers to talk to about what else is going on locally.

The evenings are family friendly and you pay what you can on entry (Suggested minimum donation £2.00 per person).

If you have a passion for a speciality in the arts, and would like to perform at one of our evenings of creativity then please fill in the form following the link below. You could be a band, a solo singer, drama improvisation group – we’re up to hearing from all kinds of artists and performers.

The Castle Vale nights are the first Friday of the month 6-9pm, starting Friday 2 March hosted at Spitfire Art Zone on the High Street.

For more information or if you wish to run a workshop you can contact Laura here.

If you wish to perform please complete the form here  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NMFNZM3

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