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NYCGB Auditions 2017


National Youth Choirs Great Britain

  • Booking opens on Friday 22 September via where all other info and guides are available.
  • Booking closes 12pm, Friday 20 October
  • The nearest audition day for Cornwall will this year be Exeter (3 November) – please feel free to highlight though NB we don’t publicly state venues for safeguarding and admin purposes.

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Dance Opportunities

Some fabulous dance opportunities coming up in the autumn, if you like the look of anything you see below send an email to me, Christina telling her which bits of this you would like to join in with.

TAVAZIVA Dance Company – 6th to 10th of November. The show is called ‘Izindava’ which means ‘News’ – the company are classically trained contemporary dancers working in an African context choreographed by the amazing Bawren Tavaziva. So here is our idea:

    • You can come and see the show at Falmouth University AMATA on Friday 20th of October matinee performance, tickets are free as long as booked through AMATA and there may be help with transport.
    • Following the show you can have either a one off workshop with one of the company dancers or a mini residency of 3 sessions to make a performance for our Hall for Cornwall Dance Platform in January. See below for Primary and Secondary Platform details.
    • A half day workshop will cost you £225
    • A Full day is £350
    • If you want to do a series of 3 or more let us know and we will work out the best possible price.

             It’s first come first served for the workshop so tell us quick.

 ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ – PRIMARY DANCE PLATFORM – at Hall for Cornwall on 30th Jan 2018. 

This is stunning opportunity for primary schools to make great dance work and put it on a professional stage.  

  • We have chosen a global theme to allow schools to think about ‘world’ ideas and other cultures and some schools might want to use the TAVAZIVA residency to help make a piece. 
  • You can either sign up for the project and make the work yourself or book some choreographic workshops from our team to get it all going. Inclusion  in the project is £220 and if you want to add in a 3 session workshop package that will cost £600 overall.  
  • This is an incredibly successful and popular event with primary schools so please book early to secure your place as we can only take 12 schools.

 ‘Anthem’- SECONDARY DANCE PLATFORM – at Hall for Cornwall on 29th Jan 2018. An opportunity for secondary schools to show specially choreographed dance works on a professional stage. The title Anthem refers to the music choices- so we challenge all groups to choose truly iconic pieces of music from any era- we are thinking David Bowie to Ennio Morricone, Elbow to Adele. 

  • You can either sign up for the project and make the work yourself or book some choreographic workshops from our team to get it all going. Inclusion in the project is £220 and if you want to add in a 3 session workshop package that will cost £600 overall.  
  • This is our first secondary platform in response to the great success of the primary version.  Places are limited to 12 schools or groups please book early to secure your place.

Prideaux Angels’ – A Christmas project – This Christmas DR2 and Prideaux Place are collaborating to produce a magical Christmas experience with dance, digital projections, lights and food. The event will be performed by professionals but we want to extend the experience to schools and communities. The story is set in the 1940s and rooted in the history of Prideaux Place in Padstow. We are offering angel lantern making workshops working with artist Laura Martin famed for her extraordinary BikeLights creations.  

  • Laura will make beautiful large scale lantern sculptures that you can display in school and the idea is that after the end of term they will also be shown at Prideaux Place as part of the Christmas event.  
  • Prices  are £300 for a full day workshop including materials or £800 for a 3 day series if you feel like you have grand ideas. 
  • We are also offering Angel themed days of dance in school by Sarah Waller and Grace Clayton making dances using themes from the show. You will have enormous fun and present a performance in school as part of your Christmas celebrations – it is £200 a day.  Dates are limited so please book early.

 Please book any of the above projects with  If you want to talk any of this through or have other dance ideas that you would like to discuss with us call Antony on 07759488240 or

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Recruiting now, Silver Arts Award

Be a Porthmeor Young Artist and get a Silver Arts Award – a qualification at Level 2, GCSE Grade A*- C.

Work alongside professional artists to develop your art skills, see inspiring arts events and operate in a team to create your own.

Held on fortnightly Sundays 1pm-4pm from October to July, these workshops will give you a space to be creative outside of school, home and college and add a creative spark to your weekends, while giving you some arts industry experience.

You’ll have all the art materials you could wish for and fantastic guidance in a real working art studio setting.

To join or for more info, contact Cat on

The group runs Sundays, 1pm-4pm and fortnightly in term time, just £5 a session. For ages 13 -18, starts 8th October ’17.

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Working in Schools in Cornwall, Arts Education Seminar

Date and Time:   Monday 13th November, 10-4pm
Venue:                        The Writers’ Block
Address:                  Merlin Building, Cornwall College Camborne, Redruth TR15 3RD

In partnership with Cultivator, KEAP is delivering an interactive day of training exploring working as a creative practitioner in schools today. The day will draw upon and add to the existing knowledge of Tough Dough’s Alessandra Ausenda. This range of topics will be covered through the session: best practice and case studies, guide to types of schools and how to reach them, safeguarding, funding possibilities, session planning and networking.

The workshop will be conducted by: Amanda Harris and Helen Reynolds from KEAP and artist Alessandra Ausenda

There is a £20.00 refundable booking fee for the event. This will be refunded on attendance of the workshop. If you do not attend the workshop the booking fee will not be refunded.

Who Can Attend?
As long as you live in Cornwall and are working in the creative industries we’d love you to come along.

How to book? Online

Anything Else?
If you have any further questions please contact the Cultivator office on or 01209 312501.


Kernow Education Arts Partnership has a long track record of working in schools across the arts. Most recently it has developed The Writers’ Block – a space created by artists and dedicated to supporting creative writing with both children and adults.  Amanda Harris is the Director of KEAP and Helen Reynolds the Development Manager and both are highly experienced project creators and developers.

Alessandra Ausenda is a very experienced freelance visual artist and one half of Tough Dough cic who initiate, design and deliver creative arts projects, events and happenings in Cornwall.

Website links:
The Story Republic
Tough Dough

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Half Term Story Adventurers

Here comes our new concoction of story building and play. Venturing through the Imaginarium, opening up The Cabinet of Curiosities and exploring the Corridor of Stories. All led by story adventurers and performers Mel Young and Connie Crosby.

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Oh my, they have new tales to reveal so a return visit to The Writers’ Block is a must!

Children will create fantastic stories and memories, all to be shared and taken away.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 10-12pm (Half Term)

Suitable for age 5-8 years, parents welcome. Places are limited.

£7.50 per session. Bookings via CRBO

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The Love of Poetry Sessions Continue

An introduction to some of the most inspiring poetry in the English language. This short series of sessions with Rob Lane, former head of English, have begun. They explore British and American poetry from Romantics to Realists, from the 19th century to present day. With two more sessions to go you still have the chance for your eyes, ears and thoughts to be opened even more.

Each session will illuminate the poems and….

Discover more this way.


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Finding Your Voice – and Getting Heard

When – Thursday 14th September
Where – Hay Studio, St Breock

You know what your brand does. You might know what it looks like. But do you know what it should be saying and how? Our Find Your Voice – and Get Heard training session is here to help you build a solid brand voice and content strategy, to connect you with your future fans and followers.

Inspired by rock-solid musical legends from Bowie to 2Pac, we unpick how unbreakable, unmistakable brand voices stand the test of time. And, once you’ve warmed up your brand’s vocal chords, we’ll help you devise ways of getting your message out there through original, fresh content that strikes the right note across all your channels.

This one-day course will be delivered by Stranger Collective and also includes a follow-up event on the 23rd November, to see how you’re getting on and address any challenges you encounter putting it all into practice.

Find your voice and book your place.

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How to Book a Tour

When – Tuesday 12th September
Where – Hall for Cornwall Rehearsal Space

Here’s one for thespians, dancers and the musically inclined alike. Booking your first tour is certainly a sign that you’re going somewhere. But how do you navigate the pitfalls and make sure that you make the most of it? Join tour-booking guru Mark Makin for a one day crash course on the ins, outs, ups and downs of booking a tour.

Mark & Penny Makin established makin projects in September 2005 to work with outstanding theatre, dance and comedy companies of all scales who produce high quality, accessible, entertaining and stimulating work. makin projects handle the national and international tour booking for these companies along with co-producing several new touring productions each season as well as acting as agents for a number of our comedy clients.

Here’s how to book your place.

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