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YEP Project – Youth Ensemble Try Out Day – 5 Nov

Cymaz Music is opening the doors to new members of the Youth Ensemble Project

The Youth Ensemble Project is a creative ensemble based in Cornwall, run by professional musicians. There is always a Youth Worker present at sessions. We aim to help young musicians, including those with little or no composition experience, to compose or re-arrange music as a group and then publicly perform. We also signpost musicians to opportunities, give industry advice and guidance and bring in other professional musicians along the way.

We will be holding a Try Out day on Saturday 5th November at The House in St Austell

We are introducing a Junior YEP! for musicians aged 10 – 14. We will be continuing the Senior YEP! for musicians aged 15-21

If you have attended YEP! before, you still need to attend the Try Out Day to join the YEP! Sessions

More info about the day is below and you can find out more about the project at 

If you would like to attend the ‘Try Out Day’ please send an email to me, Giles on
I will then send you a ‘Try Out Day’ pack with a few forms to fill, timings and details of the day. If you would like to attend but are unable to complete the pack, please ask to speak with me over the phone and I’ll complete the forms with you.


Any Instrument, Any Genre

Junior Musicians must be able to already play a song

Senior Musicians should be Grade 2 standard or equivalent
Participants, once chosen, need to show commitment to the project that will run regularly on Saturdays and include some performance dates.

We are particularly interested in musicians experiencing barriers to music making

We make decisions based on what is best for the musician and the group, not the level of skill. There are a limited number of places

Please get in touch to ask about any queries


What you will need on the day
A few snacks
Your instrument
Registration form (if outstanding)
Media consent form (if outstanding)



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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!


image by Helen Oxenbury

Ever wanted to step inside your favourite children’s adventure?

We can’t go under it,
We can’t go over it,
We’ve got to go to it!

Swash your way the long grass
Sploosh through a river
Stumble through the dark wood
Then tiptoe into a gloomy cave…
…and rub noses with a great big friendly Bear

The hands-on, interactive experience, with hidden rooms, a bear’s den and giant chocolate cake, was designed by Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, London. The installation features twenty-five-year-old children’s classic book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by former Children’s Laureate and well loved author Michael Rosen and award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury. This brand new, pop-up style installation is touring the UK and Cornwall College Camborne is its debut location. Visit us from 14 May to 24 July 2016.

Funded by Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn, Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things truly reflects Michael’s energy and passion for education, creativity and writing. Younger children will be able to participate in a Bear Hunt trail whilst older children can go on a fun fact finding mission and create poems of their own to takeaway. Michael has collaborated on the project, and the exhibition will feature hidden rooms where clues can be found that reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing, including his Grandparents’ sitting room and his childhood classroom.

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

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Writing Squad Kernow

WSK at Port Elliot Festival 2012_T1_2423WSK at Port Eliot



The Writing Squad Kernow is a group of talented, enthusiastic, committed young writers aged between thirteen and nineteen from across Cornwall.  The group is managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) and the lead writer is poet, playwright, short story writer and cultural creator Annamaria Murphy who works regularly for BBC Radio, Kneehigh, Rogue Theatre, c-scape dance and The Story Republic.

The aim of the group is to create an environment in which creative writing is the norm and where the young writers have the chance write in a variety of genres and work with a range of different writers.  We are also very linked up with Cornish cultural events and activities and we seek commissions for the young writers so that they are writing for a purpose and also that their work is being seen by a wider audience.

This year the writing squad will be meeting several times in the year and taking part in half and full day activities.  Each session will involve workshops with professional writers and the work is often read or performed as part of local festivals and events.

We will be recruiting in September 2015 for new members to take us into the following year.

For further information contact Amanda Harris 07712331421

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Cornwall College

The Cornwall College Group is the county’s largest education and training provider.

KEAP’s office is now based at Cornwall College Camborne, and they recently partnered with us in hosting two amazing travelling installations based on top children’s authors Oliver Jeffers and Michael Rosen.

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St Michael’s Way – Community Art project event, Marazion 23 July

First Steps: St Michael’s Way:  

Community art project

Bringing communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route.

You are invited to a public event at All Saints Church Hall in Marazion on the Saturday 23rd July 1-5pm.  Celebrating the Feast of St James with Friends of St Michael’s Way and Tough Dough artists.

Children at Marazion School and Shallal Company are making processional artwork, costumes and flags.  Join us to find out more about the walk or share stories and information about this important route. Tough Dough artists are planning to run art workshops on the day for families and will be providing refreshments for all.

During the day Friends of St Michael’s Way will complete the walk from Lelant to Marazion and join the celebration and a joint procession onto the beach to mark the Feast of St James at 5pm. Walkers are invited to arrive for 9.00 am at St Uny Church, Lelant for coffee and croissants and everyone will set off at 9.30 am. For further details about the walk and for information about the summer programme of events from Friends of St Michael’s Way go to:  If the walk is cancelled due to bad weather and/or poor ground conditions this will be notified via the website.

This community event is for people of all faiths and beliefs.  For more information on the Tough Dough project go to:  or


St Michaels way

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Neptunalia – outdoor dance at Trebah Gardens


Take the plunge, the water’s lovely, taste the wine and the salty bubbly…

On a storm filled night when clouds were the colour of bad tempers, the briny sea separated Neptune from his son Neleus. But it’s been years… and today, something has washed up on the beach that is neither fish nor bird nor boat. It’s the morning of The Neptunalia Ball, but what or who has arrived? Grab your walking boots as dancing shoes and join us for a maritime feast like no other!
Told through dance, story and installation, this is an odyssey of growing up and leaving home. Of prodigal sons and daughters, tattoo parlours, journeys and mysteries. Leaving home is a story we all relate to: to search out independence, to support ourselves, to be closer to work, family, the sea; to travel in the name of a better life. Through wit, warmth, beauty and dancing, Cornwall’s leading dance company will take us all on a journey in which we’ll recognise a Neptune, a mother, and a child. A delight for all the family!

Neptunalia is premiering at Trebah Gardens, as part of the Salt 2016 Landscape Dance Festival from July 26th – August 11th 2016. Make sure to bring your walking boots and to dress for the weather (and bring a torch for the late shows!) as this is an immersive promenade experience touring around the stunning grounds of Trebah, leading to the Grand Neptunalia Ball on the beach with paella to boot… Book your ‘show & supper’ tickets at for the following dates:

Trebah Gardens (All performances listed start at 7.30pm)
Tuesday 26th July
Wednesday 27th July
Thursday 28th July
Tuesday 2nd August
Wednesday 3rd August
Thursday 4th August
Tuesday 9th August
Wednesday 10th August
Thursday 11th* August
(*11th August has two shows: 6pm and 9pm)

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SALT 2016 – dance & performance in Cornwall

SALT-Dance-2016-300x200Dance Republic 2’s festival of landscape and dance returns to Cornwall this summer, with four brand new performance pieces. SALT 2016 starts on the 2nd of July and runs until the 20th of August, bringing dance and performance to beaches, gardens and clifftops across the county.

‘We are thrilled to bring the festival back following its successful launch in 2013,’ said Antony Waller of Dance Republic 2. ‘It’s an ambitious festival with some real treats in store for audiences of all ages!’

Simon Birch Dance, last seen in Cornwall with their mesmerizing show: Terrarium, returns with a brand new piece of work called Shoreline. The piece premieres at Watergate Bay on the 9th July and is supported by a choir made up of local choral groups and individuals. It explores our connection with the sea and see’s Simon’s trademark stunning choreography danced in water, and on sand and rocks, along shorelines at Kynance Cove, Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove.

Cscape will return to Trebah Garden with the second, brand new performance for SALT 2016. A collaboration with writer Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh/BBC Radio 4) and Cornish dancer/choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves (Matthew Bourne/Kneehigh) Cscape presents Neptunalia: a feast for the heart, soul and belly; culminating in celebrations and dancing on the beach. As Anna Maria Murphy’s writing says, Take the plunge, the water’s lovely, taste the wine and the salty bubbly… The show opens on Tuesday 26th of July with ten dates across the following three weeks.

The third show is a brand new commission by Without Walls, Seachange Arts and Pavilion Dance South West; co-produced by Dance Republic 2 and Gwen Van Spijk; generously supported by Atlantic39/Hawksfield, Cornwall and FEAST. Internationally recognized dance comedy theatre company, New Art Club return to Cornwall with a brand new, touring performance piece called Campervan of Love in which Cupid, known for helping the world to fall in love, has now fallen in love himself, only to discover his powers have deserted him. The brilliant Pete and Tom of New Art Club will tour campsites, beaches and gardens with the help of their hot pink, magical Campervan in search of a solution to his problem.

And finally, the festival is wrapped up on August the 20th by the SALT Summer Ball which takes place at the SAS Ball site, Newdowns Farm.  The ball will be a party in which audiences can see Without Ends from Middleton Corpus, Campervan of Love from New Art Club and another brand new commission to be announced. Performances will then segue into dancing with music from the brilliant DAYTONER and film from VJ Tom Harding. Food and drink will be available to buy on the night and, for those wishing to let their hair down, there’s an opportunity to camp onsite, basic pitches being £10 per tent or campervan!

‘As well as the performances from professional companies and residencies for local dance makers, we are delighted to include youth dance from some of our brilliant Cornwall Dance Partnership projects,’ says Antony. ‘And in order to make the whole festival more accessible to those on low income, or those wishing to see more than one show across the festival, two of the four shows in the programme will be ticketed on a Pay What You Can basis. Audiences can watch the show, then pay what they are able, in to the bucket collections at the end of the performance.’

SALT 2016 has been funded by Arts Council England, FEAST, Headley Trust, Falmouth University, Ernest Cook Trust, St Breock Community Fund and Atlantic 39/Hawksfield, Cornwall. Full programme details will appear on the website and Facebook pages, plus a brochure will be available across Cornwall from June onwards. Tickets for ticketed shows will be available from CRBO on 01726 879500.


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Groundwork Project Co-ordinator – deadline 27 June

Ambition for Excellence award for Groundwork

In January this year we learned that CAST (the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) would be the recipient of a major grant from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence funding scheme, for a programme of activity entitled Groundwork. Ambition for Excellence aims to have a significant impact on the growth of an ambitious arts infrastructure outside London, to grow leadership across art forms, to give an international dimension to excellent work, and to support the highest quality new work. The £500,000 grant to CAST was the first Ambition for Excellence award in Cornwall and only the second in the whole South West region.

CAST has devised the Groundwork programme in partnership with Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (Penzance) and Kestle Barton Trust, building on the experience of working together on previous events such as the Falmouth Convention (2010), the Penzance Convention (2012) and the succession of Cornwall Workshops held at Kestle Barton since 2011. The programme has been shaped by conversations nurtured through these and other events over the last six years and builds on strong working relationships with artists based in Cornwall. Work on developing the Groundwork programme will begin this summer.

In addition to Arts Council England, founding supporters of Groundwork are the Freelands Foundation, Outset and the Quercus Trust. The project is also receiving significant funding from Cornwall Council.

Groundwork will enable CAST and its partners to work with outstanding international artists and to develop projects that will make links with Cornwall’s rich social, economic, geological and artistic history as well as its contemporary cultural life, encouraging national and international connection and exchange. A programme of commissioned field trips, workshops and sited works will build towards an international visual arts festival in 2018.

Rooted in contemporary art, the culmination of the Groundwork programme in 2018 will involve collaborations with dance, film, music, performance, science and visual arts organisations in Cornwall and beyond. Groundwork will also promote creative education for young people, especially through collaboration with Further Education and Higher Education. Ambition for Excellence will enable the organisers of Groundwork to provide unprecedented access to the work of artists of international standing in the form of new commissions and existing work shown in exceptional and unusual locations.

Groundwork Project Co-ordinator

CAST is now seeking an energetic and adaptable Project Co-ordinator, who will play a key role in the development and realisation of the Groundwork programme. The successful applicant will have a strong interest in and engagement with contemporary art and ideas, and at least two years working experience in the field of contemporary art. The Co-ordinator will support the Project Director, Teresa Gleadowe, who will lead on the curatorial development of the programme.

For further information about the Project Co-ordinator post, including details of how to apply, see:

The CAST building at 3 Penrose Road, Helston

CAST is based in Helston, in the former School of Science and Art given to the town by the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards in 1897. The building was extended in 1905 and 1913 when it became a County Secondary School, but it became redundant with the introduction of comprehensive education in the 1970s. In 2012 it was sold by Helston Town Council and purchased by benefactors who now lease it to CAST at a peppercorn rent. Investment from the EU through the Rural Development Programme for England supported the creation of artists’ workspaces in 2013 and the building now provides studios for sixteen artists. A large ground floor room is run as a pop-up café and also hosts CAST’s programme of artists’ talks, screenings, discussions and meetings. A suite of two large first floor rooms is reserved for short lettings and to accommodate meetings and public events. This part of the building will also provide workspace for the Groundwork team.

The Ambition for Excellence grant is for an agreed programme of public activity, devised with partners Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Kestle Barton and Tate St Ives. However Groundwork will also help to develop CAST’s public programme and to demonstrate the potential of the CAST building as a cultural hub. The Trustees of CAST will continue to seek funding from other sources for the extensive renovations that are required to bring the building back to full life.

The CAST website is currently being expanded and will include updates on the Groundwork programme in advance of the launch of a dedicated Groundwork website next year. Enquiries to: []

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Miracle Theatre – two shows this summer!


‘Life’s A Dream’ June 15 – 31 July | ‘The Magnificent Three’ 5 August – 6 September

Gather up your friends and family and join Cornwall’s award winning Miracle Theatre for a special evening under the stars this summer!

Miracle has a reputation for producing, comical, highly entertaining and thought provoking shows, suitable for anyone and everyone.

This summer, for the first time, Miracle presents a rich and varied summer season featuring Life’s a Dream, an epic fable of love, war and destiny and, back by popular demand, The Magnificent Three – a rootin’ tootin’ toe tappin’ comedy western – YEEHAW!

Miracle shows pop up in unexpected and extraordinary places across the South West, including gardens, beaches, castles and clifftops. So pack up a picnic and catch Miracle at your favourite venue or head out and discover somewhere new!

Visit for tickets, tour dates and find a venue near you.


Psspt! Call HFC 01872 262 466 and ask about double-bill ticket discount offer and save £’s


Life’s A Dream

Based on Calderon’s greatest play, La Vida Es Sueño, published 20 years after Shakespeare’s death Life’s a Dream is regarded as the jewel in the crown of Spain’s golden age of theatre.

A young Woman, travelling through a wild and mountainous region, discovers a Prince who has been imprisoned by his father since birth, to foil a prophecy that he will bring disaster to the world and death to the King. Prompted by the Woman, the King is overcome with remorse and sets his son free, giving him the chance to prove his good character. But is it ever possible to escape one’s fate?

A brand new adaption by Bill Scott with music by Tom Adams

Cast: Tom Adams, Hannah Stephens, Catherine Lake, Steve Jacobs, Ben Kernow and Richard Hainsworth.


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Artists – take part in BBC Painting show!

Would you like to receive intensive tuition to unlock your potential and improve your painting skills?

Do you think that with the right coaching and inspiration you could become a truly great artist?

BBC One is looking for amateur painters to take part in an exciting new show which will give 10 artists the chance of a lifetime to discover just how brilliant they can become.

More details here.

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