Klub Kulcha Event, Friday 2 July 1999

Cleveland Arts are hosting an evening of club culture at Stockton Central Library this Friday from 7-10pm as part of the National Year of Reading.

Attractions include an installation by Stockton youth project The Cornerhouse; Playstation games; Breakdancers; Rap artists and freestyle open mic. There will be a DJ Mixing workshop with Voodootek and a comic Book Workshop with artist/writer ILYA whose work includes The End Of The Century Club.

Cinema includes a showing of the film Strangedays starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett.

Stockton Library will be showcasing its collection of books, novels, short stories, poems and CD’s from Club Culture. Admission for the evening is absolutely free!

The event is part of the Beyond Trainspotting cult literature promotion, co-ordinated by Cleveland Arts in partnership with Hartlepool and Stockton Libraries to celebrate the National Year of Reading with a series of innovative library events running throughout June and July. The events, promoting cult literature, are the culmination of development work by groups of young people working with writers and artists to explore contemporary poetry and cult fiction. The creative work combines writing and images to form library exhibitions and installations in Stockton and Hartlepool Central Libraries.

The project is a major initiative, funded by The National Year of Reading, The BT Challenge, The Roald Dahl Foundation, Northern Arts and Buzzwords to strengthen the links between reading and other forms activities that interest young adults. The events are aimed at breaking down some of the stereotypes around reading and library use and tap into many strands of youth culture, from DJs, breakdancers and rappers to boxers, kung fu fighters and fans from Planet Football.

TVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across the Tees Valley, helping people change and improve their lives by taking part in the arts. TVA is a small organisation which makes a big impact in imaginative and unexpected ways.