Oh well, doesn’t this make you feel good? Niel Bushnell has featured us in his “Year of Author Events” for 2014. And better than that we’ve made No. 1. We’re just gonna pat ourselves on the back:
1. MacMillan Academy, Middlesbrough. I spent a week at the MacMillan Academy helping the pupils develop and write a script for an animated film about climate change. Under the guidance of animator Mark Jobe the pupils designed and animated their script. The completed film has gone on to be short-listed for awards and screened at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Kids for Kids UK at the BFI Southbank and will be screened at Hollywood Shorts in Los Angeles this November.
If you didn’t manage to catch the broadcast of the Great North Passion on Good Friday then you’ll have another opportunity to hear our Tees Valley Afro Womens’ Creative Group Choir at next week’s upcoming WorldFest Youth & Community Event event, hosted by Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt next Friday 27th June 2014 from 7pm to 9pm.
This is a free, warm and friendly musical get together which will also feature special guest Don-E, soul-singer, songwriter and member of Grace Jones’ band; The Roma Band, a local group, specialising in ethnic roma music; as well as talented young performers from TVA’s own MusicMix programme. It should be a night to remember so please join us!
Tees Valley Arts is delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant events celebrating local and global music, bringing the wider world to your door – to set your toes tapping and your spirits soaring.
TVA thanks the Northern Rock Foundation, the Youth Music Foundation and Middlesbrough Town Hall – without all of whom these great things couldn’t happen.
WorldFest Youth and Community Event, Friday, 27th June 2014
Featuring talented young people from Teesside, many of whom take part in the TVA Musicmix project, performing great songs and music; the Tees Valley Afro-Women’s Creative Group choir – as seen live on BBC1 performing in the Great North Passion programme on Good Friday earlier this year; the Roma Band – exciting Roma music from one of our newer Teesside communities; and our very special guest Don E – soul singer and songwriter extraordinaire – who also works with many leading female vocalists including regularly touring with the very legendary Grace Jones.
This fantastic event is free – where else could you get such a great offer?
Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt Doors 7pm start, 7.30pm to 9pm Tickets FREE entry, all welcome, family friendly, children must be accompanied Bar None, but soft drinks available
WorldFest, Saturday, 28th June 2014
This will be a great night of world music, to listen to, to share, to enjoy and to dance to – get on down!
We open with Heritage Survival, all the way from Zimbabwe, bringing you music from Southern Africa, guaranteed to get you dancing; then the lovely Shurooq Abu Alnas and her band bring you Arabic-flavoured music from Sudan; and finally, Dennis Bovell, Reggae Britannia maestro and doyen of Lovers’ Rock (as featured in ‘Sounds Like London – the history of 100 years of black music in the capital’), brings his Dub Reggae Sound System to close out the night.
Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt Doors open 7.30pm, start 8pm to 11pm Tickets £5 on the door or available here. Under 14’s free Bar Yes but Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and will be wristbanded at the door; Under 25s may need ID.
Apart from the copies of our own publications, Tees Valley Arts have amassed a substantial physical and digital library of resources from local, regional and national arts and cultural organisations, etc.
We’re always happy for people to pop by and take a look and see if we have anything that might help them, maybe in the context of their artistic practice or perhaps finding out about more fundraising opportunities, or if you’re interested in researching the last 30 years of creative activity in Teesside.
Creative Activity Resources
Exhibition Equipment Library
Tees Valley Arts have a range of easels and plinths that are managed for us by Navigator North. If you’d like to use any of that equipment please do get in touch.