STEVENAGE "MINI" FESTIVAL – June 2016


The main and fringe parts of the Festival for June 2015 are now over but, in case you missed some of the festival , there a mini-video that you can watch here: Festival 2015 Video
The Stevenage Festival provides a showcase for the wealth of local artistic and performing talent to be found within the Stevenage area.

In 2016, the year of Stevenage's 70th anniversary, we are holding a mini-festival with a number of events over a total of 5 days with a limited number of fringe events that also celebrate the anniversary. The heart of the Festival is 4 nights of performances at the Gordon Craig Theatre, enabling local people, particularly our talented youngsters, to realise a dream by performing on stage in their community’s own theatre.

These events are amongst the first in the period of Stevenage's celebrations after Stevenage Day 2016. The name of the celebration is StevenageOak@70 and the logo is this one (see below)....look out for it on programmes or poster advertising events in 2016 (through to November 2016). The overall coverage of all the events in the Stevenage Oak at 70 period is covered by its own website www.stevenageoakat70.org - visit there for information on Stevenage Day and other events.

The Gordon Craig programme of events is listed below, but below those are a number of vibrant Festival fringe of community arts events around Stevenage.

Wednesday 15th of June to Saturday the 18th of June 2016
Click on links below to jump lower down the page for more details on the event.

 

Wed 15
Jun
7:30pm

Stevenage Celebrates!

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Party hats etc symbolising celebration

A celebration of our town's performing talent, featuring local actors, singers and musicians. Join us for a varied and entertaining evening to say Happy Birthday to Stevenage.

Tickets: £9, No Concessions

 

Thu 16
Jun
7:00pm

Schools Night

GCT -
Main Hall

Image of schools performance 2015

This ever popular showcase for our youngest musicians gives hundreds of local school students the chance to join in the celebrations by taking the stage.

This event sold out quickly in 2015 so, to avoid disappointment, BOOK early!

Tickets: £9, No Concessions

 

Fri 17
Jun
7:00pm

Dance Extravaganza

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Tableau image from 2015 Dance extravaganza

Our Dance Extravaganza performance brings together pupiuls of all ages from Stevenage dance for an exciting and colourful evening featuring all styles of dance.

Tickets: £9, No Concessions

 

Sat 18
Jun
7:30pm

Last Night of the Proms

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

View of orchestra playing at previous Last Night of Proms

Join our local musicians, singers and soloists to round off the Festival with an evening of traditional light classical music, cpomplete with flags and audience participation.

Tickets: £9, No Concessions

For information about other events that are taking place during this mini Festival please see the following list of Fringe Events.

 

31 May -
4 Jul

Arts Exhibition

Gordon
Craig
Theatre
Foyer
Gallery

Local Arts organisations showing pictures and paintings.

Tickets: Free
Please note that you should be able to visit the exhibition during the opening hours of Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. However for operational reasons access may sometimes be restricted and we recommend calling the centre on 01438 363200 to check if making a special journey.

 

Fri 17
Jun
7:45pm

Parnassus Poetry
When words are not enough .... oh, wait a minute, yes they are!

GCT -
Ellen Terry
Suite

Parnassus Performance presents another evening of alternative poetry and entertainment etc.

Tickets: £5, No Concessions

 

Sat 18
Jun
10-5
Sun 19
12-6

Stevenage Flower Festival

St. Andrew
and
St.
George's
Church

South Stevenage Flower Club and Stevenage Floral Art Society will be filling the church with colourful displays to celebrate not only Stevenage's 70th anniversary but also the 60th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the church by Her Majesty the Queen Mother in 1956.
For current info visit www.stevenagechurch.org.

Tickets: Admission free. For more details contact Edna on 01438 227084.

 

Sat 18
Jun
7.30 pm

Stevenage Ladies choir present:
Choir Concert

All
Saints
Church,
The
Oval

Performing a wide variety of music from show tunes, to pop music and classic choral pieces, raising money for the Stevenage Churches Interdenominational Mission Project.
For more information visit www.stevenageladieschoir.co.uk.

Tickets: £8 Adult, £6 Concession

 

Sun 19
Jun
6:30pm

Stevenage Churches Together presents:
Songs of Praise

St. Andrew
and
St. George's
Church

Come along and sing some favourite hymns and worship songs surrounded by the beautiful floral displays from the Stevenage Flower Festival. We'll be hearing from a number of Stevenage residents about what Stevenage means to them. All welcome - just turn up.
For more info see; www.stevenagechurch.org

Tickets: Free

 

Sat 25
Jun
7:30pm

Lytton Players present:
Shakespeare and Chardonnay

Lytton
Theatre

An open Mic night at the Theatre Bar for Poetry and Spoken Word but this time based on the works of Shakespeare. So it's a pint of sonnets for me and a collection of shakespeare readings for the wife, please!

Tickets: Contact Lytton Players on 01438 357407 for price and tickets

 

Sat 2
Jul
10:00am -
4:00pm

STEVENAGE AND KNEBWORTH ARTS GROUP presents:
Of Suffragettes, Singers and Symphonists

Community
Arts
Centre,
Roaring
Meg

Study Day 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Women composers in the 19th and 20th Century
From Clara Schumann to Ethel Smyth and Cathy Berberian, the last few centuries have witnessed an extraordinary array of hugely talented women composers and musicians. Whether curbing their ambitions to remain within the bounds of decorum, or publicly flouting the apparent 'limitations' of their sex, these indivudals created an enduring musical and cultural legacy, sometines with important political ramifications.

Many were also talented performers and international celebrities, touring and concertising to great public and critical acclaim. This study day will explore the lives and achievements of some of these remarkable women and their impact on musical culture, including local Stevenage and Knebworth composers Elizabeth Lutyens and Elizabeth Poston.

The day will include some live musical performances.

For more details and to obtain tickets please contact Hilary Spiers 01438 350217 or email johnhilary1@virginmedia.com

Ticket cost: £20 including lunch (MUST BE PREBOOKED)

 

Sat 2
July
7:30pm

Stevenage Choral Society presents:
Mass in Blue by Will Todd

Stevenage Music Centre

Image of Mass in BLue Vocal score

Will Todd's Mass in Blue is a dynamic, uplifting, and highly popular jazz setting of the Latin mass. The work features driving grooves and blues harmonies, with provision for short piano solos (notated or improvised) and great moments of musical interplay between soprano soloist and choir. It's a worthy centre-piece for any concert.

Accompaniment: Call Me Al trio
Soprano Soloist: Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Please visit the Choral society website for advance ticket booking details: www.stevenagechoral.org.uk

Tickets: £10 (£12 on the night), Under 16s £5

 

Wed 6
Jul
7.30 pm

Stevenage Family History Society present:
The Breadwinner - a talk by Meryl Catty

Friends
Meeting
House,
Cuttys
Lane

This talk explores the working lives of our ancestors and includes a wide range of source material, background reading and case studies. Visitors very welcome.
For more information visit www.stevenagefhs.site88.net.

Tickets: £3 including refreshments.

 

Sat 9
Jul
10-1

Stagecoach Theatre Arts present:
Theatre workshop

Barclay
School,
Walkern
Road

Coinciding with Stevenage’s 70th birthday, this summer term marks our 20th birthday too! Come and celebrate by signing up for our free workshop. Different times for different age groups: 10am-1pm (for 6 to 16 year olds) and 11.15am to 12.45pm (for 3½ to 5 year olds).
Booking essential as spaces are strictly limited. Book a place by phone by calling the Principal, Louise Winstone on 07746 331077 or by email on stevenage@stagecoach.co.uk

For more information visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/stevenage.

Tickets:Free

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