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NINE

What to expect

The year they were born scientists confirmed a skeleton buried under a car park in Leicester was the English king Richard III.

Since then it’s been an eventful nine years;

Brexit, Minecraft, a climate change emergency, Donald Trump, COVID-19.

But what do they remember and what was actually important to them?

So what does the future look like to these young people? How will they look in the future? Will the world last? Will we ever return to the ‘old normal’? Do they think there will ever be a female pope? Will we eventually all start falling in love with robots?

When they turn 18 the year will be 2031. What will the world be like by then?

This new project from Bootworks Theatre Company will comprise of workshops with children from Robinswood Primary School in Matson who will then perform on the Saturday evening.

Where and when

Robinswood Primary School, Matson

Robinswood Primary School
Underhill Road
Matson
Gloucester
GL4 6HE

Practical details

  • The show lasts between 45 & 55 minutes
  • Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the show starts

    We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖


Directed by James Peachey-Baker, with Rob Daniels and Andy Roberts

Devised and written by Bootworks, with different groups of children

Every time the show takes place, it’s performed by new children. It is therefore slightly different each night; using the experiences, opinions, thoughts and stories of the new performers to make the show anew.



Presented by GL4 in partnership with Strike A Light


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Soumik Datta – Hope Notes

What to expect

“One of the biggest new music talents in Britain” – Vogue

Soumik Datta is a multi-faceted creative combining traditional Indian instrumentals with pertinent spoken word.

A musician, producer and television presenter, Datta has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Anoushka Shankar, Bill Bailey and Nitin Sawhney.

Datta’s work is intertwined with activism and his latest project is no different. His new production ‘Hope Notes’ focuses on sharing refugees’ stories and combines the audio from these personal accounts with electronic sarod, a 19-stringed Indian instrument, string arrangements and animation.

⏰ 1 hour long
😌 Relaxed performance – there are seats if you need them but you can stand, dance and move around whenever you need to

Where and when

Gloucester Guildhall

A big hall right in the city centre – perfect for an atmospheric live music experience

Gloucester Guildhall
23 Eastgate Street
GL1 1NS

Practical details

The show lasts about an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £15-£20. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

⏰ 1 hour long
😌 Relaxed performance – there are seats if you need them but you can stand, dance and move around whenever you need to

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Workshops, meetups & gig night for young activists

A day festival with the aim of building and celebrating community around youth activism in Gloucestershire.

We’re inviting young people (aged 15+) who are doing organising work already, as well as those who want to find a way into activism but aren’t sure whats out there.

Join us for music, food, talks and workshops from inspiring activists and artists, and meet other people doing organising near you!!

🗓 Saturday 30 July, 1-8pm
📍 Kings House (JOLT & The Music Works), Gloucester
🎟 FREE

Age 15+

Lineup

Spread across 5 rooms on 2 floors, you can pick and choose whatever you feel like doing throughout the whole day. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • 1pm: sticker/flyer swap

  • 2pm: arts and activism panel discussion

  • 3pm: resilience training

  • 4pm: zine-making workshop

  • 6pm: dinner! Free food

  • 7pm: live music

Photography and filming will be taking place at this event for documentation and publicity purposes.

We’re putting on some events in Gloucester for you – including workshops, meetups and a gig night.

Get involved in some free events where you can meet and chat with other people like you.

And then, on 30 July, come along to a day of activities and a gig night to let your hair down 🎉

Massive thanks to these brilliant people for making this event possible:

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‘Us’ – youth theatre show on a moving train!

The fantastic Strike A Light youth theatre have been cooking up something special…

A live performance on an actual train!

It’s an original show called ‘Us’ – all the Youth Theatre’s own ideas and work 🎉

It’s been specially commissioned by Cross Country and Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership

You should come and see it!

The show starts at Gloucester Train Station.

Then, we’ll all take our seats on the train as it sets off for Lydney.

During the journey, you’ll get to watch an amazing, original performance from the brilliant Youth Theatre members (ages 11-16).

At the other end, there’ll be a short walk to Lydney waterfront, where the show finishes.

Then you’ll have some time to explore the beautiful scenery and grab a drink in the local cafe, before heading home whenever suits you.

Your ticket includes the train journey AND a free drink and cake from Hips Social cafe in Lydney.

The show tickets are pay-what-you-choose, so you can get all that for free if you want!

Times, locations and other important info

10:20 Meet at Gloucester Train Station, Bruton Way GL1 1DE for safety briefing and ticket collection

10:30 Performance begins

11:00 All board train from Gloucester to Lydney

11:20 Arrive at Lydney Train Station

11:40 Performance finishes at Lydney Harbour, GL15 4ER

Everyone is then welcome to explore the beautiful surroundings, with a map provided by us, and enjoy a drink and slice of cake from the local independent cafe at Lydney Harbour. This is all included in your ticket

12:55 Return train journey from Lydney to Gloucester (included in your ticket). This is the next available train back to Gloucester, although you may decide to stay longer and choose an alternative train time that suits you.

There is a 15 minute walk from Lydney Train Station to the harbour. The ground is uneven so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements so we can inform the cafe prior to your visit.

Any questions or queries, please contact charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

This event has limited capacity so please only attend if you have a ticket.
This event is now sold out!

This project is only possible thanks to these brilliant people:

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Hungry Nation – part 1: conversation

What to expect

Eat, listen and debate to find out how food poverty is related to us.

You might not be suffering from food poverty, but in Coventry, there are still people who struggle for food and experience being hungry in their daily life. 

Listen to our 10 storytellers, who have lived experience of being hungry or accessing emergency food banks, as they share their personal stories in a relaxed performance over lunch or dinner at Foleshill Community Centre – Coventry’s first and largest Social Supermarket.

Hungry Nation is an opportunity for us all to hear some of the key issues related to food poverty faced by Coventry people today. We’ll add to the collective’s solutions in a friendly debate and generate ideas for what must be changed.

Strike A Light have been working with Coventry participants to collectively create this performance together. Hungry Nation will culminate in April 2022 as part of Coventry UK City of Culture with a larger public performance that is co-curated with the participants. 

Co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Strike A Light. Supported by Spirit of 2012, Arts Council England, Strike A Light, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Feeding Coventry.

Image: Jo Newman

1 in 4 parents in the UK have skipped a meal as they cannot afford it

End Hunger UK

All ticket sales will go directly to Feeding Coventry, a small charity with big ambition: to create a food resilient city in Coventry where nobody goes hungry.

Where and when

Foleshill Community Centre

A community centre offering a hub for events, activities and other functions for the local population

Friday 3 December 2021, 1.30pm & 7pm

757 Foleshill Rd
Coventry
CV6 5HS

Practical details

This event will be captioned.

Together, we will discuss how to solve the key issues that many people in Coventry are facing today in a friendly debate over food.Headline topics include:

  • What are the root causes of food poverty in Coventry – and what are the local, and national, policy solutions?
  • What are the main barriers that people face when accessing food?
  • Should we have a right to food?
  • How can we work together to help people avoid becoming hungry?

Facilitator: Dr Jasber Singh, Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University

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‘I Remember When…’

Missed the live event? Watch the video of the evening!

Stories from the Windrush generation in Gloucester

Hear Elders from Gloucester tell their stories of life in the city – in the 1960s and today.

Featuring live music from a local band, free Caribbean food and a performance from spoken word artist and Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

if you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all

Chinua Achebe

Can’t make it to the event in-person? Watch the free livestream online! ▶️

There’s been really high demand for this event! And we know that, even if we still had tickets available, not everyone is able to attend events in-person. So we’re going to livestream the evening as well.

Let us know your email address and we’ll send you a link to watch the online video stream of the event – live from 6.30pm on Tues 2 November.

What to expect

Join us at the Guildhall for a celebratory evening of stories, film and spoken word – complete with live band and free Caribbean food.

The evening kicks off with a relaxed meal in the main hall. Grab a plate and take the chance to chat as the band gets started.

There’ll be live music while you eat, and then the lights will go down, the big screen will come on and you’ll have the opportunity to watch Elders from Gloucester tell their stories in short films.

The films will be interspersed with spoken word performances from fantastic poets, including Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

Where and when

A photograph of the Gloucester Guildhall's The Hall space.

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester’s premiere music and performance venue, right in the middle of Eastgate Street.

Gloucester Guildhall
Eastgate Street
Gloucester, GL1 1NS

Practical details

The evening lasts 2 hours in total, including the food, the band, the filmed stories and the spoken word performances.

The Guildhall will be laid out ‘cabaret-style’, with chairs grouped around tables on the hall floor.

Food will be served from 6.30pm. The bar will also be open and serving drinks. You’re welcome to take food and drinks with you into the hall, for the band and the films.

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Gloucester Presents… Fashion Show

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with incredible artists to come up with their own creative event?

Well, this…

The end product: Fashion Show 🤩🎉

Fashion Show @ Gloucester Rooftop Festival. 🎥 Fluxx Films

the community

Ambitions Dance
Local young people and volunteers

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the artists

Dani Harris-Walters sits on marble stairs looking down the camera lens.
Choreographer Dani Harris-Walters
Designer Valerie Simms
Producer Philippa Smith

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the idea

A choreographed fashion show using dance, wearable art and music to tell a story of a journey through time – beginning with the Windrush and ending with life as we know it today.

See more ‘Gloucester Presents…’ events

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Let Artists Be Artists – experiment sharing session

What is it?

A 1.5 hour online sharing session, reporting back on what we’ve learnt from the first few months of our ‘Let Artists Be Artists’ experiment.

This ‘industry sharing’ event is aimed at anyone interested in the idea of finding new ways to work with and support artists – in particular, organisations or individuals considering trying out a similar approach, testing out a new model for commissioning or reviewing how they work with artists.

The focus will be on sharing what we’ve learned so far, with three main goals in mind:

  1. to continue to be transparent in the whole process
  2. to hopefully make it easy for others to try out something similar for themselves
  3. to stimulate ongoing conversation about how to build a fairer, more adventurous arts industry

We will share:

  • How the project came about
  • The purpose of the experiment, but also the nuts and bolts of how it worked in practice
  • How we involved artists in its development
  • The recruitment process: how it was run, what worked and what didn’t (both from our perspective and that of artists)
  • The 3 appointed LABA artists will share their experiences so far
  • Specific resources and documentation from everything so far – everything from the overall project framework down to the Google Sheets and Apps Script we used to make shortlisting more manageable

Practical details and how to join

The session will take place online, via Zoom (live captioning available)

Places are free, but you do need to book in advance so that we have an idea of numbers! (You’re also welcome to make a donation towards our work if you’d like to!)

We will send out the Zoom link and joining information to all bookers closer to the date of the session (Weds 15 Sep)

Funders and partners

We’re so grateful to all of the organisations who are joining us to make this a reality:

Action Hero | The Arts Development Company | Bristol Ferment | Create Gloucestershire | GL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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Outdoor circus (x2!) at the old bowling green

What to expect

‘Roll Up, Roll Up’ by Simple Cypher

Amazing, physically-impressive tricks performed with effortless agility – including a whole routine inside a massive, spinning steel ring known as a Cyr wheel.

Watch as the two performers build on each others’ moves, combining freestyle hip hop and b-boying with juggling and acrobatics to wow audiences of all ages.

‘Pirate Taxi’ by Pirates of the Carabina

Have you ever seen someone spinning, upside down, in a hoop, 20ft up in the air, balanced by their partner, on the ends of a see-sawing ladder, rotating on top of a car?

Sometimes serious, but more often funny, Pirate Taxi is a family-friendly circus show for adventurers of all ages. Enjoy incredible aerial performance on an incredible set – literally built in and on an old-school London taxi!

The funnest start to a Saturday afternoon in Gloucester, with 2 fantastic circus performances back-to-back!

“will delight, surprise and inspire the whole family”

Pirates of the Carabina review – Belinda Seeney

Where and when

Saturday 11 September 2021, 2pm

Greyfriars Bowling Green
Gloucester, GL1 1HT

The old bowling green 😮🤩

A hidden gem, tucked away in the middle of Gloucester. It’s normally locked up but we’ve got access specially for this event!

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

circus skills parkour impressive physical feats fun activities for kids family outings acrobatics people working together taxis?!

These are two shows that anyone can enjoy. The content is suitable for all ages. Even cynical teenagers will be impressed by the giant spinning wheel tricks or the balancing act on a 30ft scaffold.

Bring the family, or your mates, or just pop along on your own. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

Practical details and tickets

The two shows combined last about an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

An event like this would often cost £10-£15. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone! Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

There won’t be seating at the bowling green, so bring a chair or a blanket if you’d like something to sit on.

It’s a big space for 100 audience members so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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