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Congratulations to Improvised Beach Party, who won the FiverFest final on Saturday 22 March. The Cambridge-based band were voted in to the top spot by the audience following their success at the December heat.

The band have won £200 cash and a 2-day recording session at The Hub Sound Studios.

Photo: Elliot Hingston

Keep up with the band at facebook.com/Improvised.Beach.Party

The Fiver returns on Friday 11 April with Flux 32, 28 Boulevard, Surf, Soft Like Camel and The Staycations. 

Full details here

24/03/2014 - 16:49

DIY 11: 2014 – Call for Proposals

Deadline for proposals: 12noon Tuesday 28th April 2014.

"Exhausting, Exhilarating & Affirming." - Participant in Kira O’Reilly’s Combating the Body, DIY10: 2013

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

We are planning to support a minimum of 23 DIY projects that will take place across the UK from July to November 2014. Each project will receive £1,000 support.

DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners: Artsadmin (national), Arts Pavillion Bournemouth, Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre, Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre (London), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Contact Manchester, Create Ireland, Duckie (London), Folkestone Fringe, Forest Fringe (Scotland), hÅb(Manchester), KARST(Plymouth), Live at LICA (North West), National Theatre Studio(London), National Theatre Wales, Norwich Arts CentrePlatform (national), Sound and Music (national), STUN(Manchester) Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

More information, including online application process, at thisisliveart.co.uk

19/03/2014 - 12:24

Are you interested in writing / blogging about contemporary performance? Do you want to work with some of the UK’s best arts writers? Want to publish on your own blog, or write for Slate The Disco? Want to discuss theatre and dance with interesting people?

As part of Cambridge Junction’s commitment to arts in the region, we are seeking to develop a critical ecology around contemporary performance, which we believe is lacking in the area. It’s vital for the cultural life of the city for shared understanding, for audiences’ context, legacy of the shows, development of the artists presenting the work, as well as profile-raising for the artists and sometimes the venue.

Writing about performance doesn’t need to be in the form a traditional review; we’re interested in all kinds of responses, reflecting the variety of performance made. Perhaps it doesn’t even need to be written?

This season, to kick start this, we are offering three workshops with professional theatre writers, tied into shows in the season:

· Thursday 10th April - Workshop with Matt Trueman watching GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN – Number 1, The Plaza

· Thursday 24th April –Workshop with Maddy Costa, watching 30 Bird – Domestic Labour: A Study in Love

· Tuesday 20th May – Workshop with Donald Hutera, watching Igor and Moreno – Idiot-Synchrasy

  Each workshop will take roughly the following form:

· 6.00pm – meet to discuss views and functions of writing and expectations of the show

· 7.30pm – watch the show together        

· After the show – discuss initial reactions to the performance.

· Once a response has been written in the next few days, the workshop leader will be able to feed back on the writing via email, and discussion can continue at next workshop.

All these workshops (and the tickets) are offered free of charge, but we ask that you commit to attending all three workshops, if at all possible.

We are also offering two free tickets to any theatre and dance shows here that you are interested in writing about, as long as you commit to publishing a response online within a week after the show, sending us a link to it, and doing the same for at least 3 shows this season. (If the offer of free tickets confuses the response into a transaction for you, you’re welcome to buy.)

 For more information, and to register for the workshops, please email Arts Producer, Daniel Pitt on daniel.pitt@junction.co.uk asap, before 7th April. 

13/03/2014 - 15:45

We have just announced our full spring arts season jam-packed with over 30 pieces of contemporary performance including a broad range of theatre, dance, cabaret, circus and more.

We’re also pleased to present two new one-day festivals; Night Watch (anon-stop 24 hour festival of new performance) and monomania (exploring sound art, live art, and installation) as well as shows that form parts of the Cambridge Science Festival and EAT Cambridge.

Theatre highlights include new exciting offerings from celebrated international companies Gob Squad (Germany) and post (Australia) alongside the welcome return of Cambridge favourites NIE and Night Light Theatre. We’re also proud to be presenting six performances of Frozen Light’s Tunnels – a multi-sensory production for teenagers with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and their companions.

Dance fans will be pleased to see a wide selection of pieces by companies including Jean Abreu Dance and Igor and Moreno as well as thrilling acrobatics from Square Peg Contemporary Circus.

There are opportunities to get involved too - following a successful inaugural event in the autumn we are inviting local artists to apply to share short pieces at Views from the ‘Bridge an evening of Cambridgeshire-based contemporary performance. Workshops this season include a masterclass by award winning Cambridge-based comedy/dance pioneers New Art Club and another chance to learn how to create music using Raspberry Pi.

If you’d like to get a taste of what we have store this spring, we are holding a Season Launch Night on Thursday 6th February hosted by the hilarious New Art Club. The night will feature an appearance by drag fabulist Dickie Beau, live music, and food from Cambridge culinary sensations Steak and Honour (plus a free drink if you sign up in advance too!). The last two season launches have sold out in advance so don’t leave it too late to book!

Full details of the arts programme can be found here with family listings here.

17/01/2014 - 15:11
Cambridge Junction has announced that it is to recruit a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

This exciting position will involve providing leadership to the Board of Trustees, working closely with the CEO, supporting philanthropy and fundraising activities, and helping shape the future of the organisation.

Derek Bowden, outgoing Chair says: “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as Chair of Cambridge Junction but am standing down because of new professional commitments. I have enjoyed working with staff and fellow trustees and have valued the opportunity to help shape the organisation. Cambridge Junction is a unique venue in the city – offering young people and those young-at-heart a special place to experience arts and entertainment.”

Selection process: Expressions of interest will be considered by a nominations panel made up of three Board members and the CEO. Meetings with prospective Chairs will be held in the week commencing 2 December 2013.
 
Expressions of interest deadline: 6pm on Monday 25 November 2013.
 
To express your interest please download an application pack here
04/11/2013 - 18:44
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