A Vast and Incidental Kind of Holding

Mon 23 Nov

Conversations on expanded multi-dimensional ideas of anatomy, divination, geography and language, seeking to bring transformational movement to ideas of trauma and healing as they are shaped by oppressive systems and given form in our bodies.

Wed 25 November 2020

10:00-17:00 GMT/11:00-18:00 CET


As part of Live Art Development Agency’s DIY programme, Cambridge Junction has partnered with Gioriga Ohanesian Nardin & Jamila Johsnon-Small on ‘A Vast and Incidental Kind of Holding’.

“hyper awareness is violence to myself / it is not a choice to be in a continual state of friction”

“What is this work and if it is survival work, why can it leave us feeling devastated? This is not necessarily a sign of growth or healing, or if it is a part of these processes, how can I/we support that? What do we do with it, how can we move through it? I guess I want to think together about/allow a being in, this wake, hitting up against hostile architectures that exist inside and around us.”

We (Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin & Jamila Johnson-Small/SERAFINE1369) are hosting a conference with guest speakers working across different fields invited to discuss their strategies for and approaches to facilitation; on how embodying the work that they do invites an approach to and views on holding, guidance, navigating and working with language to support the communication and manifestations of their visions and intentions. The speakers are Kopano Maroga, Daniella Valz Gen, Selam Tesfai.

We are thinking about expanded ideas of anatomy, divination, geography, and the ways that ideologies in/form language and bodies/gesture as ways to think about - and bring movement to - trauma as it is held in bodies and perpetuated by systems, including ideas of healing and the wellness industry. 

Trauma and healing are two words come up often in the work that we both do, and we take issue with how they are situated within, and mobilised (sometimes weaponised) by, pop and queer cultural discourses and practices, and as such, absorbed into our lives, daily practices of relating and communicating and conceiving of ‘self’. There are lots of monolithic and slippery words that we would like to think about together and with others, untouchable unbreakable seemingly immovable shape-shifting looming objects of false promises and disguised violence. 

The conference will be a collage of questions, predicaments, criticism, strategies and responses that come up as we navigate how to embody the things we aim to share as artists and facilitators. We want the day to offer some energetic cleansing, some poetry and the opportunity to speak critically, curiously and kindly as we think together about crafting and sharpening tools for the destruction of oppressive systems. 

A public fragment of our ongoing conversations can be found HERE

For more information about this DIY, including the schedule of the conference and attendance information, please CLICK HERE

Image ©Kamee Abrahamian


Something to look forward to for when lockdown ends...

Thu 5 Nov

For the last few weeks, we've been planning a great little run of socially distanced shows at Cambridge Junction, our first events in this new whatever. We've been talking with musicians and comedians, spoken word and performance artists, we've worked out how we can welcome you safely and host you all in the style which you'd expect from us. We've been doing all this with a careful eye on everything that is happening right now.

Though the very necessary Lockdown 2 might put the kibosh on things, we're putting these winter warmers on sale today. We want to share some joy with you, we want to share great stories and experiences with you all again, and we want to share with you our hope that this can go ahead as we've planned.

Below you'll find info on all the measures that we've put in place to ensure your and our safety. As these will be socially distanced performances, capacity is limited so we expect these events to sell out quickly. You can buy tickets now in full confidence as we will work to reschedule gigs to a future date and give refunds if we can't go ahead or you're unable to come for any reason relating to COVID-19.

Socially Distanced Live Events

Inja & Hollie McNish // Thu 10 Dec

Lou Sanders, Luke Kempner & Travis Jay // Sat 12 Dec

Daniel Oliver: Weird Séance // Wed 16 Dec

  • Cambridge Junction Members Pre-sale opens 10am Fri 06 November.
  • On general sale 10am Sat 07 November 


Keeping our audiences, artists and staff safe is our priority and we are therefore taking the following measures:

  • Significantly reduced capacity
  • Socially-distanced seating or marked standing areas
  • Mandatory face coverings when not eating or drinking (unless exempt)
  • Contactless digital ticketing
  • Staggered arrival times
  • Table service
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the building

Full details of all COVID-19 safety measures and details of socially distanced events can be found HERE

Would Like to Meet Installation Launches in Cambridge

Fri 23 Oct

From Saturday 24 October 2020 the lovely people of Cambridge are invited to have a nose around Ross Street for Would Like to Meet! 

Would Like To Meet


Earlier this year Scottee & Friends partnered with Cambridge Junction to ask the good people of the city one question - after everything that had happened this year would you like to really get to know the people living next door? Hundreds of people came forward to nominate their street but we could only work with one! 

So why not pop along and check out the installation and whilst your at it, you can listen to the podcast recordings documenting Matty May and Toni Lewis as they got to know the residents of Ross Street. More information and a link to the recordings can be found HERE 

The installation will be up until Saturday 07 November, plenty of time to take a peak during your daily exercise.


Getting to Ross Street:

  • The postcode is CB1 3BU
  • Ross Street is about a 15-20min stroll from Cambridge Station
  • Keep Your Distance
  • Please keep safe, sanitised and bring a mask just in case.



  • Ross Street is a residential street with on street parking. The pavements in some areas can be uneaven.


WLTM Cambridge is commissioned by Cambridge Junction as part of Here & Now festival. #WLTMCambs

Here For Culture

Mon 12 Oct


Following the Government’s earlier announcement of the recipients of the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund we are thrilled to let you know that we have been awarded a grant of £398,459 to get us back on our feet.

"After months of holding our breath and nerve, today's announcement of Culture Recovery funding for Cambridge Junction comes as a huge relief. We're very grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for these vital resources and this vote of confidence in our ability to reshape and recover over the coming months. The money we've secured will enable us to refocus our programmes, to re-engage with audiences, to work with communities, to support young people's creative learning and collaborate with freelance and independent artists, practitioners and creatives in developing new work. We will also further explore socially distanced, online and outdoor performance. Through all of this we want to bring joy to people's lives again, though a joy that is inclusive of the hope, grief and sadness we might also feel. We want to continue old and start new conversations, with people in communities and with artists, that begin with a simple question; what do you need from us? And we're properly excited by where these conversations, this space for imagining, might lead us..."

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction 

Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Photos: Claire Haigh Photography & David L Hone LRPS

An update from our Artistic Director

Fri 4 Sep


When we shut to the public back in March, we thought that it might be eight or twelve weeks before we re-opened. Five months later, we are certainly working through a very real life worst case scenario. I want to thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.

As I'm sure you will have seen, the guidance regarding public indoor performances changes regularly and at short notice. Socially distanced performances may be a safer option but are largely not financially viable. With plans regularly changing and additional funding not yet available to us or other organisations, we and all our friends and partners across the arts and entertainment sectors are doing all we can to continue to protect all our health and well-being, and working to imagine new ways of working for the future.

Unfortunately as of today, I'm sad to say that it looks unlikely that our live gigs and club nights will return before next year. Again, I know this will come as a massive disappointment. We will continue to work to find creative solutions but right now there are very few options available to us. We all share your disappointment as you can imagine. If you have tickets for a show in the next few months, we will contact you and offer a full refund, as soon as we have confirmed a rescheduled date.

A couple of days ago we submitted our application to the Culture Recovery Fund. The funds that we hope to secure will help us restart the organisation and to bring staff out of furlough. Bringing people out of furlough will allow us to properly plan how we will adapt our programmes to the current situation. And in changing our plans we want to do all we can to work in and with our communities and to find new ways to reconnect with you all.

Our proposal in the short term, is to refocus our programmes on creative learning and community projects, artist development and residencies. We will also explore socially distanced and outdoor performances where these are viable, and look at how we share more work online. We want to find different ways to work outside the building and in communities. And we will want to talk with you about what you might want from us, the stories that we might help you to tell or the songs we might sing with you.

In re-imagining how we work in communities, one of our first projects will be Scottee & Friends' Would Like To Meet and we will have more news to share on this soon. We're excited too to be working with our resident company New International Encounter on something special for Christmas, and can't wait to tell you more about this once we've got the team back together. We will be restarting our creative learning programme and continuing to work with Total Arts and Junction Young Company across the autumn. Though we won't be open to the public, we will be making the most of our resources and offering space and time to artists and companies to make new work in the building. So we are certainly going to be busy if not in the ways you and we would love to be.

We continue to be incredibly grateful for all your support, and welcome to all our new members, supporters and patrons. If you can, donating the value of refunded tickets or joining us as a members is a fantastic way to help us through this period. You'll see below that we're also fundraising for one of our team, and there will be a live and online quiz in a few weeks to raise some cash to buy Irving a new and much needed powered wheelchair. Help us all you are able.

As ever, please do let me know if you have any questions or thoughts to share.

All best

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction



Things you can still get involved in whilst we're closed...


Wheels of Fortune: A Quiz Night to Raise Money for Irving’s New Powered Wheelchair

hosted by Lewis Jones and Irving McCormick.

Irving has been part of Total Arts  for nearly a decade and if you have seen any Total Arts films before, you will most certainly recognise him. Irving has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is in need of a new powered wheelchair to improve his everyday health and circulation.

Join us on 16 September, 7-10pm for Wheels of Fortune, a live-streamed quiz to raise money for Irving’s new wheelchair.

more info


Annie Dressner: Online Album Launch

Fri 04 Sep

New Routes favourite Annie Dressner celebrates the launch of her new album 'Coffee At The Corner Bar' with an online gig on our Facebook Page.

more info


Jonny & The Baptists: Love You & Hate Covid

Tue 22 Sep

Jonny & The Baptists bring riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity in to your home with this livestreamed event.

more info


Where I Go (When I Can’t Be Where I Am)

watch on BBC iPlayer

Rachel Bagshaw, Chris Thorpe and the team behind the multi-award winning theatre show The Shape of the Pain; which toured to Cambridge Junction in 2019; have created an exciting and innovative film adaptation!

more info