The Punch, The Sandwich, The Cake

Thu 28 Jul

Hunt & Darton, QECF and Cambridge Junction present The Punch, The Sandwich, The Cake

A free, fabulous and fun activity for all the family

12 – 2pm on Saturday 13th August

Outside the shops on Wulfstan Way – All welcome!

QECF have teamed up with Cambridge Junction and artists Hunt & Darton to bring a selection of wonderful, creative and silly activities throughout Queen Edith this year, with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The next event will be from 12 – 2pm on Saturday 13th August, The Punch, The Sandwich, The Cake. Hunt & Darton want to make a meal with you. This will be your chance to join in the human chain to prepare food and drink for all. Maybe you oversee buttering or garnishing, maybe you get to squirt the cream on the cake, chop the pineapple or simply keep the chain moving. Join us at Wulfstan Way as we create an absurd conveyor belt of micromanagement. And of course – eat our yummy creations!

Hotbed Theatre Festival 2022 - now on sale!

Thu 30 Jun

Hotbed Theatre Festival 2022

Welcome to Hotbed 2022

15-17 July 2022

Produced by Menagerie at Cambridge Junction.

The year’s festival is, as always, about embracing and discovering new writing -  with new plays, new events and new opportunities for audiences and artists in this, the twenty-first year of Hotbed!

At the heart of the festival we have an extraordinary verbatim piece from Ukraine - The Summer Before Everything. Written by Bohdan Tokarskyi and Maria Montague, this is a play created from the words of Ukrainians, taking us inside the tumultuous 2014 revolution and war. The testimonies of three Ukrainians on the ground are extraordinary stories of flight, fight and survival, sounding an unheeded warning of the invasion to come.

The performance on Saturday 16th July will include a talk-back with the writers and Ukrainian experts. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting humanitarian charities in Ukraine.

Other highlights of the festival this year,  include new works from festival favourites the Performance Artists Hannah Maxwell and Chris Dobrowolski. Chris will be delving into his lockdown work around politics and art, while Hannah will be exploring her infatuation with France’s 2020 Eurovision song contest entrant!

Another highlight comes direct from Dublin,  with the stunning drama Bloody Yesterday by up and coming star writer Deirdre Kinahan.

Shows suitable for families  this year include guest productions Time Travelling with the Jazz Queens following the stories of greatest divas of Jazz, and a beautiful new piece Joshua( and Me),  from Rachel Hammond, about living with a sibling with autism.

With experimental performances from Fly Not Filter, Fraser Grace and Danusia Iswazsko alongside the best of new writing from  The Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education and guests from across the community and country,  this promises to be a Hotbed where we tell “Stories that Matter”.

We hope you can join us .. back live once again!

Best wishes, 

Paul, Patrick and Jessie 

The Hotbed Crew





Hotbed Festival Brochure


June 2022 News Update

Mon 6 Jun

Total Arts Group 2022

Total Arts are getting ready for the Big Trouble, Little Pictures Film Festival (Photo: Claire Haigh)

We had an amazing weekend just gone with our new performance festival DISRUPT packed full of the best disruptive work, our first big Club Urania, the building overflowing with artists, audiences and artistic joy. A very fitting climax to an incredible season of theatre, dance, circus and live art. We’re very excited to share our autumn season with you really soon!

You may have heard our exciting news a couple of weeks back, with an award of £461,000 from Arts Council England to make significant improvements to our audio-visual equipment in J1 and J2 and to the accessibility of our building. Massive thanks to Arts Council England for this big vote of confidence in all that we do. One of our first big jobs is to replace the lift in J2 which you may have noticed has given up the ghost. Big apologies to anyone who has been affected by this fault and thank you for your patience while we sort this out. It’ll be a few weeks yet as there are major supply chain issues at the moment as you can imagine.

We’re delighted to share with you A Recipe for a Queen, the film we’ve just made with pupils at Queen Emma Primary School, Heathlands House Care Home, and the Cherry Hinton Baptist Church Friday Friends Group, with support from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England. Big thanks to all the funders, lottery players, participants, and to artist Yvonne Hercules and filmmaker Peter Harmer, with concept by our associate artist Hannah Jane Walker, for this brilliant and fitting response to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


If you know of young people looking for a new way of exploring their creativity, we have two excellent projects they may be interested.

Our fully inclusive and free Contemporary Youth Choir, also led by the incredibly talented Yvonne Hercules, has only a few places left. Do get in touch if you want to come and sing with a great group of people. No audition, no experience necessary!

After all the restrictions on our in-person activities of the last couple of years, it’s fabulous to see the return of two of our favourite Creative Learning projects.

At the end of the month we’re excited to be working again with our Total Arts young creatives and The Light Cinema to present Big Trouble Little Pictures, the Total Arts Film Festival. This two-day programme will present all the imaginative, high quality, thought provoking and entertaining new films made by young people working with us across the year and co-created with critically acclaimed professional artists and filmmakers.

And in August bringing the noise to J1 we’ve got Big Bang Theory. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to be a sound engineer and gain skills and experience on a real live and loud gig in J1, get in touch. This week-long course always sells out so don’t hang about…

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

Cambridge Junction to receive £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

Tue 10 May

Cambridge Junction to receive £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme 

Cambridge Junction among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme 

This award will enable the upgrading of audio-visual equipment and improve accessibility  


Palaver Festival at Cambridge Junction (CREDIT Emma R Jones)


Cambridge Junction has received a grant of £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. 

As part of these 2021-22 and 2022-23 grants, over £22.7 million has been awarded to 66 cultural organisations across the country, including Cambridge Junction. The Capital Investment Programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. From Barrow-in-Furness to The Isles of Scilly, the organisations receiving funding share a vision to build a fit for the future cultural sector, which all members of their communities can access. 

Cambridge Junction will use this money to update technical and audio-visual equipment with better quality, lower energy use apparatus as well as improving and making social and community spaces more accessible. These changes will reduce repair and hire costs making the arts centre more financially resilient for the future.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction said “We’re delighted and incredibly grateful to Arts Council England for this significant award of capital funding to make a number of key improvements to our building. These will help us be more accessible to audiences and communities and allow us to do a major and much needed upgrade to our AV equipment. It is a fantastic sign of how valued our programmes are to the city, county and region, that Arts Council England is making this major investment in us at this time, which will greatly strengthen our offer over the coming years.”

Photo: Palaver Festival at Cambridge Junction (CREDIT Emma R Jones)

Community Events in Queen Edith. First Up, The Jumble Sale!

Wed 4 May

QECF have teamed up with Cambridge Junction and artists Hunt & Darton to bring a selection of wonderful, creative, and silly activities throughout Queen Edith this year, with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

We’ll be kicking off with their twist on a Jumble Sale on Saturday 14th May 2022. Join us at Queen Edith Chapel to raise money for EACH.  

Hunt & Darton invite you to their Jumble Sale, a day of brilliant bargains and light refreshments with all proceeds donated to East Anglian Children’s Hospices. There will be an opportunity to walk the catwalk in your latest high fashion finds throughout the day, as well as games for all the family - how many items of clothing can you put on in 20 seconds?! Hunt & Darton have even invited a friend to offer you a personal shopper experience for you to feel like a VIP. Everyone will be delighted and bemused as they browse amongst the piles of under-priced riches.

The Jumble Sale will take place between 11am – 4pm on Saturday 14th May. Entrance is free and all are welcome! 

Got some junk you think someone else would love? You’re welcome to donate items to the Jumble Sale, you can do so from 6.30 – 8pm on Friday 13th May at Queen Edith Chapel.

Illustrations by Francesca Luisi