Play Cambridge Now Or Never this summer!

Mon 3 Jul


Having started at WATCH OUT Festival in May Play Cambridge Now Or Never! is available to play this summer across the city.

When was the last time you walked backwards whilst thinking of the future? Can you play dead? Play Cambridge Now or Never! is a site specific geo locative app that will prompt you to play Cambridge before its too late…

Play Cambridge Now Or Never! invites you to take an interactive ‘live art’ journey; reclaiming public spaces in imaginative ways through playful, even mischievous, instructions.

Artists Idit Nathan & Helen Stratford came together to create Play The City Now or Never! (PCNN) in 2015. Partnering with national arts organisation METAL and supported by Arts Council England they developed the PCNN App for Peterborough and Southend-On-Sea. The PCNN App, like the low-tech resources the pair have developed for Festival of Ideas Cambridge, CounterPlay ‘16 Aarhus, Wellcome Trust and National Theatre London, provokes playful engagement with urban cityscapes. Positioned at the intersection of art, play, technology and available as a free download through Google Play and Apple’s App store, Play Cambridge Now or Never! is a completely new version of the PCNN app, specially designed for WATCH OUT festival in collaboration with Cambridge Junction.

Download the Cambridge app to play on your own or with friends, and prepare to experience the city in a whole new light!

Cambridge version commissioned by Cambridge Junction
Artists- Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford | App developer – Nick Cheek | Graphic design – Maddison Graphics | Photographer – Julian Hughes
Photos: Julian Hughes

Cambridge Junction Awarded Over £2.5 Million by Arts Council England

Tue 27 Jun

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding as one of the National Portfolio Organisations of Arts Council England (ACE).

We will receive £2,549,672 over four years to support our programme, which includes creative learning and outreach work as well as our acclaimed presentation programme of live music, theatre, dance, comedy and family events.

The funding includes a £50,000 uplift per year to support talent development of producers and artists.

Cambridge Junction is one of 831 organisations to receive funding through the initiative, and the only National Portfolio performing arts venue in Cambridge. 

Daniel Brine, Cambridge Junction’s Director said: 

“This grant is a massive vote of confidence in Cambridge Junction. It acknowledges the important role we play bringing art, entertainment and creative learning to the people of Cambridge. We are very proud to be the only National Portfolio performing arts venue in Cambridge and look forward to continuing our vital role in the cultural life of Cambridge over the next four years.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased to give additional support to Cambridge Junction through the 2018-22 National Portfolio. It has a strong track record of delivering a high-quality, diverse performance programme that extends across a range of genre and engages the communities across Cambridge. With the support of additional funding, Cambridge Junction will create a new regional talent development initiative that will support emerging, independent producers.”

Nicola Buckley, Chair of Cambridge Junction’s board said:

“Cambridge Junction is delighted with Arts Council England’s investment in our future. In challenging economic times, it’s important that our society continues to invest in arts and culture because of their strong contribution to community identity and quality of life. This grant is important investment in Cambridge and will provide economic and social benefits to our community, and help ensure that Cambridge Junction can thrive in the future.”

National Portfolio Organisations are one strand of ACE’s total investment in arts and culture, delivering the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, a 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.

More information on the National Portfolio Organisation funding announcement can be found here

Radio Local goes live online!

Wed 21 Jun

Radio Local is a continuous 24 hour performance by Hunt & Darton, a live art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. The world premiere took place from 12 noon Saturday 27 May – 12 noon Sunday 28 May, outdoors at Cambridge Leisure and broadcast live by Cambridge 105, as part of WATCH OUT Festival at Cambridge Junction.

The full 24 hour broadcast as well as additional pre-recorded content can now be found online here.


'The Beast from the East' Short Story Writing Competition - winners announced!

Thu 12 Jan

We are excited to announce the winners from ‘The Beast from the East’ Short Story Writing Competition.

Thank you to all that took part in the competition and came along to see Beauty and the Beast at Cambridge Junction. We had beasts from Offord, Wicken Fen, Cochester, Framlingham, Hunstanton, Tranmanier and lots from Ely and Cambridge. We were very impressed by the creativity of all the writers and would like to give special mentions to; Ian, Jake & Eva (from the under 8s category) and Amailia, Claire, Anni, Neve, alesia, Gracie, Harry, Janos and Jude (from the 8-13 category).

Congratulations to...


Winner: Eva Potamitis (The Beast of Ely Cathedral)
Runner-up: Ianthe Wilding


Winner: Janos Denes Dulo and Jude Willitts (The Beast of the East)
Runner-up: Anni Poghosyan


The Beast of Ely Cathedral by Eva Potamitis

The Beast of the East by Janos Denes Dulo and Jude Willitts

Winners: Jude Willitts and Janos Denes Dulo with their Beast!

Calling young imaginations! Do you like writing stories?

Tue 8 Nov

We are excited to launch ‘The Beast from the East’ Short Story Writing Competition to celebrate our 2016 Christmas show Beauty and the Beast.

We are looking for budding writers aged under 13 to pen a short story entitled “The Beast from the East”. Winning entries will be performed by actors from NIE with a video made and shared online as well as earning the writer tickets to see a family show at Cambridge Junction.

We are accepting entries in the following categories:

  • under 8 years of age: 250 words
  • 8 – 13 years of age: 500 words

The competition is open now. The deadline for entries 5pm Thursday 1st December.

FIRST PRIZE: Have your story recorded by the cast of Beauty and the Beast and receive 4 tickets to a family show at Cambridge Junction

RUNNER UP PRIZE: 4 tickets to a family show at Cambridge Junction.

For full details of how to enter CLICK HERE