An update from our Artistic Director

 

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

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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