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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, perhaps even start a conversation (at a safe distance) 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 one of your daily outings. 

 

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.

 

Access:

  • Ross Street is a residential street with on street parking. The pavements in some areas can be uneaven. Nearest loo is in the local pub 'The Empress' just round the corner.

 

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

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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

JOIN TOTAL ARTS!

Tue 25 Aug

Is there anything that can stop Total Arts? A global pandemic certainly didn’t!

Following on from the success of our online sessions, we would like to invite you to join the most creative, awe inspiring and welcoming group of young disabled artists aged 13-25. We are offering you the opportunity to join our Zoom sessions for free! 

We are a group of young disabled film makers and artists, who usually meet at Cambridge Junction every other Saturday but have been meeting via Zoom ever since lockdown. Want to know what we’ve been up to? Check out our lockdown trailer!  

 

Whilst sessions are held remotely via Zoom, there will be no charge for participants. Once we are back in the building, we will provide you with funding information. We are running our sessions via Zoom for the whole of the Autumn term 2020!   

For further information including help with funding click here or email total.arts@junction.co.uk

An update from our Artistic Director

Tue 21 Jul

 

While in some ways and in some places life after lockdown starts to re-emerge, this continues to be a diffcult and uncertain time for us and for venues, theatres and arts centres across the country. The health and well-being of all our audiences, artists and staff remains our biggest concern.

The government's announcements of a support package for arts and cultural organisations, and that socially distanced performances in venues are allowed from 1 August, are glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel. However, we know that restricting capacity means gigs aren't financial viable for us, or for musicians and performers, and in order to plan to reopen or adapt to new ways of working we need to bring staff out of furlough. To bring staff out of furlough, we need to be certain that we have the funds to support the costs of staffing and a more heavily subsidised programme. And we still don't know how, when and on what basis we will be able to access any government funds that might be available. So for now it continues to be a waiting game.

We know this will be disappointing to many of you. When we know more about gigs and shows we have planned over the coming months, we will of course be in contact with our audiences.

This is of course frustrating for us too. Financial support from government will allow us to not only unfurlough our staff but unlock our creative potential as an organisation. We want to be able to entertain you all again and be expert in finding solutions to new challenges. We want to develop our creative learning programmes to support and inspire young people in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, particularly during a period that we know is causing a lot of anxiety and depression. We want to help artists make new work, find news ways to connect with audiences and work with us to define what our new programmes might look like, particularly working in our community and in support of vital freelance and independent artists, creatives and technicians.

You can imagine how much we are looking forward to all of this!

In the meantime, we want to thank you all for your continued support and patience. You mean everything to us.

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

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

 

  •  Hunt & Darton: DIY Radio

DIY Radio – let’s make radio together! Hunt & Darton are thrilled to present DIY Radio, a new family activity pack with everything you need to make your very own radio show at home. more info

 

  • Making Tracks live-streamed show: Gurdain Rayatt

Making Tracks' season of live-streamed events gets underway tonight with a solo tabla performance by tabla player Gurdain Rayatt. Watch on the Cambridge Junction Facebook page. more info

 

  • Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver: Dadderrs The Lockdown Telly Show

Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver maintain social distancing by reimagining their 2019 stage show ‘Dadderrs’ (seen at Motherworks at Cambridge Junction) within their own home as a digital boxset. Frauke and Daniel have created a fantastical escapist world in response to their experiences as neurodiverse parents. All 6 episodes will be available from 22 July. more info

 

  • Scottee & Friends & Cambridge Junction: Would Like To Meet

Lock down has brought people together but some of us still have no idea who our neighbours are. So we were wondering after everything that’s happened, would you like to get to know your neighbours better? Scottee & Friends are looking for one street in Cambridge who would like to get to know each other better. Is that your street? more info 

 

  • METIS presents: Love Letters to a Liveable Future

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have commissioned this new project from Metis Arts that explores our dreams for a future beyond lockdown and how we might make those a reality. Could this crisis make another world possible? What do we miss about our old lives and what would we like to replace and transform? more info 

 

  • Anna Brownsted presents: Week Nine

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have supported this new project from Anna Brownsted. Created via long-distance collaboration in makeshift home studios across the UK, US and Estonia, Week Nine is lockdown escapism for you and your headphones…a story within a story within a surreal reality. more info 

 

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Creative Learning News

 

  • We Want Your Films!

Whilst we’ve had to postpone our Big Trouble, Little Pictures film festival, we are still looking for film entries. We will be selecting some of our favourites to share via our social media channels over the coming weeks. more info

 

  • Wheelchair Fundraiser

Irving, who is one of our brilliant Total Arts participants and a customer service steward at Cambridge Junction is in urgent need of a new powered wheelchair and we're supporting the fundraiser for this. If you are able to help or spread the word we would much appreciate it. more info 

 

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Supporting Cambridge Junction 

These are unusual times. Closing our doors to the public wasn't part of the plan for 2020 and we are doing everything we can to support visiting artists and our staff. If you are in a position to consider making a donation or becoming a member this will be a great help, thank you.

We are also part of the Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign.

At Cambridge Junction every little really does help. As well as the great work on our stages, our building is usually bursting with activity - young people exploring the arts, projects with local performers, and apprentices getting their first opportunities to learn their trade. Your donation will help us spring back to life when our doors re-open.

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