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'A Musical Thankgiving'

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Exeter Music & Sound Forum - 4th meeting date

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Urban sketching

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EVAF 10 Minutes

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The Exeter Daily

Exeter ballroom fans get to quick step their way to fun

BUDDING ballroom stars in Exeter are being asked to step forward and get involved in a new charity fundraiser and learn to dance like the TV Pros.

Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor, is lending his support, which aims to get couples doing the Latin and ballroom moves to beat cancer one quick step at a time.

Ultra Ballroom gives people in Exeter the unique opportunity to learn to ballroom dance with eight weeks free professional training whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK.

After two months of training at the Strictly Inna Ballroom Dance studio participants get to strut their stuff in their sequins at the Riverside Leisure Centre as part of a glamorous black tie event in front of a huge crowd and showcase their painstakingly-rehearsed routines.

British professional Latin and Ballroom dancer Robin Windsor, who is best known for his appearances in the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing, is backing the events and calling on local people to make the most of the opportunity to learn to dance.

Windsor, who partnered with celebrities such as Deborah Meaden and Lisa Riley on the hit show, said: “Ultra Ballroom is a great way for people to learn a new skill while raising money for such a worthy cause.

“I’m so passionate about dancing and I hope lots of people sign up and get to experience the magic of ballroom dancing. I’d like to wish all the participants good luck as they support Cancer Research UK in their quest to beat cancer sooner.”

The first ever Ultra Ballroom event in Exeter is set to take place at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Saturday 11 November.

Training is already underway and 80 people are working out if they’ve got two left feet or twinkle toes, whilst raising money to fund research into cancer.

Ultra Ballroom is organised by the same team behind the hugely successful Ultra White Collar Boxing which has raised over £9.6million for Cancer Research UK.

Robyn Johnson, Ultra Ballroom Marketing Manager, said: “We are so excited to be launching Ultra Ballroom in Exeter and from the enthusiasm it’s received so far it looks set to be as successful as its event partner Ultra White Collar Boxing.

“We know how much people enjoy watching ballroom dancing on TV and now is their chance to take part themselves and put the rhumba into research.”

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. It receives no government funding and every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated by the public.

Emma Hallas, senior account executive for Cancer Research UK said: “This is the first event of its kind and we are delighted Cancer Research UK is Ultra Ballroom’s chosen charity.

“It’s fantastic to see the number of people that have signed up so far. Each of them is helping us beat cancer and with their sequins really will help save lives.”

Through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses, today 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years and Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive cancer for at least 10 years.

To find out more about Ultra Ballroom or if you’d like to take part visit the website: https://www.ultraballroom.co.uk/events/exeter/

The best of Devon: Green awards finalists announced

The shortlist for the Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) 25th Anniversary Awards has been announced.

Over 50 entries were received for the awards, which celebrate green initiatives taking place across the county.

DEBI Chair, John Smith from Brightsea Print Group said: “We were pleased to have such a wide range of Devon businesses and organisations enter this year.

“The first awards took place in 1992, and we have been able to celebrate a huge variety of achievements in Devon over the past 25 years.”

Awards judges have begun visiting each of the finalists to enable them to make an informed decision on the outright winners in each category.

2017 finalists:

  • Made in Devon: Sungift Energy, Devon Business & Education Centre, Sandy Park
  • Public Service: East Devon District Council (two entries), Exeter City Council
  • Enjoyed in Devon: Pennywell Farm, Arundell Arms, Millbrook Cottages
  • Educated in Devon: Ashburton Cookery School, Pennywell Farm, South Molton Primary School
  • Sustainable in Devon: Exeter Community Energy, Devon Business & Education Centre, The Glorious Oyster
  • Environmental Champion: Stella West-Harling, Sonya Bedford and Clive Betts

The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on November 23 at the Met Office.

To find out more about DEBI please visit the website DEBI Online

Story telling that has lasted the test of time!

Medea to be performed in Beer Quarry Caves this Autumn.

Beer Quarry Caves are set to be home to a spectacular Ancient Greek production this autumn, courtesy of innovative and immersive Exeter theatre company, Four of Swords.

Medea will performed in the spectacular Beer Quarry Caves from Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 November 2017.

Freely adapted from the Greek masterpiece by Euripides, Medea is the ultimate heroine, villain and victim, all rolled into one! The dark and dastardly Medea is suitable for audiences over the age of 11, and will enchant and terrify through gut-wrenching performances, spine-tingling choral singing, and a finale featuring the Sun-god himself!

Sarah White, Four of Swords co-founder and the actor playing Medea explains that the company is known for avoiding traditional theatres in favour of unique staging in unusual locations. “Audiences at a Four of Swords show are positioned up close and personal, right in the thick of the action, with events unfolding all around. We design our productions to be excitingly interactive but without the need for audience participation. First and foremost our work is about creating multi-sensory, unforgettable experiences."

The Greek myths are a staple of storytelling, and the characters which they contain recur again and again throughout history. "These tales are ancient, but incredibly relevant," explains director Philip Kingslan John, "Medea tackles themes of nationalism, colonialism and xenophobia, as well of course as the unfair treatment which Medea receives on account of her gender."

Myths and legends feature on both primary and secondary school curricula, and Euripides' Medea is a staple text at A-level and university. Four of Swords has built up an impressive portfolio of outreach work, and will be complementing its production with workshops at schools, colleges and libraries.

Tickets for Medea at Beer Quarry Caves are £15, for these or for more information on the company's educational work and its Argonauts-related workshops is available online at: four-of-swords.com

“an exuberant production from the excellent Four of Swords
The Stage on Jason and The Argonauts (2015 production)

Jason & The Argonauts / Medea Tour:

Wed 25 – Sat 28 October 2017 – Western-super-Mare, N Somerset, Theatre Tropicana
Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, N Somerset, BS23 1BE
Jason & The Argonauts: 2pm / Medea: 7.30pm

Wed 1 – Sat 4  November 2017- Beer, Devon, Beer Quarry Caves
Quarry Ln, Beer, Seaton, East Devon, EX12 3AT
Medea: 7pm & 9pm performances

Thurs 9 – Sat 11 November, Washford, Somerset, Cleeve Abbey
Abbey Rd, Washford, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0PS
Medea: 7pm & 9pm performances

More dates to be announced: Check website for details

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Volunteers needed for Exeter’s Christmas Lights Switch-on Event

Posted by Mark Barretto on October 18, 2017 at 16:07 0 Comments

Thursday 16th November 2017

Volunteers are needed to act as stewards at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on. The event will feature a large stage in Princesshay Square where live music will be performed from 4pm. At 6:30pm, players from Exeter Chiefs will press the button and the Christmas lights across the city centre will be illuminated, heralding the start of the festive period in the Exeter. The live music will continue on-stage until 7pm.

To help us manage our audience safely, we need a team of enthusiastic and friendly stewards to help and advise the public, ensuring the event runs smoothly.

We will give you a full briefing, making sure you know what’s going on and can answer questions from the audience attending the event. We will ask you to wear a Hi-Viz jacket, and stand at key locations around the event area so you can be spotted in the crowd and the audience know you are someone they can ask for help or…


The Circus of Peculiarities at EVA Studios

Posted by Matthew Hammond on October 10, 2017 at 9:58 0 Comments

We are getting fairly excited about Exeter Visual Arts' first walk through Halloween installation.

 Professional storytellers, Widsith and Deor, Kavatar Arts and their circus crew, are creating a unique happening on the 29th of this month.

 Part-legend, part actual haunting, as that atmosphere that has haunted the old building for so long, finally is exorcised, one way or perhaps the other.....

 So come, and experience  the old Hussey building, at night, in this trip back a hundred years or so..

 Art and story telling, and the supernatural in action: complete with lights, ghosts and old stage hall glories.

 Add in the legendary EVA cakes and bread, and it should be night to remember!

Limited tickets available, only 8 places and 4 tours. Full details / ticket bookings at; cartwheels.collective@gmail.com

A Way In - creative practice workshop

Posted by Digital Marketing at Devon Guild on October 10, 2017 at 9:49 0 Comments

A Way In - expand your creative practice 

Day workshop Sunday 29 October 2017

Devon Guild of Craftsmen Gallery

10.30am–4pm, £70

Expand your creative boundaries in response to a Devon Guild exhibition - facilitated by printmaker, artist and teacher Jess DaviesTo include lunch and refreshments.

A day to explore your creative boundaries by taking ideas and approaches from the acclaimed current exhibition 'Dead on Arrival' and investigating them through a range of hands-on…



Posted by stuart crewes on October 10, 2017 at 7:54 0 Comments

Back again for the second year - AWE bring you a fun way to socialise with fellow creatives and find out what some of the artists have got planned for next year's event.

ARTISTS - you still have time to register to pitch - comms@artweekexeter.org.uk

CROWD - please tell us you're interested >here/a>

Last year was a hoot, and you can see the brilliant work that came out of that one fun evening...

FREE funding - micro symposium

Posted by stuart crewes on October 10, 2017 at 7:44 0 Comments

Come along and join three regional artists to hear about how they successfully fund their work and how you can support your own practice.

Laura Denning produced Benthic Caress for Plymouth Art Weekender with a successful Crowdfunder campaign.

Volkhard Müller created and ran a two year multi-artist residency, TOPOS, in Exeter city centre, funded with a combination of public and research grants, and crowdfunding.

Stuart Crewes has run a number of annual art events in Exeter, most recently Art Week Exeter, funded through a mosaic of sources - he will be talking about what funding opportunities there are for contemporary, visual and performance artists in the region and flagging up the ArtSOUP event (on…


'A Musical Thanksgiving'

Posted by STEPHEN BEVILLE on October 9, 2017 at 11:23 0 Comments


Hello all,

I will be giving an evening piano recital on Saturday 14th October, 19:30 pm at the South Street Baptist Church, Exeter. Details below - All welcome to attend.


19:30 pm , SATURDAY OCTOBER 14th, South Street Baptist Church

Tickets £12 available from www.exeterphoenix.org.uk (tel: 01392 667080).

Internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Beville returns to South Street Baptist Church. 


  • J.S Bach – Prelude and Fugues in E & F, Well Tempered Klavier, Book II.
  • Mozart – Sonata in F, K 533
  • Berio – Four Elemental…

Free audio-guide making workshops at Exeter CVS

Posted by Hugh McCann on October 6, 2017 at 9:00 0 Comments

Starting Tuesday 17th October, a series of classes in which we will make our own personalised audio-gudes of the city. More information here: http://www.exetercvs.org.uk/learn/courses/creative-courses?task=view_event&event_id=375

Talks, workshops and interactive events at Lost Weekend

Posted by John Wigzell on October 5, 2017 at 11:54 0 Comments

Exeter’s Lost Weekend festival of culture and technology is upon us! Here are details of the talks, workshops and special events you can get involved with. There’s plenty going on, including events tailored for children and young people; established and early-career artists; people with or without experience of working with technology...


Friday 6 October
Digital heritage demos
10:30am–3:30pm, RAMM, free
See some of the digital activities from RAMM, including Minecraft in the museum and digital collections archives. Beaford Arts will be showcasing its project to digitise 10,000 photographs of rural North Devon. Members of the project will be on hand to demonstrate elements of the new archive, including its interactive areas, enabling users to contribute their own stories.

More info (RAMM): …

GRICE concert - Fri 6 October 2017 - St Michael & All Angels Church, Exeter

Posted by Sound Gallery Studios on October 3, 2017 at 14:11 0 Comments

The electro-acoustic musician and prolific singer-songwriter Grice will be performing a cocktail of electronica and atmospheric art rock and will be accompanied by special guest Italian avant-garde and freeform jazz trumpeter Luca Calabrese. The unique line up is completed by Duncan Chave (Eigenharp, programming), Fred Ehresmann (keys, grand piano) and Bellatrix (bass, double bass).

Grice has built his reputation as an art-rock artist since the release of his acclaimed debut album Propeller which features renowned saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft (Pink Floyd, Gerry Rafferty), Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy (Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel) and PJ Cole amongst others. His much anticipated second album Alexandrine, features keyboardist and sonic innovator Richard Barbieri (Japan/Porcupine Tree) as both musical contributor and co-producer and Steve Jansen (Japan).

Grice has had airplay on The Tom Robinson Show (BBC6…


Digital workshop: MASH – with SoDA

Posted by Arts & Culture UOE on October 3, 2017 at 13:46 0 Comments

MASH – with SoDA - a workshop in which you can learn new digital skills to help your arts practice develop in innovative ways!

Friday 6 October, 2 - 4pm

Exeter Library

Castle Street



This digital arts workshop…



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