The Eltham Arts Winter Festival is over!

Last Sunday we celebrated the end of three exhilarating weeks of Festival art, music, theatre and much more. We had so much Festival fun and hope you did too! We were pleased with the comments we received from visitors some of whom said they didn’t realise we had so much going on in SE9. You can follow the action as it unfolded on our Festival Facebook page and on Twitter.

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Just a few of our Festival events – how many do you recognise?

Many friends, supporters and musicians gathered in the White Hart on Sunday 20 November to mark the end of the Festival with singer-songwriters performing in a Song Challenge and to congratulate the winners of the Eltham Arts Awards.

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Festival Finale: L-R Susan Turner, Dave Kenningham, Zahira al-Zahira, Keith Ferris, Gaynor Wingham

For their outstanding contributions to community arts, our Awards were presented – by Eltham MP Clive Efford and Greenwich Councillor Denise Scott-Macdonald – to St Thomas More secondary School’s innovative SE9 Container Gallery, to the community-minded Eltham Library and also to the White Hart itself for their support and community fundraising.

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Eltham Library scoops Eltham Arts award: Paula Bellamy, Clive Efford MP, Miriam Storey

We want to thank all the many artists, community groups and organisers who took part in the Festival and made it a great success! Thank you too to all the supporters who turned up to events and to those who promoted it. We’re taking stock now (and sorting our photos and videos!) but if you still have festival-fever you can always explore the films on our You Tube channel as well.

Our Festival may have drawn to an end but there’s still plenty of creativity around Eltham for you to enjoy especially in the coming festive season. And of course, we’ll be back with more creative enticements soon! Keep in touch and watch this space!

The Festival is in full swing!

The party has truly started! We’re in Week Two of the fabulous Eltham Arts Winter Festival which runs to 20 November. How many of the creative community events have you been to?

The community kicked off the Festival in style at a lively opening event in Passey Place on 29 October. We overcame the roadworks and enjoyed the Mayor opening the proceedings, the ebullient Make a Noise Choir and Hulviz‘s Peter Pan cast aswell as a host of musicians including the Pytchwood folk duo. There’s a reminder of this and just some the other events which took place in Week One in our one minute highlights film:youtube-front-snipThere’s still plenty more events to go.  Join us for more inspiring community art, music, theatre, walks and talks up until 20 November.

We’d also love to see you at our Festival Finale celebration on 20 November at the White Hart, from 7.30pm, with entertainment from singer/songwriters from our Festival Song Challenge. We’ll also be making Eltham Arts Awards to recognise some special people and places in our community.

See our special Festival page here for full listings, or our Festival Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you to all the great artists, musicians, organisers and venues who are doing a great job!

As ever, we are grateful for support from Greenwich Visitor, our free community newspaper. Pick up the November issue from around Eltham – including Sainsbury’s and the Eltham Leisure Centre – for full printed listings and interesting articles about the events and artists involved.gv-bothfrontpages-snip

Countdown to Eltham Arts Winter Festival!

It’s almost here – are you ready? Our Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. Three weeks of live music, arts, drama and fun all over the SE9 area. progsnipslantedIt all starts this Saturday 29 October from 11am to 3pm with a pirate-themed Festival Opening Day in Eltham’s Passey Place. Bring your little, or big (!), pirates! There’ll be live music, crafts and kids activities. The cast of Bob Hope’s Peter Pan will even be visiting – come along and have a photograph with them!

Visit our special Festival page to download the full programme and venues and also details of our special Arts Trail.

Pick up October’s Greenwich Visitor  (special supplement p8 onwards)- free in local outlets including Sainsbury’s and the Eltham Centre – to read articles about the Festival and get the full printed programme.

Come and support our great community – see you there!

Latest Eltham Arts Newsletter

newslettersniptitledMany local artists, groups and supporters have asked to receive our occasional newsletters. Our latest newsletter dropped into email inboxes yesterday! Check it out if you’ve received one.

The newsletters tell you something about what’s been happening locally, what Eltham Arts have been up to and and what we’ve got planned! We are always delighted to hear from people who want to get involved in our great community.

If you’d like to receive our newsletters as soon as they are issued let us know by getting in touch via the contact page, or by emailing, Tweeting or Facebooking us!

You can read our latest newsletter here.

Eltham Arts Winter Festival 2016 is coming!

With the great success of the Eltham Arts Winter Festival in 2015, everyone wanted one in 2016. From Sat 29 October to Sun 20 Nov Eltham invites everyone to come along and join into a marvellous array of events in the SE9 area.

With shows at the Bob Hope Theatre , many different music concerts from opera to folk and Jazz, walks, talks , exhibitions and lots more it will be a great 23 days . We have another Song Challenge , an Art Trail and for the first time Festival Foodie events. Eltham Lights Up , with the colourful lantern parade and live entertainment will take place on 17 Nov in Eltham High St and a great time will be had by all!

We will have the Festival Opening Event from 11-3 in Passey Place, Eltham High St where you can have a good time and find out about what’s going on and a Festival Finale event at the White Hart on 20 Nov.
Watch out for details of the programme . Greenwich Visitor will again have a pull out supplement with the entire programme and map, and there will be leaflets all over the place.
So put the dates in your diary now !

Sparkling launch for Eltham CD!

A few heads are a bit sore today after yesterday’s buzzing launch party for our CD ’Aspects of Winter – The Eltham Collection’.  We celebrated our talented local musicians at a packed event with the vibrant artistic backdrop of Eltham’s Capital Art Gallery in the Well Hall Parade. There was wine, music and song on offer, along with a chance to mingle and meet the musicians.IMG_5884

Lots of you generously bought the remarkable CD of folk and blues-inspired songs in a collection of original compositions performed by musicians who had first got together during the Winter Song Challenge of last November’s Eltham Arts Winter Festival. You can read more about all the artists and the CD project here.

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While we chatted, sipped and snacked, we were also treated to some wonderful ‘unplugged’ impromptu performances by:

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Pytchwood (Zahira Al-Zahira & Dave Kenningham

 

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The Gillies (Susan Turner & Mark Evans)
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Keith Ferris
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Tony Clarke
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Stephen Brayne
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Eltham AllStars!

DSC_0854Lots of the Eltham Arts team were there –  here’s Treasurer John Wingham saying a few word of thanks to everybody – the wonderful musicians, Capital Art Gallery owners Carl and Michelle, the Eltham Arts team and above all, Chair Gaynor Wingham who co-ordinated this project which has been many months in the making!

 

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Keith Ferris & Gaynor Wingham

We’ll be announcing details shortly of the local outlets where you can buy the CD, £8. Or email us now (elthamarts@aol.co.uk) and we’ll keep in touch with you about it! In the meantime you can watch our short film here on the making of the CD, featuring all of the artists including some who couldn’t make the launch.

We were so pleased to see so many of you there yesterday. Do let us know in the comments below if you were there and about your ‘best bits!

(n.b thanks to Natasha W for many of these photos!)

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‘Aspects of Winter – The Eltham Collection’ – CD launch 2 July

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We will soon have our own CD. During the Eltham Arts Festival 2015 there was a Winter Song Challenge. Local musicians were challenged to write a song about Winter. The songs revealed the incredible song writing talent within our community. Many of these were performed at our Festival Finale event at the White Hart.

Ten of these have now been recorded and a CD is being produced. We are launching the CD at Capital Art Gallery 13 Well Hall Parade, SE9 6SP on Saturday 2 July. Call in between 3pm and 6pm to meet the musicians, hear some of them perform live, hear the CD and to buy a copy.

The tracks were recorded at a ‘pop-up studio’ in Eltham with technical services volunteered by Alex Wingham and Phil Saatchi,. The result is a fabulous CD capturing the original songs by ten local talented musicians who are passionate about their music.

A short film, ’The Making of a CD: ‘Aspect of Winters – The Eltham collection’, is available to watch NOW on the Eltham Arts YouTube Channel.

Featuring contemplative songs on the winter theme, the CD focuses on a folk and blues style with both mellow and upbeat tracks. The artists on the CD include:

•Angela McCarron (guitar and vocals)
• Alan Cummings (guitar and vocals)
• The Gillies (Susan Turner and Mark Evans on guitar and vocals)
• John Handley (guitar and vocals)
• Terry Timmons (vocals)
• Zahira al Zahira (guitar and vocals) and Dave Kenningham (guitar and vocals)
• Keith Ferris (guitar, harmonica and vocals)• Stephen Brayne (guitar and vocals)
• Tony Clarke (guitar and vocals)
• Eltham AllStars (Dave Kenningham (guitar and vocals) plus, John Handley (harmonica),  Zahira al Zahira, Gaynor Wingham, The Gillies and Alex Wingham)

A specially-commissioned front cover, seen here above, was kindly designed by local artist Himani Weir reflecting the winter theme of the lyrics and something of the wooded landscape in and around the SE9 area.

The CD (£8) can be purchased at the 2 July launch and after then by following details on the Eltham Arts website www.Elthamarts.org

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It’s a wrap!” Fabulous musicians and technical wizards

Left-to-right: John Handley, Susan Turner, Zahira al Zahira, Dave Kenningham, Gaynor Wingham (Eltham Arts Chair, seated), Alex Wingham, Phil Saatchi, Mark Evans

We are enormously grateful for all the many voluntary skills and talents donated to give us this marvelous CD, something of which we can all be proud. Above all, we think the CD is yet another great way of bringing the community together, showcasing the creative and artistic talents of Eltham and having fun!   See you at the launch!

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