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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 !

‘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!

Remember to keep checking us out for the latest via:

Twitter: @ElthamArts
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElthamArt
YouTube: Eltham Arts YouTube Channel

 

Eltham Arts AGM – 18 June 2016

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Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 18 June at 10.30am at CANE (New Eltham Library) Southwood Rd, New Eltham SE9 3QT. The AGM will be followed by a meeting about our Eltham Arts Winter Festival 2016. There will be refreshments and we expect to be finished by 12.30pm.

At the AGM we will be voting on our new constitution and safeguarding policies all of which have been submitted and agreed by the Greenwich Action for Voluntary Services (GAVS). You can download the following documents here:

Eltham Arts Constitution

Eltham Arts Children’s Safeguarding Policy 2016

Eltham Arts Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy 2016

Do let us know if you can come along. It will be great to see lots of friends, supporters and network there!

Eltham Arts Committee

We currently have a committee of 10 members. Three members are standing down at the AGM on 23rd May 2015 following involvement since Eltham Arts was started. We could therefore recruit additional committee members. If you live or work in Eltham SE9 and have an interest in the local arts scene and would like to be an active Eltham Arts committee member, please send a short biography together with your name and contact details. We would be looking for committee members who are social media literate and enthusiastic!