SEVEN WEEKS OF SUMMER
music, art, books, comedy, food, coffee, prosecco and more….
Thursday 19 July – Sunday 2 Sept 2018
Cafe Valise Open at Chalkwell Hall: every Thurs to Sun, 11am – 6pm (plus evening events)
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 30 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER
SUMMER ART SCHOOL
Every Thursday & Friday throughout the whole of August 2018
10am – 3pm
Suitable for Ages 5 – 11 yrs
Looking for something fun and creative to do during the Summer Holidays for the young people in your life? More info here.
Open Mic: 15 Minutes of Fame
Every day at 1pm
A platform for local writers, poets, acoustic musicians, singers and artists to showcase work from our Café stage.
THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 6-9pm
Next Generation Thursday curated by Josie Tullett
Young singer songwriters and musicians from South Essex perform original material alongside creative covers. Performers are all aged 11 – 19 years. Catch the next generation of superstars here. In partnership with SoSlam and Village Green: Next Generation. FREE GIG – book here
FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 7-11pm
Unplugged with Abi Wade; Alexander Carson; South Benfleet Folk Orchestra
While developing as an artist, she has has toured the UK & Europe with Patrick Wolf, sold out her debut EP and released music on the label set up by Daniel Copeman of Esben & The Witch and has played shows with the likes of CocoRosie, Polica, Michael Kiwanuka, Other Lives, Deptford Goth and festivals such as End of The Road, The Great Escape and Wilderness.Using cello, vocals, orchestral arrangements, choral ensembles, location samples, synths and piano Abi Wade explores human nature through real and abstracted personas on her debut album ‘Beautifully Astray’ out on 6th April through Love Thy Neighbour.ABI WADE6926
A neoclassical, downtempo, composer and songwriter based in London UK. Carson spent the better part of 7 years as the lead singer, and songwriter for genre-fluid quintet Wooden Arms.
The South Benfleet Folk Orchestra
The South Benfleet Folk Orchestra features songs by Essex native Doug Cheeseman, which tell of lonely creeks, 80s TV, secondhand bikes and Estuary existentialism. The band comprises fellow South Benfleet native Janet Cheeseman on bass, accompanied by the one-string mandolin playing of Tim Bradford, mixed with ambient soundscapes, aural driftwood and field recordings put together by dj Third Light Home of Seeks Music. The band debuted at the Estuary festival in 2016 playing an emotional set to a crowd of about seven bemused friends and relatives on Southend Pier. The SBFO is a fluid musical ensemble – a bit like the Style Council, but with socks.
SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
1PM – Open Mic Read
2-4PM LAZY SUNDAYS JAZZ with Dylan Howe Trio & Snowboy – Free Gig – SOLD OUT
Live jazz with some of the UKs best musicians and singers, curated by our Southend friends, The Jazz Centre UK.
7-11PM Farewell to Summer ft Snowboy & Urban Allstars – Free Gig – SOLD OUT
KANA WAIWAIKU Exhibition
An inaugural solo show from photographer Kana Waiwaiku exploring mental health issues.
Kana who is fascinated with the silent dialogue between the sitter and the photographer; with seen and often unseen strength and beauty. While on residency at metal Southend he developed an intriguing process of incorporating talk and intimacy with his subjects en route to creating a new body of work, using photography’s inherent tendency to break down boundaries and tell stories.
Open Thu-Sun 11am-6pm except Sat 1 September.
NetPark is available 24/7 – with 15 digital artworks in Chalkwell Park, from poetry tours, stories for children to more mindful meanders, these GPS audio works are in turn funny, moving, thought-provoking and informative. Borrow an iPad for FREE from the Café – or use your own. Info on netpark.zone
For our entire SEVEN WEEKS OF SUMMER PROGRAMME – head here.