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10 YEARS OF METAL: ECHO FEATURE

Thanks to the Echo for wanting to celebrate 10 years of Metal in Southend. It’s gone surprisingly quickly, and we’re a little overwhelmed when we look back at the wealth of projects and the amazing people we have worked with to create and curate such a diverse programme of Arts. We are indebted to great […]

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Village Green 2017 announced!

SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017 11am-9pm. For more information about this year’s Village Green, go to villagegreenfestival.com. Village Green festival comes back to Chalkwell Park on Saturday 8 July 2017 with the main music headliner announced as Southend’s finest, Nothing But Thieves. After a critically acclaimed album they are now riding the wave of a global […]

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Change Makers Blog

Feb 22nd 2017: We arrived at Critical path jet-lagged and jaded, not least due to the fact that we are in 3 day old clothes (we made it to Sydney the day before our luggage). I am struck by the equally jaded feel of the studio that will be our home for 2 weeks, unlike […]

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VILLAGE GREEN 2017 IS LAUNCHED!

Our big annual Festival of Arts & Music VILLAGE GREEN launched to mass excitement as we announced homegrown superstars Nothing But Thieves and BRIT Award wining Kate Nash would be on the bill. For the full lowdown of initial #VG17 line-up announcements & opportunities to get involved, please click here.  

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THE GUARDIAN AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

We are so proud of Emma Mills – our Mental Health Wellbeing Coordinator here on the NetPark Wellbeing Project – who has been shortlisted for the The Guardian Award for Innovation in Mental Health Services. Here’s a lovely article from The British Association of Art Therapists who are also very proud of her, and quite rightly! […]

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SoSlam & Metal present: Young Songwriters LAB – OPEN CALL

SoSlam are working with Metal to run a Culture LAB for young singer / songwriters from across the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. Up to 10 young musicians who create their own original material will be given the opportunity to work with each other alongside industry professionals for 4 days at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park. Over […]

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Development LAB – Open for Applications

TO APPLY FILL IN AN APPLICATION FORM HERE We are looking for disabled and non-disabled practitioners to take part in an intensive research and development LAB. These four day workshops are aimed at artists (from all artforms) that work with the body, movement and dance; or are curious to explore with others these themes. The […]

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VILLAGE BEACH

You may have heard by now that it is very unlikely that there will be a Village Beach and Village Beach: Next Generation this year in Grays Riverside Park. As we’re sure you are aware, money is tight for many and we have been unable to secure enough funds for the festivals to go ahead. […]

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Village Green 2016 Headliner Rag ‘n’ Bone Man wins BRIT Award

MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to last year’s Village Green Headliner Rag’n’Bone Man on winning the Brits Critics’ Choice Award! It’s an amazing honour, previously won by Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, James Bay, & Jack Garratt. If you want to catch his spine-tingling vocals again, Rag’n’Bone Man will perform on […]

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