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Newcastle Arts Festival has made it to year three! After the roaring success of NAF 2012 we’re back with more to tempt, entertain and educate you whilst adding a little extra culture to your lives. AF are pleased to announce Translink have come on board as a partner to this year’s festival plus we have a new addition in our Spirit of Percy French event.

event. Our big kids’ event this year looks set to surpass last year’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. NAF are throwing a Wizard of Oz extravaganza so be sure to get booked for that one.

With so many great performances and workshops across a fantastic range of art forms giving precedence to any one in particular is a tough call. So here’s a taster of what’s in store.

With music galore, fabulous workshops and even some magic added to the mix, plus much more, Newcastle Arts Festival is set to be another big hit. And rumour has it that those cheeky yarnbombers SOCK (Secret Outside Crocheters and Knitters) have something planned for us too.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Newcastle Community Cinema (NCC) in hosting the recently released Good Vibrations film. Key players in the making of the film will come to town accompanied by punk legends The Outcasts. Colum Sands will be headlining our Spirit of Percy French

As always, the festival would not be possible without the support of local businesses. We also gratefully acknowledge grant assistance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Down District Council and Translink. To keep up with events visit www.newcastlefestival.org, the Newcastle Arts Festival page on Facebook or follow us on twitter @NewcastleArtsF

NAF Office Visit the Festival Office located in Annesley Hall, South Promenade during the Festival weekend and a enjoy a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee while you gather further information on all the events or book tickets (subject to availability). If you present a valid Translink ticket you will receive a complimentary tea/coffee and a tray bake courtesy of the NAF team.

This year NAF introduces the Spirit of Percy French, bringing a wider literary, drama and art element to this year’s festival. SOPF takes a contemporary approach to Percy French, encompassing the spirit and personality of

Office opening hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-6pm. Checkout our website for an up-to-date list of venues that are participating in our discount scheme exclusive to Translink Ticket Holders (Terms and conditions available on our website)

the man who was not only a songwriter but whose talents included satire, journalism and art. Look out for the Spirit of Percy French logo.


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Colum Sands Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. £10/£12 Details/booking info on page 7

on the use of open tunings, the best way of using a slide, the benefits of using fingerpicks etc. He will use 3 songs/tunes to do this which will be included on a CD (with tablature) for participants to take home.

momentous spiritual journey of sex and salvation. No-one is spared- including the artist himself. Religious fundamentalist hecklers are especially welcomed. Keep the Faith.

Roy Fulton will co-host and explain some of his advanced finger-picking and tuning techniques, chord voicings, developing strumming patterns, the benefits of practising scales and musicality.

A heady mix of jazz, swing, blues and Latin American music with some Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Peter Green thrown in for good measure.

Jazz & Dave and Friends

The Forum will have a Q&A session. Also look out for Roy’s ukulele workshop on Sunday!

Driftwood Newcastle-based duet Driftwood, delivers a relaxed acoustic set from a wide-range of genres. Their piano and guitar combination lends itself perfectly to their repertoire of country/folk music from the 60s to date. Guitar Forum with Mark Braidner & Roy Fulton Mark will demonstrate different styles and techniques involved in the playing and performing of fingerpicking Delta Blues and Ragtime Guitar with discussions

LaFaro Voted BBC Northern Ireland Across the Line Local Act of the Year 2 years running and with stints at SXSW, Glasgowbury and European tour supporting Helmet, LaFaro are a four piece alternative rock band from Belfast. Their single Tupenny Nudger was voted Best Northern Irish song of the past 5 years in a poll conducted by AU magazine.

Joby Fox

James Curran Multi-award winning ‘irreverent’ James Curran will showcase his new show ‘I Believe’, the CD of which was very well received. The show takes us through a

Joby started his career in a punky band called The Bankrobbers in the early 80s and later formed Energy Orchard whose first single ‘Belfast’, written by Fox as a teenager, made it to the UK Top 50 Charts and was number 1 in Ireland.

Mark Braidner Following the guitar forum, Mark will be performing his unique style of Delta & Ragtime Blues in a concert in Macken’s Beer Garden


funk, ska, jazz and rock’n’roll, all with a Northern Irish twist! Songs range from political and social observations, to songs about people, dancing and drinking, with clever lyrics and catchy, danceable tunes.

quartet Rhythm & Reeds play a wide range of styles from classical to modern jazz and pop arrangements as well as original compositions.

Matthew Rutherford Jones Do you like bacon and music? Well so does Matt Jones so you have that in common… He plays modern covers of cool songs using live loops and an acoustic guitar. Some of his favourites include Bob Marley, Daft Punk, Miike Snow, Paolo Nutini, the XX, Modest Mouse and MIA.

Ross Maguire Rab McCullough Blues veteran Rab McCullough has been playing Blues since the 1960s, and this solo acoustic performance will be a night of classic blues from a master of the genre and one of the best performers anywhere.

A talented singer-songwriter drawing inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver, Paul Simon and John Mayer, Ross Maguire indulges in many styles of writing and has crafted his own. Whether it’s with a sentimental tug at the heart strings or an uplifting tale of self belief Ross is not to be missed.

Sabrejets Belfast Greaser Kings, The Sabrejets draw on influences from primal 50’s Rock’n’Roll through the likes of T.Rex and The New York Dolls to The Cramps. Their unique stripped down, revved up, twofisted brand of rockabilly has seen them tear apart venues throughout Ireland, Britain and Europe. Don’t be shy about digging out your dancing shoes and throwing on your rock’n’roll garb for a night of flinging and being flung. These guys are the real deal and they know how to party! Tickets £5 from Newcastle Tourist Information, Down Arts Centre, NAF Office or go to wegottickets.com and search Newcastle Arts Festival

Scorpion Jack NI Soul Troop One of the freshest live acts to hit the Northern scene over the past few years NI Soul Troop use soul music as building block, fusing

Rhythm & Reeds County Down-based saxophone

Back in Newcastle for one night only after storming the closing night of NAF 2011, Scorpion Jack is an acoustic folk rock duo: one voice, one drum, one guitar. Their


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sound is an inimitable blend with energy, pep and heart. Join us, kick off your shoes and dance your cares away at the last gig of NAF 2013.

The Bonnevilles The Bonnevilles are deeply soulful vocalist and delta surfing

guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jnr and powerhouse drumming manmountain Christopher McMullan. They have earned a reputation as one of the most incendiary live acts in the country. Their sound is described as “Hound Dog Taylor and RL Burnside using Black Sabbath’s equipment” (Trash City).

We’re also joined by Hillyard House in Castlewellan this year, who will be putting on a Blues and acoustic music weekend. For programme details, visit ‘Hillyard House’ on Facebook

The Hard Chargers Described as Dirty Blues from Belfast, raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from down-home washboard/ resonator/double bass workouts to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock, The Hard Chargers play a selection of original songs and unique arrangements by trailblazers such as Son House, Howlin Wolf and Lonnie Mack.

The Rupture Dogs The Rupture dogs are a four piece heavy rock band from Newcastle and Belfast. Full of guts, the band are never afraid to push themselves to the limits, and genuinely love what they do. Despite the pressures of funding a tour, recording and mixing songs, it is clear that this is a band with a bright future, full of passion and grit.


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An evening with

I PREFER THE LITTLE BACK ROADS OF DIALECT TO THE STRAIGHT MOTORWAYS OF PERFECT GRAMMAR, AND I SET OUT EACH DAY WITH ONE EAR TO THE WORD ON THE STREET AND THE OTHER TURNED TO THE SONG IN THE HEDGE. s a finale to this year’s Spirit of Percy French festival we are pleased to present an exclusive evening of entertainment with Colum Sands and his special guest. Colum received a Living Tradition Award for his services to Folk and Traditional Music and his song, The Donegall Road was included in the Smithsonian Sound Neighbours album and shortlisted for the 2009 Grammy Awards. Colum’s ninth album Turn the Corner is due for release in summer 2013. As part of the evening’s programme the first ever Spirit of Percy French Awards will recognise and acknowledge artistic and creative talent during this year’s festival.

Sunday 18 August, 8pm. Chandelier Suite, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. Tickets from our on-line box office or at the Festival Office £10 or £12 at the door. Visit newcastleartsfestival.org or our Facebook page for more information.

In addition, for £70 per person based on a double/twin room guests can avail of an evening meal in the Percy French Restaurant. Guests may request a quote for an upgrade

Spaces are limited and subject to availability so be sure to book early!

All the above prices include full use of the Spa Active Floor, and residents may purchase tickets to the Colum Sands evening for just £10 from the Hotel Reception.

The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is offering special Spirit of Percy French rates from, £110 per classic Twin or Double bedroom and £80 classic single bed and breakfast.

Tickets available from Newcastle Tourist Information, Down Arts Centre, NAF Office (during Festival weekend) or go to wegottickets.com and search Newcastle Arts Festival.

www.hastingshotels.com/slieve-donard-resort-and-spa


Afghanistan: If I can be a voice... “I tell my children, you’re so lucky that you live in a place where you don’t need to think about your food, security, expressing your views or if your father will be arrested...”

Amnesty International presents a new photography exhibition which explores in their own words and photographs the hopes and histories of women who left Afghanistan for the UK.

the propellers trigger a sound unique to that sensor if a propeller passes over them. The visitor can act as composer in choosing which sensors to use and how to arrange them.

The moving testimonies and personal photographs tell candid stories of war, revolution, cultural dissociation and new beginnings - and a strong, enduring hope for Afghanistan’s future.

Propeller Music will be in Newcastle Library’s Glass Gallery for two weeks from 14 August. Library opening hours only.

Newcastle Centre, August 15-23

What does it mean to be an Afghan woman living in the UK today?

Propeller Music, Iain McCurdy (2013) Propeller Music is an interactive sound installation which invites visitors to spin mechanical propellers arranged on the floor of the gallery. Small sensors arranged underneath the paths of any of

Photography exhibition A new string to our art bow this year will be our photography exhibition. Over the past few months we have been receiving applications from photographers of all levels. We at NAF are sure you will be impressed with the results. The Glass Gallery at Newcastle Library. 14 – 30 August, library opening hours only. Pop-Up Gallery The best of artistic talent will be showcased in our Pop-up Gallery somewhere in the centre of town. The gallery will be opened throughout the Festival. Keep your eyes opened for the Pop-up Gallery or check for details on our website and on Facebook.


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which would change the nature of the whole local music scene.

local groups. Bands like Rudi (the label’s first single), The Outcasts (the label’s first and only album) and the Undertones (the label’s biggest success) were given a leg up by the one eyed man with more vision than most!

erri Hooley opened the Good Vibrations record shop on Belfast’s Great Victoria street in the 1970s. When punk started to take off in the city Terri was inspired by the enthusiasm and created a label to showcase the

The film that had Mark Kermode in tears has considerably raised the bar for local film production with its positively infectious insight into dark days in our past where great deeds were going on unheeded. Events that would forever change the lives of those who were perpetuating them, and that would have knock on effects

After the film screening Terri Hooley, directors Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, and David Holmes who scored the film will make themselves available for a question and answer session. Then... The Outcasts take the stage! The re-formed Outcasts comprising original members Greg Cowan, Martin Cowan and Raymond Falls have been touring extensively since 2011. The band’s first album Self Conscious Over You is still rated as one of the best to come out of the punk era, the title track of the album being used for the closing credits of the Good Vibrations film. As the Annesley Hall will be set out in cabaret fashion for this evening numbers will be limited so we heartily recommend that you book early for this one. Tickets £8 from Newcastle Tourist Information, Down Arts Centre, NAF Office or go to wegottickets.com and search Newcastle Arts Festival. This film is rated 15.


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Newcastle Arts Festival and Translink invite you to join Granite Tours for a guided tour to experience the best the Mourne Mountains has to offer. iew sights of outstanding natural beauty and historical landmarks, whilst getting hints and tips on photography from our onboard professional from Purple Pink Photography.

Discover where C.S. Lewis got his literary inspiration for Narnia, the beautiful Silent Valley reservoir, historical Dundrum Castle and

the buzzing town of Newcastle. So let us take you on a journey and show you what we have on our doorstep. This two hour tour, which normally costs £25, is free to all Translink ticket holders on presentation of a valid ticket between 12.45pm and 1.15pm on the festival dates 15th 16th 17th and 18th August. Evidence of travel into Newcastle will be required. One ticket – One Tour.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. From 1.15pm the remaining seats may be purchased by non ticket holders at a discounted price of £7.50. Translink customers are still eligible during this period subject to availability. The tour will depart from Newcastle Depot at 1.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 2 hours maximum www.granitetours.com

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thank you to our volunteers, you are all amazing! NAF would like to thank the following people and organisations for their help and support: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Down District Council, Denise Griffith at Down Arts, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Burrendale Hotel, Country Club and Spa, Newcastle Community Cinema, Percy French Society, Granite Tours, Grainne Tobin, Patrick Corrigan, Margaret Ritchie, Martin McParland, Donal O’Hagan and all our advertisers. An especially big

NAF are a voluntary, non-profit group, relying on public funding, donations and advertising. If you would like to find out more or advertise in next year’s programme get in touch through the Facebook page, website at newcastlefestival.org, phone 07546 838137 or email info@newcastlefestival.org Newcastle Lions supports NAF

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Percy French – the last Troubadour The name Percy French has become synonymous with the Mournes. He is acknowledged as one of

Ireland’s greatest songwriters but he was also an artist of note, a journalist, writer of poetry and skits and an accomplished banjo player. Newcastle Glee Singers and the Donard Theatre Group are delighted to join forces to celebrate and present “Percy French – The Last Troubadour” taking us on a journey through the life and times of this talented man and showcasing many of his best loved compositions. Friday 16 August 8pm £9 / £7 The Newcastle Centre 2 hours + interval

Tall Tales and Short Songs Featuring Radio Ulster’s Gerry Anderson and Sean Donnelly This production is unique - a one –man show featuring two people. Gerry will tell preposterous stories. Sean Donnelly will sing songs. The two will banter each other without mercy and invite questions from the audience. Saturday 17 August 8pm £12 / £10 The Newcastle Centre Presented by David Hull Promotions 2 hours including interval The Magilligans When Translink invented public transport, they never imagined it would release the raw potential

of big Frankie and wee Bobby Magilligan. If you are seeking thrills and hilarity, catch these brothers now… who knows the boys may even have a wee cup of tea waiting for you! Saturday 17 August 1pm & 2.30pm Free Newcastle Promenade The NAF team worked together with Down Arts Centre to co-ordinate their 'Summer Season' events into the festival programme - we would like to thank them for their help and co-operation.


So enjoy the likes of sax quartet Rhythm and Reeds and our very own close-up magic performer John Nellis amongst others whilst you sip your cappuccino! Cafes This year, we’ll be taking the festival to the audience with impromptu entertainment performances over the weekend in Villa Vinci Restaurant, Nikki’s Kitchen Café and the Savoy Café.

Knitting Nancy NAF are proud to announce the arrival of Giant Knitting Nancy! Look for the gazebo on the prom where you will find members of The Knit, Stitch and Crochet Club working away on their projects and willing to share skills with anyone who wants to learn. And have a go at weaving with our Giant Knitting Nancy, of course!

To commemorate the anniversary of the 175th fishing tragedy the finished piece will be donated to The Harbour area. Come down and join in, weave a length of netting and meet the club. There may even be an appearance by members of SOCK (Secret Outside Crocheters and Knitters), our local, cheeky yarnbombers! Samba

standard samba grooves with inventive & original compositions.

Chidambaram is a lively all woman samba band, with commitment to musical development, empowerment of women and FUN! They mix

Join Chidambaram on the promenade at 3pm Sunday afternoon. There will also be a Samba workshop at 2pm. In association with Down Arts Centre.


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to anyone aged 15 and over. Thursday 15 August 5pm-7pm. Brunel’s function room, Anchor Bar, Newcastle. Contact Shirley at shirleyannemcmillan@gmail.com for more details and to book a place.

Flash fiction

Enter the Newcastle Arts Festival Flash Fiction competition! lash Fiction is a form of extremely short story telling with a strict word limit. Tell a story in 200 words or less and you could win a mystery prize! The winning entries will be read at the Colum Sands and Festival Awards evening on Sunday 18 August in the Chandelier Suite of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle. There is no age limit to this competition but entries are limited to one per person. Stories should not have been published before and they can be any genre (science-fiction, romance, thriller, children’s story - let your imagination sail away!)

Irish or Ulster Scots language are welcome Send your entries to shirleyannemcmillan@gmail. com or post to Newcastle Arts Festival C/O 11 Ardaluin Court, Newcastle BT330RT Please be sure to send your NAME, AGE and CONTACT DETAILS with your story. Closing date: Friday 2 August at midday For examples of Flash Fiction stories visit www.shortbreadstories.co.uk

Shirley-Anne McMillan reading

Writing Fiction Workshop with Shirley-Anne McMillan Perhaps you are a total beginner who wants to try their hand at writing stories or novels, or maybe you’ve been writing for years and want to create some space for yourself to try a new technique. Perhaps you simply want to meet other writers in the area. If you are interested in writing fiction this workshop is for you. A friendly and relaxed writing session, open

Shirley-Anne McMillan is a writer and teacher living in South Down. Shirley-Anne’s first novel, Widows’ Row, which is set in Newcastle, is available now. Come and hear Shirley-Anne reading from Widows’ Row and talking about her experience of writing the novel. The reading will include an extract from her new novel, set in Belfast, and an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of Widows’ Row. Thursday 15 August from 7pm. Brunel's function room, Anchor Bar, Newcastle. 14 and over.


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Word of Mouth Poetry Party

A Reading will be at the Burrendale Hotel Saturday 17 August, 5pm

(Not-Dead Poets! Free Entry! Thrills! Smiles! Snacks!) Come and hear poems by four writers from the Word of Mouth poetry collective. You are also welcome to bring a poem or two to the open mic session. It might be your own work, or a poem you have read and want to share. There will be a chance to get books signed by the writers afterwards. Gráinne Tobin lives in Newcastle. Her books are Banjaxed and The Nervous Flyer’s Companion. Ruth Carr is from Belfast. Her books are There is a House and The Airing Cupboard. Natasha Cuddington is from Saskatchewan and lives in Belfast. Her poems are in many magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Ann Zell spent her childhood in Idaho and lived in New York, Spain, France and London before settling in West Belfast. Her books are Wintering and Between Me and All Harm. Saturday 17 August 2-4pm. Glass Gallery at Newcastle Library

Percy French Exhibition Malachi O’Doherty Malachi O’Doherty, Writer in Residence at Queen’s University Belfast, will be holding a workshop entitled Writing From Life and a reading during this year’s festival. Malachi has just been awarded a PhD in Creative Writing for his six published books. Malachi’s most recent book, On My Own Two Wheels, is about cycling in later life. In I Was A Teenage Catholic he writes about the influence of religion on his life, including a spell of four years in an Indian ashram.

Malachi O'Docherty: Writing From Life Malachi will be holding a workshop entitled Writing From Life at the Burrendale Hotel, Saturday 17 August, 2-4pm, booking essential via booking@newcastlefestival.org or Facebook page

There will be an exhibition of reproduction Percy French paintings in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August.

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Newcastle Arts Festival in association with Newcastle Community Cinema is proud to present a magical spectacle not to be missed...…The Wizard of Oz. elve into a world of munchkins, cowardly lions, scarecrows, rusty tin men, good and bad witches and one very special wizard. Kicking off at Shimna Integrated College each child will get the opportunity to help build a willow scarecrow, make tin man puppets or their own ruby red slippers. The crafts on offer are tailored to develop skills, encourage creativity and learn something new, all whilst having heaps of fun! From there we will follow the yellow brick road to Annesley Hall, into the Emerald City where NCC and all the characters from Oz will be waiting to entertain us on the silver screen. So click your heels three times and

make sure you book your lollipop kid a place at our Wizard of Oz themed day. Following on from the massive success of last year’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, you won’t want to miss out…after all there’s no place like Newcastle Arts Festival…or home!

Sunday 18 August , 1pm – 5pm All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements as there will be snacks provided. Limited numbers. Tickets by request only. To reserve your place email oz@newcastlefestival.org


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design and pattern. Please bring a 8-10 cm round stone for the paper weight. Friday, 10am-4pm Willow Weaving

Friday & Saturday, 10.30am -4.30pm

Acrylic painting workshop Eddie Mallon will be holding two one-day acrylic painting workshops. You will be painting the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea, viewed from the front of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. There will be indoor facilities in the event of inclement weather. Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook. Free event.

Heather McDermott will be holding 3 Willow Craft Workshops, making a small garden sculpture, a garland, and a rustic willow bowl. Age 16 years and over. Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook. Free event.

Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook. Free event.

Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook. Free event.

Saturday, 10am-4pm Jewellery Workshop Linzi Rooney will be making jewellery using silver cutlery from the Victorian era. The silver will be cut and adapted to make various kinds of jewellery enhanced with stones and pearls.

Friday, 10am-4pm

There will be two 3 hour workshops.

Felting

Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook. Free event.

Elaine from Turnip House will be holding a felting workshop. Try your hand at turning whispy fibres into solid material and be amazed at what you produce. In this taster you can make a paper weight or small vessel in your choice of colours and experiment with

Cushnan will show you how to use vegetable based paints and finish your cake with a painting of your choice. 14 years and over.

Saturday 10am - 4pm Cake Decoration Learn how to make decorations with sugar paste and add them to your fondant covered cake. Sarah

Sunday 12.00noon-2pm Circus Skills The Great Mefiesto’s Circus Academy: Ever wanted to juggle? Ever fancied the idea of balancing on one wheel? Ever wondered how you spin plates? Ever felt the need try the impossible? Well now is your chance. The Great Mefiesto will be opening his “Suitcase of Circus Toys” and teaching, in an informal setting, feats of equilibristics and manipulation to children of all ages. No previous experience needed! Free, drop-in event.


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Saturday and Sunday will be days of beats and rhythms in Newcastle with NAF's Days of the Drum (in association with Down Arts Centre)

Sunday 11am-1pm Annesley Hall Ukulele Workshop If you have ever fancied trying your hand at playing strings but never got around to it this could be the workshop for you. Roy Fulton will be showing us the ins and outs of the ukulele, tuning, basic chords, strumming pattern and picking patterns plus getting started on beginner level songs. Fun is the key. Bring your own ukulele. This is a family orientated workshop for mums and dads as well as the younger audience. Free, drop-in event.

Friday 1pm-5pm Annesley Hall Drama Workshop Shakespeare & Archetypes with Patrick McCoey A template for the human condition “I can no longer live by thinking” Orlando This workshop offers participants the chance to explore the magic and power of some of Shakespeare’s greatest characters. No previous experience of Shakespeare’s work is required to fully engage with the programme. Free Event. Booking essential. Email bookings@newcastlefestival.org or message via Facebook.

Get warmed up with Brendan Popplestone and his team with their Doodling Drums workshop. All and sundry are invited to join in making music with a rolling drum and percussion jam session. Fun and a big musical sound will be the order of the day. Whatever your age or ability, come and join in the meandering doodle, creating music drawing from roots all over the world.

Saturday 11am – 1pm Newcastle Centre meeting room. This is a drop-in workshop.

On Sunday Belfast’s women of rhythm Chidambaram will be running a Samba workshop at the Newcastle Centre. Have a go on a range of instruments from an agogo (bell) to a surdo (big drum). Learn the names of all of the instruments and the structure of Samba pieces. By the end of the workshop you will know all about Grooves and Breaks and the Clave and phrases like ‘Have a Cup of Tea with this Great Samba Band’ and ‘Upside Inside Out’ plus you will be able to perform a whole (simple) samba piece with Chidambaram. Newcastle Centre meeting room. Arrive at 2pm to join in. This will be followed with a performance at 3pm by Chidambaram outside Newcastle Centre.



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