We are thrilled to announce the launch of a 15 month collaborative arts project:
The Turning Tides Project at Arnos Vale.
Arnos Vale is a Victorian Cemetery in the heart of Bristol. It's 45 acre site includes a wealth of historic architecture and buildings set in beautiful natural woodland. The Turning Tides Project will use the Arnos Vale Landscape to inspire the creation of a series of original musical works that will play from the landscape forming the soundtrack to an accessible journey around the site.
The creative process will include a series of on and off site workshops, the opportunity to work with a range of musicians and musical styles, gain skills and experience in recording and editing music and contributing to a large scale performance that includes an exhibition and workshops: If you'd like to hear more about how you can be involved in this exciting project please contact us. The Turning Tides Project at Arnos Vale will have it's own page on our web site so that you can watch the journey unfold. This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Kathryn ,Margaret, Vicky and Jan had an amazing time. We went to Hayle in Cornwall and stayed in a caravan for five days.
As you can see in the photos, Cornwall is just beautiful. We visited The Lizard, Lands End, St Ives, Penzance, Truro, Malpas (which is a little riverside village) and a chocolate factory in Mullion Mmmmmmm.
Marg said she had a lovely time and really enjoyed seeing St Michaels Mount again. The caravan was on a really lovely site right beside the beach and Kathryn loved the train ride and the pasties. We all had such an awesome time and came back completely exhausted.
Written by Jan Dean and Margaret, Published by Dominic Palfreman
Stuart (of Turning Tides Radio Vibe fame - check out his profile) and I finished co-writing his first song today. Here's a quick glimpse of some of the words that inspired the lyrics (and also some that didn't).
I have just realised that I have been keeping all of our great photographs and all the news on what went on at Exeter Respect Festival to myself! What use is a blog if I don't give you the news fresh off the press?!
The Festival was brilliant! We were there all weekend with our own large corner pitch - perfect for us to make some noise and get our voices heard - You may have seen our video on our Facebook page which was publish as it was it was all going on. Thank you to all of you that came and joined in with our Open Mic - you were all stars smashing the junk instruments, strumming the guitars and hitting the Cajons provided by Matt Jackson.
We brought things to sell: Hand crafted benches and decorative mushrooms, the Cajons, bracelets and postcards - all manner of things! Every item bought and every donation made will go towards making what we do work; making music and the arts accessible to everyone.
We even wrote a new song! We made new friends and met loads of like minded and interested people :). We could not have done all of this without the help from everyone we work with, the guys from the Respect Festival and thank to Triss from Initial for supporting us with a van.
And then for Sunday - it was hotter (which was nice). We met loads of people and gave out lots of info so we really hope some of them will get in touch and get involved in writing songs, working on the radio show, EPIC plans - and an exciting new project.
We watched Matt, our Cajon teacher play on the Diversity stage with his band five finger discount - and then he came up and jammed with us on the junk band - thanks Matt!
Lovely Karina came up too and her Bollywood group: we love the Bollywood dancing! Thanks guys! Lovely to meet you all! Looking forward to Karinas sessions at #inclusivecrediton.
If you chatted to us at Respect (or even if you didn't) - get in touch!
Now we just need to focus on preparing for the Okehampton Food and Folk Festival!
Written by Dominic Palfreman and Jane Williams
#inclusivecrediton Saturday Sessions began at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre on the Saturday just gone! Thanks to everyone who came and took part in the first session of this exciting new project.
22 of us learnt a few rugby skills, played table tennis and football, spent a very energetic hour Taiko Drumming (if you live in Crediton we do hope you heard us!). It was a brilliant afternoon - looking forward to next Saturday. Why not come and join us?
The #inclusivecrediton sessions will be held each Saturday between 2 and 4pm.
For the next eight weeks the session will include a facilitated hour of Taiko Drumming courtesy of Taiko Journey. After that it'll be time to break out your dancing shoes.
Full details about #inclusivecrediton Saturday sessions will be displayed on our notice board at the leisure centre and on the web sites of Turning tides, Mid Devon Leisure and Active Devon.
#Inclusivecrediton is a two year collaborative initiative between Active Devon, Mid Devon Leisure, the Turning Tides Project, Living Options and Upstream. It aims to create an inclusive environment through the provision of activities specifically for people with additional needs, investing in the development of facilitators, trainers and staff involved. All #inclusivecrediton project Saturday sessions will cost £2.50 per person (support workers go free) making it affordable and accessible to all. Participants in #InclusiveCrediton and Turning Tides Project sessions will be given a level three Zest Card, by Mid Devon leisure and can use this access other activities, including swimming, at a concessionary rate.
For further details on the project, or if you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us or Shane Long at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre: Telephone 01884 234970
Written by Jane WIlliams, Published by Dominic Palfreman
Hey Hey, Bainster in the house again! On Saturday we had a celebration, in fact it was Turning Tides first birthday party, and it was held at the Pavilions in the park.
A fantastic day was had by all, watch our video blog of what people thought about the day which can be found on our Vimeo page. We decided to not only celebrate the day in style but also with the aim of getting The Turning Tides name out there and more widely known. So we set up fund-raising stalls where we did a raffle and many fantastic prizes were kindly donated. We also had an amazing bake stall with many fantastic products that people baked and brought along to sell, these items included quiches tarts and cakes - what a fantastic range.
People also gave us their unwanted items which we used in the tombola and on our bric a brac stall. A lovely gentleman named Rod made some gorgeous mushrooms with red spotty fabric for sitting on, some wooden ones and also some giant wooden dice which we had on display for people to order if they wished. We also sold some Turning Tides t-shirts and bracelets and a CD of songs made by Turning Tides.
The day started off with a fantastic magic show performed by Duncan Norris the magician, he then let those of us who were interested in on how to do a couple of the tricks he performed. Once we had learned them we were asked to give a little magic talent show on what we had learned, it was very fun and a lot more tricky than it looks. We then had a craft stall where people were allowed to make bottle heads to be put on display at the Respect Festival.
In the afternoon I did a solo of Mr Nobody and we had a sing song session Jane played her saxaphone for us and we made/listened to some speeches. Then we made the video blog... of course, then there was all the clearing up.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who came and supported us and helped celebrate the big day. We are very proud to announce that the day has made us nearly seven hundred pounds which is fantastic and will go towards another fantastic opportunity. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day to make it so fantastic.
Written by Jennifer Baines, Published by Dominic Palfreman
Wednesday the 27th, we launched our new radio broadcast show. We started off by learning about how a radio show works and what was needed to be included and when. Then we decided how we wanted it to be projected ie fun or informal. But you shall have to listen and decide for yourself.
We went on to decide what we wanted to include in our first ever radio show and we wrote down some questions for our interview with Christine Marsh, and then we interviewed her.
After the interview we stopped for some refreshments and a bite to eat. I was interviewed, and we interviewed Stuart, and Stuart sang for us. We did the intro and the end bit and decided on the pieces of music we wanted to include. What an eventful and productive day! Huge thank you to Dan from MoorFM radio who came and helped us and did the recording. If you wish to hear it you can find it on the MoorFM website.
Written By Jennifer Baines, Published by Dominic Palfreman