March 2016

International Women’s DayMarch 8, 2016

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In celebration of International Women’s Day 2016 the Woman’s Equality Party have made 117 cupcakes to hand out on Guildford High Street to men ONLY and one cupcake to one woman to symbolise the 117 years that it has been predicted to reach global

Gender Equality.

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If you are interested in finding out more about WEP and our objectives then please join us at our next meeting at The Electric Theatre this Saturday (12th March) at 6pm.

Toast Of Surrey Awards 2016March 4, 2016

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We have been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise category for this year’s Toast of Surrey Awards!

The Social Enterprise category are social mission driven organisations which apply market based strategies to achieve a social purpose. Companies that have a strong social benefit, can demonstrate a clear understanding of the social needs that they are addressing; and a track record of growth to meet these needs.

Businesses should be profitable but also benefit the local community. Organisations that have been created in areas of deprivation or those which have taken over public services but do this on a charitable basis. Equally, they could be charities which have a strong business element and while they make profits, they put much of that back into communities.

“The judges have been impressed once again, not just by the calibre of the companies that entered but by the range and variety of businesses that are thriving in Surrey,” said Mark Miseldine, Surrey Advertiser group deputy editor.

“It’s proved a showcase for the strength of the county’s business community. Well done to all the applicants.

“It certainly made the shortlisting decisions difficult for us. But the finalists we have chosen are the ones who managed to stand out amid a strong field.”

Read more about the other shortlisted companies and organisations, including our friends Yvonne Arnaud and the Guildford Shakespeare Company, here.

TOGETHER WE MAKE MOREMarch 1, 2016

ARTS ORGANISATIONS COLLABORATE IN CELEBRATION OF 75 COLLECTIVE YEARS OF CREATING ART IN GUILDFORD

TOGETHER WE MAKE MORE

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 11 September 2016

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2016 is a big year for four arts organisations in Guildford – and they’ve decided to make it that bit bigger by uniting to celebrate collectively, as Together We Make More launches this summer.

The arts scene in Guildford is vibrant and varied, and four of those arts providers are rather excited to celebrate their significant milestones with you.

While Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is celebrating the second half of their 50th anniversary, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary for both the Boileroom and Guildford Shakespeare Company, and the baby of the arts group, G Live will turn five later this year.

With a cumulative 75 years’ experience of making art in Guildford, these four organisations have decided to join forces to introduce Together We Make More: an integrated arts programme which will see them working together to create art in Guildford.

The Together We Make More group says: “2016 welcomes a flurry of local arts landmark anniversaries and we were all thinking about exciting ways to celebrate our respective birthdays – when the solution became obvious!  It’s a thoroughly brilliant opportunity for the four of us to join forces and work together, celebrating with others who are equally passionate about making art in Guildford.  We’re all incredibly excited about our birthday project.”

Sharing skills and resources, this partnership will see them produce new work for Guildford audiences from Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, September 11, showcasing the work of talented artists and performers across all art forms.

The collaboration will also provide opportunities for audiences to experience work in new settings, as the Guildford companies look forward to staging performances in each other’s venues for the very first time.

Proposed arts events range from lip sync battles and pop up theatres, to street art and workshops, promising Guildford an incredibly exciting programme of arts events to entertain the Borough throughout the summer.

Celebrating local arts, Together We Make More will culminate in a fun-filled weekend arts festival which will be held at Guildford Cricket Club on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, commencing with Guildford’s first ever Arts Parade where all Guildford arts groups, artists and practitioners will be invited to take part and represent our thriving community.

For any further information, images or interviews, please contact any of the arts organisations:

Toni Coe (Boileroom, Community Arts Co-ordinator)

toni@theboileroom.net

Laura Butler (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Press and PR Manager)

01483 440077 lbutler@yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Jo Wright (G Live, Creative Learning Manager)

01483 739065 jwright@glive.co.uk

Ant Stones (Guildford Shakespeare Company, Education and Outreach Officer)

01483 301590 education@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

 

Hear more via Eagle Radio’s podcast: www.964eagle.co.uk/podcasts/cml/98/209.mp3