Coming up in Cambridge …..

Cambridge International Jazz Festival runs from 13 – 27 November, bringing together the many strands of the city’s strong jazz scene and welcoming national and international jazz acts too.  With a crammed schedule of vibrant live music at locations across Cambridge and celebrating a wide variety of jazz styles, the programme includes workshops (if you want to learn how to Lindy Hop, now’s your chance!), talks, films, family events and free entry fringe events.  For full programme details and tickets, check out the Festival website www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

Cambridge International Jazz Festival
Image credit: Cambridge International Jazz Festival

“Buy less, choose well, make it last” is designer Dame Vivienne Westwood’s message.  With this mantra ringing in their ears, Cambridge Carbon Footprint brings us the Sustainable Fashion Festival on 17 November at St Barnabas Church on Mill Road, for all Cambridge fashionistas and for anyone who cares about the huge negative impact that fast fashion has on the environment.  You’ll find a clothes swap party, a sewing themed textiles repair cafe, an interactive fashion show, sewing skillshares, a styling zone, workshops, talks and pop up sustainable fashion stalls offering new and vintage clothing.  Take a look at www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org for more.

Sustainable Fashion Festival Cambridge
Image:  Sustainable Fashion Festival

So it’s that time of year ….. I’m making a list and checking it twice before heading off to Cambridge Made Christmas Fair which is my go to for original Christmas presents.  The Fair is running from 29 November to 1 December at St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church and will showcase the work of forty four designer-makers, artists and craftspeople.  You’ll find a huge variety of handmade goodies including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, quilts, botanical toiletries, cards, decorations, toys and homewares.  More details on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/927219054144713/

Cambridge Made Christmas Fair logo
Image credit: Purplespoon Design

This post is part of my “New in Cambridge” column in the November issue of Velvet Magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

What’s on in November

As the nights draw in and the leaves crunch under our feet, it’s another busy month here in Cambridge.  This what’s on listing for November is by no means exhaustive but you’ll find an eclectic mix of events that have come to my attention.  Please get in touch through my Contact page if you know of an event that I can add in.  And I’ll try to update through the month, so do check back when you can.

Autumn morning on Midsummer Common Cambridge
Autumn morning on Midsummer Common, image by Harriet Kelsall

1st    6pm  Parisian Women and the Nazi Occupation, uncovering their lives and their relationships.  Part of the Liberation Literature Lecture Series.  The Auditorium, Robinson College.  Booking essential.  http://www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk

2nd    7.30pm  Michaelmas Concert.  Vaughan Williams, Stanford and Beethoven.  Clare College Music Society.  West Road Concert Hall, CB3

3rd    Remembering the First World War.  Literature Cambridge Study Day.  Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

3rd    1pm  Voices and Viols, Laments of the Renaissance.  Carissimi, Gibbons, Weelkes and Byrd.  Erasmus Chamber Choir with Cambridge University Consort of Viols.  St. Clements Church, Bridge Street, CB2

6th    Translation as Music, Music as Translation.  Part of Women, Languages and Translation in the Italian Tradition Conference.  Talk 4.50 – 5.30pm.  Concert 6 – 7pm Bach, Chopin and Brahms.  Clare College.  Advance registration required on womenandtranslation2018@gmail.com

7th    5 – 9pm  Late at the Fitzwilliam: Feminist Takeover.  Fitzwilliam Museum  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/events

9th (until 12th Dec)   10am – 6pm Metamorphoses & Other Prints, an exhibition of art works by David Brown.  http://www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk

9 – 10th  Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film.  Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College.  http://www.CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org

9th    7pm  West Road Remembers, a remembrance concert.  West Road Concert Hall, CB3

10th    3pm  History of Tango.  Talk and dance demonstration by Cambridge Tango Academy.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2.  http://www.cambridgelivetickets.co.uk

10th    3.15pm  O Nata Lux.  London Oriana Choir.  Monteverdi, Vaughan-Williams, Britten, Andrew, Hagan and Dale.  Queens’ College Chapel.  Free entry.  http://www.londonoriana.com

10th    7.30pm  Pujol Plays Tango.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2.  http://www.pujolcambridge.com

10th    7.30pm  A Farewell to Arms, an evening of music to reflect on war and peace.  Fairhaven Singers.  Queens’ College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

10th    8pm  The Seraphin Chamber Orchestra.  Mahler and Schubert.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, CB2  http://www.seraphinchamberorchestra.com

11th    8.30pm  An evening of new choral and orchestral music to commemorate the WW1 armistice centenary.  The Phoenix Choir and The Phoenix Ensemble.  Great St Mary’s Church, CB2.  http://www.adcticketing.com/armistice or tickets on the door

12th    7.45pm  Science meets Faith: Issues concerning palliative and end of life care.  Dr Stephen Barclay.  Wesley Church, CB1

13 – 27th    Cambridge International Jazz Festival  http://www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

14 – 17th    Cambridge Beer Festival.  University Social Club, Mill Lane, CB2  http://www.cambridgebeerfestival.com

14 – 26th    Cambridge Music Festival  http://www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk

16th    7.30pm  A Courtly Garland.  Orpheus Britannicus.  Grossi, Handel, Finger and Torelli.  Trinity Hall, CB2  http://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/news-events/events

17th    The North Pole Ice Rink opens.  Parker’s Piece, CB1.  http://www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

17th    11am – 4.30pm  Sustainable Fashion Festival.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, CB1  http://www.circularcambridge.org/fashion.  Read more here

17th    8pm  Trinity Singers Concert.  Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle.  Trinity College Chapel.

17th    7.30pm  Raise your Voices Cambridge.  A variety of musical styles and songs, raising money for Church Urban Fund.  Great St Mary’s Church, CB2  http://www.raiseyourvoices.org.uk

18th    11am – 4pm  Naomi Davies Art Winter Open Studio.  Cake, carols, cards, gifts and paintings.  151 Hobart Road, CB1 http://naomidaviesart.co.uk/winter-open-studio-on-18-november/

18th    5pm  Christmas Lights Switch On.  Market Square, CB1

23 – 25th    Cambridge Literary Festival  http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

24th    8pm  Enchantment and Passion.  Delibes, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian.  Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall, CB3.  http://www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com

29th – 1st Dec    Cambridge Made Christmas Fair.  St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, CB2   Facebook: Cambridge Made Christmas Fair 2018  Read more about Cambridge Made and last year’s Christmas Fair here

30th    6 – 8pm  Pots for Poverty.  Charity sale raising funds for Jimmy’s Night Shelter.  The Locker Cafe, King Street, CB1.  Read more about last year’s Pots for Poverty here

30th    6 – 9pm  Late at Kettle’s Yard.  Kettle’s Yard, CB3.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/late-at-kettles-yard

Autumn colour in Trumpington Street Cambridge
Autumn colour on Trumpington Street

 

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival celebrates film past, present and future, showcases new talent and brings film makers to the city for eight glorious days of screenings and events from 25 October to 1 November.

Cambridge Film Festival logo 2018

I met with Kayleigh Barnes, Marketing Co-ordinator at Cambridge Film Trust to find out more about this year’s Festival schedule.  Every year (in what sounds to me like a really fabulous job!) the Festival programmers visit major international film festivals – think London, Cannes, Berlin and Venice.  Their quest is to discover the best new films and documentaries out there and to bring a varied line up back to Cambridge, giving us a rare chance to see great films that we might otherwise miss.

Cambridge Film Festival film reel
Image credit: Cambridge Film Festival

Kayleigh and I talked about the diverse strands of programming that run alongside the main feature films and documentaries.  The Family Film Festival offers daytime film screenings suitable for all ages, with linked children’s arts and crafts activities and a BAFTA workshop while the Short Film programme brings us shorts from around the world.  For a film maker, having your work shown in this category is very prestigious indeed; in a lengthy selection process, hundreds of submissions are reviewed by a panel of film industry experts and each film is watched by three reviewers before a final forty films make the cut.

For fans of old movies, there’s a Silence and Sounds classics programme, screening vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment.  Experimental film making is showcased in the Microcinema programme while the very popular Camera Catalonia screens a selection of the best Catalan films.  Partnerships with the Cambridge African Film Festival and the Korean Cultural Centre enrich the Festival programme with contemporary films from across Africa and Korea.

Cambridge Film Festival live band
Image credit: Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Trust, a charity founded to promote film culture and education in the East of England, runs this event under the leadership of Festival Director, Toby Jones.  The Festival’s main venue is the Arts Picturehouse Cinema in St Andrew’s Street with screenings also being held at Emmanuel College just opposite and The Light Cinema at Cambridge Leisure Park.

Check out the Festival website where you’ll find the full programme of screenings and events and through which you can book tickets.

www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

This post is part of my October “New in Cambridge” column in Velvet magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

Coming up in Cambridge …..

 

Cambridge Festival of Ideas logo 2018

The University of Cambridge opens its doors from 15 – 28 October for the 11th annual Festival of Ideas which this year explores the theme of “extremes”.  Celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences, a packed programme of over 200 events includes talks, exhibitions, films, debates and performances held in galleries, museums and lecture theatres across the city.  There’s something here for everyone, whether your interest lies in politics, history, the arts, literature or music or whether you just want to open your mind to new ideas and to question the status quo.  Most events are free, some need to be booked in advance which you can do through the Festival website.

www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

 

Apples in a box
Image credit:  Will Greenfield

In this season of mist and mellow fruitfulness, don’t miss Apple Day at the stunning forty acre Cambridge University Botanic Garden on 21 October.  It’s a wonderful celebration of all things appley with tastings, advice on cultivation, children’s activities, free guided garden tours and a marquee full of locally produced edibles.  Come hungry as you’ll find a wide choice of refreshments from a variety of food trucks and the Garden Café.  And if you have a mystery apple tree in your garden, you need the apple identification service.  Just bring along a couple of apples with a leaf and stalk attached and who knows, you may bring a lost heritage variety to light!

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

People apple tasting
Image credit: Will Greenfield
Autumn Botanic Garden
Image credit: Will Greenfield

This post is part of my October “New in Cambridge” column in Velvet magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

What’s on in October

Well, Cambridge feels a little bit different now ….. there’s a nip in the morning air, the evenings are drawing in and the rhythm of the city changes as the students return.  There’s plenty going on and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.

Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam
Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam

5th    8pm  Fresher Brass.  A “Meet and Greet” concert with the City of Cambridge Brass Band.  St Giles Church, Castle Street, CB3.  Free entry.

6th    7.30pm  The Fishermen.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1.  http://www.anglia.ac.uk

7th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.vegfest.co.uk

7th   2 – 4pm/5 – 7pm  Cambridge Wine Fair.  Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington Street, CB2.  Meet local independent wine merchants.  http://www.cambridgewinefair.com

8th    7.45pm  Climate Change: A Scientific Update.  Speaker:  Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE.  Part of the Science meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1.  Free admission.

15 – 18th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

15th    7pm  Oompah Brass.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice

18th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  Tickets include welcome drink and canapes.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com  Read more here

19th    8pm  The Choral Pilgrimage 2018.  Music by Cornysh and Britten.  The Sixteen.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.thesixteen.com

20th    11am – 4pm  Volunteer for Cambridge.  Free showcase for the diversity of volunteering opportunities in the city with around 90 organisations attending.  Guildhall, Market Square, CB2.  http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-for-cambridge

20th   2 – 5.30pm  Understanding King Lear.  Study Day with Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, Stapleford, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/lear/  Read more here

20th    7.30pm  Let there be Light.  Charity concert for CBM UK, the overseas disability charity, showcasing local musicians and voices.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2.  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk

21st    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Brookside, CB2.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

22nd    1 – 3pm  The Fitzwilliam Museum.  Disability friendly opening.  A relaxed afternoon aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings and carers.  Free entry but please book in advance.  Trumpington Street, CB2.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

23rd    11am – 5pm Tues – Sun.  Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings.  Abstract Expressionist.  This exhibition runs until 6 January 2019.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

24th    7 – 10pm  Plague Late.   Part of the Cam Lates season.  Get up close and personal with the past and present of the Plague.  Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2.  Book in advance.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

24 – 27th    7.30pm plus two matinees at 2.30pm.  West Side Story.  Cambridge Theatre Company.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.camtheatrecompany.co.uk

25 – 1 Nov    Cambridge Film Festival.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk  Read more here

26th    9.30am – 12.30pm  Kids’ Repair Cafe.  Fixing children’s games and toys.  Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org  Read more here

26 – 28th    7.30pm  Ghost Stories for Halloween.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, CB5.  http://www.nunkie.co.uk

28th    1pm  Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade.  Facebook: Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade  Read more here

Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge

 

 

 

Coming up in Cambridge …..

The River Cam will echo to the rhythmic beating of drums and splashing of oars on 8 September as the annual Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival returns, with more than forty teams battling it out along a 200 metre course, raising money for Addenbrookes Charitable Trust.  Dragon boat racing is a terrific spectator sport so head down to Fen Ditton Meadow from where you can see all the action on the water and enjoy entertainment, food trucks and a bar on the river bank.  Read more here

www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events/dragon-boat-festival

Dragon boats on the Cam
Image credit: Vanessa Barton Photography

Bridge the Gap on 9 September is a circular walk through the beautiful grounds of six Cambridge colleges, several of which are not normally open to the public.  Starting and finishing at Parker’s Piece, this annual event is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  There’ll be music and refreshments along the way, Blue Badge guides in each college to answer your questions plus entertainment, competitions and a tea tent on Parker’s Piece.  Your entry fee goes to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill to support their invaluable work in the city.  Read more here

www.arhc.org.uk/bridgethegap

Bridge the Gap Cambridge
Image credit: Sir Cam

Open Cambridge on 14 and 15 September sees the University and partner organisations across the city open their doors, offering special access to places often hidden from public view.  There’s an extensive programme of tours, talks, exhibitions and events offering captivating glimpses into Cambridge history and heritage.  Most events are free, some require pre-booking.

www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

Trinity College Cambridge

 

This post is part of September’s “New in Cambridge” column in Velvet magazine.  See more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

 

What’s on in September

Well, now we’re in to those last days of the summer holidays, there’s a distinctly autumnal nip in the air most mornings and a sort of back-to-school feeling, even for those of us who left school many moons ago.  Maybe it’s better thought of as a time for new beginnings!  Here’s the what’s on listing for September.  There’s plenty happening in the city and I’ll update through the month so do check back when you can.

All Saints Garden Cambridge
All Saints Garden

1st    12 – 4.30pm  Medieval Fair.  Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road CB5.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgeppf.org

1 – 30th    Cambridge Festival of Cycling.  Celebrating the city’s cycling culture. http://www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org  Read more here

1 – 2nd    Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Jesus Green CB5.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

1 – 2nd    Taste of Anatolia.  Films from Turkey.  Facebook: tasteofanatolia

8th    9.30am – 2pm  Queen Edith’s Share Fair and Skip Day.  Wulfstan Way shops, Wulfstan Way CB1.  Pop up moneyless market to swap and share clothes, games, books, stories, skills, home grown fruit, veg, flowers and more.  http://www.queen-ediths.info/event/8sept2018

8th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival.  River Cam, Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton CB5.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events/dragon-boat-festival  Read more here

9th    From 8.30am  Bridge the Gap.  Depart from Parker’s Piece CB1.  A circular walk through the gardens of six Cambridge colleges, raising money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.  http://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp  Read more here

9th    3 – 5pm  Jazz on Jesus Green CB5.  The Alley Cats with saxophonist Alan Barnes.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/events/jazz-and-brass-parks

11 – 29th    fig-futures.  A month of free performances, installations, film screenings and talks.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street CB3.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

14 – 15th    Open Cambridge.  http://www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

15th    9.30am – 4pm  Madingley Hall Local Food Fair, Madingley Hall CB23.  Pop up Farmers’ Market showcasing local artisan food and produce.  Free entry.  http://www.madingleyhall.co.uk/events/local-food-fair

15th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Buddhist Centre Open Day.  Tours, talks, meditation sessions and “Human Touch” photography exhibition.  38 Newmarket Road CB5.  http://www.cambridgebuddhistcentre.com

15th    10am – 5pm  All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane CB5.  Tours, history zone, quiz, textiles talk, organ recital, refreshments.  Free admission.

15th    11am – 5pm  Reading Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”.  Literature Cambridge study day.  Stapleford Granary, Cambridge CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/room-2018  Read more here

15th    1pm  Phoenix Vocal Ensemble.  Mozart, Faure and Bruckner.  Great St Mary’s Church CB2.  Free admission.

15th    7.30pm  O Quam Gloriosum.  Music for the saints by Tomas Luis de Victoria.  De Profundis, Cambridge’s all male early music vocal ensemble.  Jesus College Chapel CB5.  Tickets on the door or from bit.ly/DPSaints

15 – 16th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Festival.  Parker’s Piece CB1.  Free entry.  http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

21 – 29th    10.30am – 5pm Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale.  Pitt Building, Trumpington Street CB2.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgeoriginalprintmakers.com  Read more here

22nd    1 – 4pm  Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus.  St Andrew’s, Chesterton CB4 http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org  Read more here

22nd    7.30pm  The Academy of Great St Mary’s Orchestra.  Wagner, Brahms and Dvorak.  Great St Mary’s Church CB2.  http://www.adcticketing.com

23rd    10.30am – noon   Baby and Children’s Market.  Nearly new sales of kids’ stuff.  Cambridge Regional College CB4.  http://www.babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk

23rd    10.30am – 5pm  Milton Country Park Autumn Festival.  Milton, Cambridge CB24.  http://www.miltoncountrypark.org/autumnfestival  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 7 OCTOBER DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

25 – 27th    Sorted! Festival.  To celebrate the opening of Rising Path.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Brookside CB2  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

27 – 30th    Inspire Cambridge.  Home interest show.  Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge CB25.  http://www.inspireshows.co.uk/cambridge.html

28 – 29th    LifeLab  Celebrate science and join LifeLab investigators in events and activities exploring the latest breakthroughs and discoveries   www.camlifelab.co.uk

28 – 30th    Cambridge Art Fair.  Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge CB25.  http://www.cambridgeartfair.com

30th    Open Eco Homes.  Ten eco homes in and around Cambridge open for householder led tours.   There’s a repeat of this event on 6th October.  Free but advance booking is essential.   www.openecohomes.org

30th    7.30pm  East Anglian Chamber Orchestra.  Mozart, Strauss and Sibelius.  West Road Concert Hall CB3.  http://www.adcticketing.com

Acorns on Jesus Green Cambridge
Acorns on Jesus Green