Poke The Muse – new session details

With thanks to Gwanwyn for a grant to help celebrate their fesival of creativity in older age, TAPE Community Arts Centre is offering two afternoon workshops on 9th and 16th May, as part of their Poke the Muse group sessions.

Aiming to offer a creative ‘oasis’, whatever your experience or skill,  these sessions offer the opportunity to work in a relaxed setting with materials on hand to explore portraiture in writing or art. You are free to work individually of course but we also hope people will have a go at collaborating to draw out each other’s stories in image and word.  There will be plenty of inspiration and guidance, if required.

On hand too, will be pencils, pens, paper, paints, rollers, stamps and other materials to use as you wish.  Participants will be invited to submit artwork or writing developed during and after the event, for inclusion in a collection of outcomes and a month long exhibition which will open during the Gwanwyn Festival week.

People are too used to thinking, talking or portraying themselves in an apologetic way.  These sessions will invite you to  poke your apologetic self in the ribs and take time out to have fun, surprise yourself and to celebrate what you love about yourself and your life!

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

Gwan cym

Gwan Eng

Conwy Community Podcast in the North Wales Pioneer

The Conwy Community Podcast has gone from strength to strength since its relaunch this year, with several special guests and listeners from around the globe.

This week, the podcast features in the North Wales Pioneer, with a very complimentary article.

Well done to everyone involved in the production of the Conwy Community Podcast – your hard work is certainly paying off.cropped

If you would like to download a larger version of the article, please click here

Don’t forget, you can access our podcast via Podbean here or you can download all of our episodes via iTunes.

If you would like to get involved in the creation Conwy Community Podcast, or if you are an organisation that would like to feature in one of our episodes, please contact us on 01492 512 109 or email us at info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk

TAPE is now listed on the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema site!

TAPE Community Music and Film is now officially registered with the BFI as a community cinema!

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema is part of the BFI’s Film Forever programme. It aims to bring new film experiences to communities across the UK, no matter where they live. This website is the online home of BFI Neighbourhood Cinema. All community cinemas are welcome to register their cinema to join the nationwide BFI Neighbourhood Cinema community.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 09.23.17

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema supports new and established community cinemas all over the UK.

For many people in the UK, regular access to a cinema isn’t possible. There are many reasons why this might be – from living in a remote place, to the nearest cinemas being too expensive or not showing the films everyone wants to watch.

To help bring a cinema experience to more people, BFI Neighbourhood Cinema supports people in launching and sustaining community cinemas: regular film screenings in spaces such as community centres, village halls, or even local pubs.

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema is part of the British Film Institute’s Film Forever programme, which aims to boost the UK film industry through funding, education and bringing greater choice to audiences.

Working closely with organisations such as Cinema For All and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), their aim is to ensure that every person in the UK can access film screenings near them.

Head on over to http://www.bfi.org.uk/neighbourhoodcinema/tape-community-music-and-film to view our page on the BFI website.

Rhyl Reflections at the Fair

Another week and another leap forward in progress with the latest installment of Rhyl Reflections.

This week we focussed on the lovely Jean Sedgewick, who we have previously worked with on the project when we interviewed her about her personal memories of Rhyl.

DSC00408

Our location was the magnificent Tir Prince funfair – somewhere that Jean and her family have always had connections with.

We had around 10 of the Rhyl Reflections team out with us during our session.

DSC00400-1

Jean talks about her fond memories of living and working on the fair – such as elephants being washed in the sea by the visiting circus – something you certainly wouldn’t see today!

Jean even recanted memories of Bob Monkhouse himself gracing the nightclubs in the area!

Jean’s piece goes on to recall the ‘tricks of the fair trade’ – and how patrons were ‘gently encouraged’ to participate in the fair games!

And to top it off, Jean explains how her husbands family trained animals for a living – including a bear that went on to find movie stardom  in the US.

This weeks session really was a special one – thanks to everyone who came along and offered their time and skills to help film this wonderful segment of the Rhyl Reflections film.

A big thank you to Adam Williams and his team at Tir Prince Fun Park for their hospitality.

DSC00398

Huge thanks, as always, to Linda Hurst for her fab photos on the set!


Rhyl Reflections is a project run by TAPE in collaboration with Denbighshire Communities First.  We welcome all who wish to take part, regardless of ability,  whether it be in front of the camera, or behind, learning skills on set.

We have some wonderful words from those involved this week:

Fantastic interview with Jean and some amazing stories shared.
-John Edwards

It was a new experience for me, filming in somewhere like a fair, and one that I really enjoyed!
– Mark Jackson

I got some new and interesting shots, which is building up experience for me.  I’m really loving learning the camera techniques -and Jean’s stories are like gold dust!
– Stuey Jones

Where do I start?  I get really nervous, so asking the questions has helped me improve my confidence.  I find Jeans stories fascinating and I enjoyed being able to ad-lib some of the questions during the interview.
– Paula Jones

If you would like to get involved with Rhyl Reflections, check us out over on Facebook, or contact us via email: neil@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk or call us on 01492 512 109

DSC00293

DSC00322

DSC00416-001

Further Poke The Muse sessions

IMG_2496

Following the success of the first series of sessions, we can confirm that Dee Rivaz will be returning for a further two more of the Poke The Muse sessions.

The additional Poke The Muse will run on:

Monday 9th May

Monday 16th May

and an exhibition of the work produced will run from the 27th May 2016.

More information to follow soon.

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

 

Edward Evers-Swindell’s ‘Dark Signal’ to premiere this month

From St Asaph director Edward Evers-Swindell, and co-writer Antony Jones from Buckley, Dark Signal is a horror movie inspired by the amazing North Wales scenery.  Production of the film was kept entirely in Wales, with many local landmarks to be spotted in the film – although the majority of the movie is filmed on a farm in Ruabon.

The film sees a stranded woman team up with the staff of a local radio station in order to solve the mystery surrounding a young girls murder.

The UK premiere of Dark Signal opens it’s doors on April 21 at Cineworld Broughton, followed by a second UK screening at London’s O2 on 19th May 2016.  This will be the first time the final cut of the film will have been screened to the public since the initial test screening here at TAPE back in 2014.

Dark Signal will be released on 30th May 2016 and will be available on DVD and digital download.

Edward Evers-Swindell will be signing posters at Wales Comic-Con in Wrexham this Saturday (23rd & 24th May) alongside cast members James Cosmo and Gareth David Lloyd.

Record your Podcast with us

tape_conwycommunity_PRINT

Are you looking to branch out into podcasting?  Do you already have a podcast? Are you looking to push your podcasting further and need access to professional and up-to-date recording equipment?

Then we at TAPE can help.

Our sound engineers and technicians have a wealth of experience and can help and advise as much or as little as you would like to make sure you achieve the quality and production that your podcast deserves.

We not only have professional recording facilities, we can also help you edit your podcast and even work with you to market your work.

We already help several podcasters produce their work – come visit our centre in Old Colwyn, North Wales and see how our facilities can benefit your podcast and your podcasting experience.

Email us at info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk with your enquiry, or call us on 01492 512 109


 

Podcast WEB

Conwy Community Podcast – a Worldwide Hit!

tape_conwycommunity_PRINT

It’s month three of our Conwy Community Podcast, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic with the reception it has received.

We have been carefully monitoring the statistics of the downloads, and we are pleased to announce that the podcast has had almost a thousand hits, and we have listeners from all over the world, from countries as far as the United States, and our neighbours in France and Germany.

Thank you everyone for all your continued support, and a huge well-done to all those involved in the Conwy Community Podcast!

If you haven’t already listened in, you can access our podcast via Podbean here or you can download all of our episodes via iTunes.

If you would like to get involved in the creation Conwy Community Podcast, or if you are an organisation that would like to feature in one of our episodes, please contact us on 01492 512 109 or email us at info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk


tape_conwycommunity_PRINT

 

Filming an Introduction – Rhyl Reflections

The latest installment of the Rhyl Reflections production saw Roy Turner back in front of the camera as the team filmed the introduction piece to the film.

We previously saw Roy recant a memory of Rhyl from his childhood, but this time he presented a piece which will be used to introduce the Rhyl Reflections film.

The location was carefully selected, and filming took place on the bridge adjacent to the Children’s Village, chosen as it overlook Rhyl High Street.

12948415_10209583827260915_596403025_o

12959274_10209583796540147_263590563_o

Those involved in the Rhyl Reflections production we able to participate in camera operation, sound recording and chose the questions and subject matter that were discussed on film.

A successful session – thanks to all who participated.

12962623_10209583823260815_1133103173_o

 


If you are interested in the history of Rhyl , or have an interest in film-making, and you would like to help us make a film about the area in the 40s, 50s and 60s then come and join us as we put together this production.

Come along to one of our friendly sessions on Marsh Road in Rhyl – everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required.  You will get to try your hand at all aspects of film-making, learn more about Rhyl, and be part of a great team working on an ongoing project.

The group meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl.

Episode 3 of the Conwy Community Podcast with ITV presenter Rob Shelley

Episode three of the Conwy Community Podcast is now available to listen to via iTunes or Podbean.
In this episode, we speak to ITV Wales presenter, Rob Shelley.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has listened and downloaded the podcast.
Stayed tuned for episode #4!
If you would like to get involved in the creation Conwy Community Podcast, or if you are an organisation that would like to feature in one of our episodes, please contact us on 01492 512 109 or email us at info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk