Poke The Muse/Procio ‘r Awen is back for June

Poke the Muse is back throughout June, and this months theme is poetry and art.

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Prompts will be available for inspiration should you wish to use them, but everyone is encouraged to work on their own projects at their own speed and however they wish.

As always, creativity is encouraged in a unique, relaxing and supportive atmosphere with likeminded folk.

Work produced during the sessions will be exhibited – should you so wish.

The dates for the June Poke the Muse sessions are:

Monday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The session on Monday 13th June is a special workshop featuring Carol Downes, exploring the works of Paul Klee and how poetry can influence art.
The session will involve listening and reading the poetry provided and responding to this visually, then converting the image to a Batik (Wax resist method on fabric).

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Sessions are £1 contribution per person – refreshments are available at 50p each.  booking is essential as places are limited.

For more details or to book your place, please contact Dee on 07982 709621 or via email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

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TAPE collaborate with Flintshire Sorted

Flintshire Sorted  – the young peoples drug and alcohol service based in Flintshire have been working in collaboration with TAPE as we create our third film together.

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Our previous film centered around issues young people face with regards to binge drinking – this film is still being used throughout schools and youth organisations throughout Flintshire as a successful resource.

Flintshire Sorted approached us again, but this time to produce a film about marijuana misuse, to be screened in schools and youth clubs.
Together, we worked with a group of young people to support them as they worked on all aspects of the film to produce the final outcome – ‘Beth’s Story’.

‘Beth’s Story’ premiered last week, and the new film is now going to be used as a resource for young people all across Flintshire.

As a result of the project, the lead actress Hannah, and her co-star Jordan both appeared in roles on the feature film British Winters (set to premiere this November at The Coastline Film Festival) and Hannah has also taken part in voice acting for a national advertising campaign recorded here at TAPE.

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Well done to all who were involved in the creation of Beth’s Story.  You all did an amazing job.

For more information about Flintshire Sorted or Beth’s Story, or if you are interested in screening this film at your school or youth project, please contact Flintshire Sorted on: Tel: 01352 703490 or Nicky.Evans@flintshire.gov.uk

Episode #4 of the Conwy Community Podcast is out now!

Episode #4 – Rob Knowles

The 4th episode of the Conwy Community Podcast is now available for download, and this months special guest is Welsh Government Regeneration Officer, Rob Knowles.

We would like to thank everyone around the world who has downloaded the podcast and we hope that you enjoy listening to it.
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Thank you from everyone on the Podcast Team at TAPE Community Music and Film in Old Colwyn.
~ Craig, Barbara, Ian R, Connor, Sheila, Debbie, Julia, Dave, Ian T and Steve
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NWREN and TAPE film at the top of Snowdon

This week, the TAPE team have been quite literally up a mountain, as we work with the North Wales Race Equality Network (NWREN) and The Minority Elders Advocacy Project (MEEA) to help film a music video to promote the organisation.

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64 members of the group from all across North Wales – plus TAPE crew – hopped on the train to the top of Snowdon to take part in performance of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ – right on the mountaintop.

The music video is being filmed at various locations across North Wales, having already been filmed in Llangollen and Llandudno.  We previously scouted Snowdon in October in order to choreograph the space and the time at the summit, as well as to plan the camera positions.

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During this session, unfortunately we we forced to revise some of the angles due to unforeseen heavy fog (typical as it was glorious sunshine the day previous!), but we got some great shots and we were delighted with the results.

North Wales is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes, and it is always fun to work on a project that incorporates some of the beauty of the area that we have right on our doorsteps – even more so in a fun and exciting way!

Wonderful quote about the experience from Belinda at NWREN:

Great day yesterday! Thank you to Snowdon Mountain Railway, TAPE Community Music & Film, Lisa Spaull Choreography, Suzette Smart Textiles Artist and all the 64 NWREN MEEA Project beneficiaries who came along to take part in our North Wales version of Pharrell’s Happy video yesterday!

We came from across the North Wales region – Happy Choirs from Gwynedd, Flintshire and Wrexham all converged on Llanberis to take the Snowdon Mountain Railway up to the Summit of Snowdon, or Eryri (The Eagle’s nest) as it is known in Wales.

It was an inter-cultural and inter-generational event, with people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, many braved their fear of heights, difficulties in walking, vision impairements to play their part in what turned out to be a fantastic day.

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We hope all those who took part had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to sharing the finished results with the world!

Well done everyone!

Special thanks to Tom Ellis who took photos and filmed an on-set mini vLog.

The North Wales Race Equality Network have a website and a Facebook page if you would like some more information about the amazing things that they do in the North Wales area.

Stay posted for the video release in the not-so-distant future!

Rhyl Reflections at The Grand Hotel, Llandudno

This weeks session of Rhyl Reflections took us to THE GRAND HOTEL in Llandudno, where our special guests Derek and Doreen were staying.

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Derek and Doreen came to Rhyl from Horden – a village in County Durham – which was a mining village until the closure of the Horden Colliery. Derek worked down the mines right up until they closed in 1987.

Derek and Doreen visited Rhyl in 1966 where they stayed at the Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp on Marsh Road – which coincidentally is the very road where our partners Communities 1st are now based.

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Both shared their fond memories of how clean and pleasant Rhyl was, and how posh they though the area was!  They told us of memories of their visits to the fair, of swimming in the swimming pool on the Holiday Camp – something which their 18 month old son would try to do whilst fully clothed within an hour of their arrival in Rhyl!

Other memories included enjoying the lively on-site entertainment and of seeing the many steam trains arrive and leave Rhyl, full of holiday makers – and how the train drivers would toot their whistle to the delight of the on looking children.

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Derek and Doreen remember the on-site entertainment team keeping the guests up-to-date with the 1966 World Cup Knock-Out rounds, and how they listened to the final on the coach back home – a happy memory indeed as it was the year England beat Germany to win their one and only World Cup.

In 1986, Doreen and Derek moved to Llandudno – something they would have never done had it not been for their visit to Rhyl 20 years earlier – which opened their eyes to how different life in Rhyl could be from the current life they were leading.

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A huge thank you to Derek and Doreen for sharing their wonderful memories of Rhyl with us.
Also, massive thanks to the folk at The Grand in Llandudno for allowing us to film on site – such a beautiful building.
And as always, thank you to the Rhyl Reflections team for all your hard work as we push on with the project.

The lovely photos are courtesy of Linda Hurst.

Animal Magic with The Alzheimers Society at TAPE

Starting 26th May and running every Thursday till 30th June 2016, The Alzheimers Society will hold a new group here at TAPE – Animal Magic.

Come join us for a cuppa and watch a variety of animal programs from back in the day.

The group open to people with dementia and their carers.

Animal Magic is free of charge, but booking is essential as places are limited.

To book a place or for more information call 01352 700 717 or email TSNNorthwales@alzheimers.org.uk

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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