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The new Autumn and Winter edition of the Broxbourne Arts Forum Programme covers events from September 2017 to March 2018.

Containing details of the activities of BArts' affiliated groups, as well as the events being promoted by BArts, it is available from the Spotlight, Hoddesdon, One Stop Shops, Libraries or on request from BArts' members.

Our recent Exhibition at the Spotlight Gallery, entitled "The Eye of the Beholder", in which artists and photographers explored the beauty of people and things, ran until 3rd November 2017. The next Exhibition, entitled "Fashions and Foibles" and exploring fashion and design in relation to society's current mood, attitudes and values, will run from 29th January to 9th March 2018. If you have work you would like to submit for this exhibition, please contact 01992 465383 for entry details. 

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Student Arts Awards: BArts offers grants for young people pursuing high standards in arts activities. See more details here.

See below the programme introduction from Lee Rayner.

To see a full listing of the events calendar click here.


Spring/Summer Season 2017

With a summer that has proved to be more like spring and autumn together and the increasingly wild fluctuations of the British weather in general (and British politics!) who knows what the next six months will bring?  Well, at least, perhaps, a few lively events and activities to raise your spirits. BArts’ new programme for September to March offers an alternative to the soaps, the quizzes, the political wrangling and the endless repeats on TV… (surely Morse and Midsummer Murders must be on a loop?!)  We can’t afford celebrities, but we do have a varied programme of music, live theatre - musicals, plays and pantomimes - exhibitions, lectures, discussions, themed lunches and hobbies to enjoy, plus our annual ‘Artful Badger’ open evening at the Spotlight on Wednesday Oct 11th.

Art  Exhibitions at The Spotlight: The Eye of the Beholder Sept 25th - Nov 3rd; Fashions and Foibles Jan 29th - March 9th
BArts’ exhibitions attract a number of skilled local artists and photographers and are seen by several thousand people who visit The Spotlight for an event.  Many pictures are for sale, so if you’re looking for an  original present, this could be the answer!

Watercolour Classes: Sept 19th - Nov 28th, Jan 16th - March 27th

Groups: Burford Art Group (Weds), East Herts Decorative and Fine Arts Soc. (Thurs), Hazelwood Art Group (Tues), Lea Valley Art Soc. (Weds), Lowewood Art Group (Weds), Mannamead Art Group (Weds).
Our five active art groups encourage people of different abilities to practise and improve their painting in an informal atmosphere.

Dance ‘Rhythm - Legends v Divas’ - March 3rd and 4th; Ballroom Dancing with Doreen Turner, Tues, Weds, Sat in various local venues.
Every kind of dance is covered in the regular classes of the performing arts schools.

Discussions / Talks: The three U3A groups usually have a speaker at their main monthly meetings and the Lea Valley Discussion Group meets fortnightly to focus on a particular subject or items in the news.
Subjects over the next six months include: Fake News, Huxley v Orwell, Quality of Life, Cheesemakers, Money, Shoplifting, London’s East End, Coast of Britain, Healthy Retirement, Dr. Livingstone and more… see the following programme pages.

Educational  WEA ‘Mixing With Music’ Sept 21st - Nov 30th; ‘Reading the World’, Jan 11th - March 22nd
The Workers’ Educational Association offers a different course every term of the school year, usually spread over about ten weeks and costing around £5 per session.  The three affiliated U3As (Universities of the Third Age) between them also cover a huge range of subjects to pursue during the day, just for pleasure, in the company of like-minded people.  Don’t let the word ‘university’ put you off!  All the groups are lively and informal - definitely no tests or homework and plenty of chat and laughter!

Lectures   East Herts Decorative and Fine Arts Society: ‘Art Nouveau’ Sept 28th, ‘Van Gogh’ Oct 26th, ‘The Art of Illusion’ Nov 30th, ‘Scythian Gold’ Jan 25th, ‘ Pop Art’ March 1st, ‘The Peril of Yellow’ March 29th.
If you’re interested in Art, then this is a great way to extend your knowledge and meet people.  The lectures are at The Spotlight at 10.30 am on the last Thursday in the month.

Lunches  ‘Home Sweet Home’ Sept 7th & 22nd‘Crime Does Pay!’  Nov 16th & 24th, ‘The Enigmatic Englishman’ Jan 12th & 18th, ‘Proclaiming the Man’ March 2nd & 18th.
Still going strong after sixteen years! Informal atmosphere, good food and food for thought!  Early booking advised.

Music BArts’ group members offer an alternative to the Borough’s programme of tribute bands.
Hoddesdon Music Club: Piano Recital Sept 23rd, Harlequin Chamber Choir Oct 21st, Bella Tromba Dec 2nd, Family Concert with Percussion Group Jan 20th, Pelléas Ensemble March 10th.
Hoddesdon Music Club’s annual programme includes an interesting variety of professional performances of music in the ‘classical’ style.  You don’t have to be a member to attend a concert, but membership works out cheaper over the whole year.
Three Valleys Male Voice Choir: 13 week free singing course for men from Oct 3rd; Concerts Oct 14th, Nov 25th, Dec 9th.     
The choir performs concerts for charities
My Kind of Music : Two hours of piano music FREE at The Spotlight. 12.00 - 2.00 pm. Sept 6th, Oct 4th, Nov 1st, Jan 3rd, Feb 14th, Mar 7th
Enjoy lunch, or just a glass of wine or cup of coffee, and relax with a selection of music to suit every taste - from popular classics, films and musical theatre to golden oldies and familiar ‘pop’.  Pre-Book a table. 01992 441946

Theatre  Musicals: ‘American Idiot’ Sept 21st - 23rd  ‘Elf, the Musical’ Jnr Oct 7th, 8th
Pantomime: ‘Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood’ Jan 12th - 14th & 18th - 20th; ‘Camelot’ Jan 18th - 20th
Plays: ‘Dad’s Army’ Oct 5th - 7th, ‘Stone Cold Murder’ Nov 9th - 11th
Broxbourne can boast four active amateur theatre groups, who each present two productions every year, and six theatre schools, who offer classes and workshops in every aspect of  performance, for every age group. If you’ve never tried ‘am-dram’, it can be a lot of fun, backstage as well as on stage and companies always welcome new members.  If a youngster in your family is nursing a more serious ambition to ‘tread the boards’ , then you’re guaranteed to find high quality tuition ‘on your doorstep’.  Full details in our new printed programme.  If a trip to West End theatre is more appealing , then look out for Mayhem Theatre Arts’ bargain tickets, which include coach travel.  Call 01992 465100 for up to date information.

Membership  Our Sponsors, Patrons, Friends, Affiliated Groups and Arts Active Schools make a valuable contribution to our annual programme with their subscriptions, events and support.  Subscriptions from £11 as a Friend, to £40 for Joint Patrons.  Our printed programme has two editions a year and a minimum circulation of 2,500.

Congratulations to Mayhem Theatre Arts who are taking over Goff’s Oak Village Hall in the Autumn and plan to extend community use, as well as offer classes in the performing arts and a number of new events.  The hall has a small stage, auditorium seating for 130, dressing rooms and a good kitchen.  Pay and display parking is next door.

Well done if you’ve actually read this far! The human attention span is in decline, so a lot of our attempts at publicity are wasted. We do hope that you will find something of interest in our full programme and thank you for your continuing support.

Lee Rayner, Director of Programming

Malcolm Gordon, Chairman, and the BArts’ Team


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