\  \ Thursday 18th July - 17th August 2013/  /

'Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal' 
Aid & Abet. Station Road Cambridge CB1 2JW//Thursday – Saturday 12-7pm

This exhibition, curated by Gordan Dalton, is a group exhibition of 19 UK based artists.  The show is about the obsessions, repetition, perseverance and drive needed to carry on, as an artist, or in any way of life.  This can be in subject matter or method as well as in knowing or not knowing what you are doing or where you are going.  What is the energy making you clap your little cymbal over and over, often to little attention or small reward?

This event is suitable for all ages, you can also visit their website here.

\ \ Thursday 1st August - 31st August 2013 / / 

Aid&Abet, by the Station

A presentation of prototypes that introduce Dryden Goodwin's forthcoming public artwork for CB1. WANDER consists of 100 etched steel plates laid into the paving inspired by a series of drawings collected around Cambridge by the artist. 

You can visit Goodwin's website here

\  \ Thursday 1st August – 15th September 2013 /  /

Glass Cube Project Chloe Leaper at The Drawing Cube
9 Norfolk Street, Cambridge

This summer the artist Chloe Leaper will be working in collaboration with Changing Spaces on an ‘Glass Cube’ residency project. This project will be exploring Leaper’s interest in spatial perception as an active straddling of the mental and physical realms experienced as conditions of connection, disconnection and flux. Leaper’s practice focuses on the delineation of space using 2D and 3D linear elements.

Leaper will develop an installation at the Norfolk street site from 1st August – September 6th followed by a week-long exhibition of the final installation with supporting drawings. During this time the space will be regularly open to the public aiming to demystify the making process by having the artist on hand to discuss the concepts and processes behind her practice. The space itself is fronted by a large window and is therefore continually visually accessible to the public.

For more information you can visit the Changing Spaces website here.

\  \ Saturday 3rd August - 17th August 2013 /  / 

Romsey Gardening Club- window display
Amnesty International Bookshop, Mill Road

Romsey Garden Club is the local garden club for Romsey residents, in the city of Cambridge, but you do not have to live in Romsey to become a member- the club  open to everyone. You can look at their website here.

Fine Art Photography Book for Romsey Art Festival // ongoing

Cambridge International Arts are calling for Cambridge photographers to help create a lasting legacy of the Romsey Art Festival in the form of a published book of black & white photographs.

They would like people to:

  • Attend one or more of the festival events, in particular the art walks.
  • Photograph the events attended paying particular attention to the international and cross-cultural elements of their experience
  • Submit no more than 10 black & white photographs taken during the festival via a website by a certain date.

If you are interested in being involved and in seeing your work published, please get in touch with

Panoramic: Sarah Blake 
Frameworks Window, Mill Road

Panoramic views of Cambridgeshire by Sarah Blake will be on show during the length of the Romsey Art Festival in the window of Frameworks on Mill Road. Blake captures these view of Cambridgeshire in all their diversity and glory, from fenland to chalk downs. She uses in watercolours and graphite to create these unique pieces of work.

Sarah Blake teaches art as founder of End House Arts, she also runs a regular Adult art group at the Cambridge Art Salon once a month, a friendly informal session learning and sharing art skills.

For more information on End House Arts click here.

Open Studio with Neil Christie 
Hope Street Yard // Tuesday – Friday 11am-7pm // Sat 10am-5pm Sun 11am-5pm

Neil Christie, proprietor of Makers' Gallery picture framing workshop, will be opening his sculpture and drawing studio to display works in progress alongside finished pieces. Commissions undertaken and tuition given. Neil's popular life drawing classes will resume in the autumn, so book now to avoid disappointment. Don’t miss this opportunity to see his unique work and explore his studio.

"I aim to capture the essential lines of energy within the human form to best portray passion, emotion and movement" - Neil Christie

To visit his personal website click here, and the Maker’s Gallery website here.

Romsey Mural Series with Mr Penfold
throughout Romsey

Mr Penfold  will create a series of murals across Romsey and beyond. Mr Penfold was born in the bicycle ridden city of Cambridge, UK. Growing up under 3 elder, creative brothers and artistic parents, Mr Penfold has always had a pen or brush in his hand. At the age of 18 he started working in a pub were he observed the regulars and started to draw them to pass the time. Many of the characters and features you see in his work today have some root to this time. After 3 years of pulling pints, he went on to working in his fathers print studio. 

Mr Penfold is currently working as an artist and screen printer living in Cambridge. You can visit his website here.

Two Steps Beyond with Nicholas Juett
Williams Art, Gwydir Street (opening times online)

Unique paintings in oils depicting a universal theme – to be human in 2013.

Not seen before, Nick’s recreation from pictures painted one decade ago shares with us a new take on those past colourful interiors – and an evolved painting style. These pictures reveal how as individuals we occupy space. By simply existing in it there is no need for exactness, and instead he’s painted for us a vague sense of space (holistic rather than specific). Not so new a tradition because many artists come to mind who have explored this theme, yet it warrants a revisit in 2013.

By moving away from painting his hallmark vibrant local streets towards his world of interiors, the artist offers both a smaller, less epic, and calmer representation. Once vibrant and more literal depiction of rooms painted ten years ago undergo a transformation. Smaller in scale, a blur of soft flesh-like tones capture that world – a thumbnail version, because as a mature artist he can now do this.

In these new ‘copies’ he has dispensed with the bulky old TV sets and he has also undressed the figures. Revealed are the typical ‘life class’ posed positions, an art tradition unnatural to norms of nudity (nude poses drawn observing a professional model at The Art Students League in New York, 2000.)

You can visit the WilliamsArt website here, and Juett's Open Studios page here

CamLakes Art Competition

As part of the Romsey Art Festival this August, Cambridge Art Salon and Limoncello are teaming up to run an art competition inspired by the CamLakes campaign. What might a Romsey Beach, or Cambridge Urban Park look like? No matter your 2D media of choice–illustration, drawings, doodles, paintings, inks, manga–they’ll be displayed in Limoncello for the duration of the festival. Interested artists please contact

Sa’adiah Khan and Hugh Chapman of the Cambridge Map Project are offering workshops to help you develop your inner artist and express it in a way that can be real or imaginary, futuristic, historial, utopian, or socially aware. The next one will be held on July 21st. More details will be posted on all the usual social media spots.

\  \ Saturday 3rd August 2013 /  / 

Romsey Women Photoshoot with Ruthie Collins
Cambridge Art Salon// 10am
30/40 women in the area to gather at 10am, for a photoshoot as part of a year long Inspirational Women project with Romsey Mill, led by teenage girls and writer Ruthie Collins, promoting positive female role models in the community in a text and art show for 2014.

For more information about Ruthie Collins click here.

Hope Street Yard Arts and Crafts Market 
Hope Street Yard // 10am - 3pm

An exciting little market area of 10 stalls showcasing the work of local artists and craftspeople. Buy or commission handmade items and fine art here! You can also see the work of two local artists (Neil Christie and John Clark) who both have studios in the yard that will be open to the public.Suitable for all ages.

The deadline is now closed, participating artists have been contacted. 

Open Studio with Susie Olczak

Studio 53a St Phillips Road, Cambridge,CB1 3DA // 10-5pm


Susie Olczak will be in her studio for the day during the festival on Saturday August 3rd. She will be showing sculptures and images of her work and talking/giving demos about how she works and the projects she has done. This event is suitable for all ages. For more information on Susie Olczak, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at

Open Studio with Harry Gray
@ Studio 53a St Phillips Road, Cambridge,CB1 3DA // 10-5pm

Harry Gray will be in his studio for the day during the festival on Saturday August 3rd. He will be showing sculptures and images of their work and talking about his studio work and public art projects. This event is suitable for all ages. 

You can find Harry’s website here as well as on Twitter.

Cambridge Cinema Shorts - Short Film Screenings
@ Romsey Labour Club // 11am -12 / / 2-3pm

11 – 12.00  - Children's Programme // Suitable for 6 year up
2:00– 3:00pm  -Short Films Programme// 15 years +
"We are a group of people with a passion for Short Films. Based in Cambridge we have been showing both local and international short films at our Strawberry Shorts Film Festival and at a host of other local venues since 2001.

Short films, because of their time and budget restraints, are often honed to the essence of film making, pared down to produce exquisite jewels of the craft, cut and polished until a couple of minutes of no budget short can outshine the latest 3D Hollywood blockbuster.

They come in bite sized chunks and are easily digestible so please do come inside for a taste. We promise you will not be disappointed and it could be the start of a passion that will brighten your life."  You can visit their website here for more information. 

Marblous Art Open Studio

96 Catharine Street, Cambridge CB1 3AR // 10am - 4pm

Visitors will be able to visit Manuela Hübner’s open studio, see original artwork where it is created, meet the artist and purchase original collages and marbled images as well as marbled cards, picture frames and paper.

“Marbling contains an element of unpredictability and surprise – fantastical, beautiful and sometimes whimsical shapes and patterns appear and inspire images that draw you into the magical world of fairy-tales and the child inside... I love everything that looks irregular, uneven, organic, worn, imperfect and somewhat haphazard – just like us humans whether we like it or not.”

You can find Manuela’s website here and her Open Studio page here.

The Blue Moon Café
The Black Cat Café, Mill Road // 11am

LifeCraft writers and Mrs Saltbrigg present a collection of theatre pieces created as part of the national Time To Change Project. This project aims to challenge discrimination against people with mental health problems and enable speaking out about lived experience of these illnesses.

Mrs Saltbrigg runs the Blue Moon café she cares for all her customers, goths, dreamers, poets, the despairing, and proper bohemian artists. All are welcome. Music, poetry, performance and visual art based and created around an important issue.

For more information on LifeCraft click here, and for Time To Change Project information click here.

Drink and Draw: YOUR FACE
Hope Street Yard, 12-4pm

Drink and Draw is a fortnightly social event for artists in Cambridge, held at Hot Numbers Coffee, just off Mill Road. They have a different drawing theme each time and also have group day trips and exhibitions. The group is open to all levels of ability and is very informal. It is described as having ‘a nice vibe’.

This event sees a number of Drink and Draw artists, who share a liking for portraiture, come together to create a portrait troupe. Groups of artists are often seen working together in tourist traps in capital cities throughout Europe – think for example, of Montmartre and the artists’ square. Drink and Draw: YOUR FACE hopes to bring this idea to Cambridge.

A group of artists who met each other at the regular local art social 'Drink and Draw' at Hot Numbers Coffee will be working on live portraits together in Hope Street Yard. If you want to get a portrait done, why not pop down? Prices start at £15.

Suitable for all ages. For more information on Drink & Draw click here.

Junction University: Bento Workshop
 The Junction, Clifton Road, Cambridge // 12-3pm

The Bento Workshop is a chance to get creative and put together a masterpiece – using food rather than pen and paper. A chance to learn the basics of assembling a Japanese-style lunch and the traditional range of products that go into it. Apples made into rabbits, an octopus cut out of sausage, or a rice ball made into a cute character – the possibilities really are endless. No previous cooking experience is required – just turn up and join in the fun!

The session is led by Cambridge based manga artist Laura Watton-Davies.

Join manga artist Laura Watton-Davies for the Bento Workshop – where food meets art, and your lunch box can be your canvas! Discover the Japanese art of character bento – turning ordinary lunchtime foods into adorable characters that look too cute to eat. No previous cooking experience required – everyone is welcome!

Part of Cambridge Junction’s Junction University – more courses in the autumn!

This event is suitable for ages 16+, younger if accompanied by an adult. For more information click here. Tickets are selling fast!

Toys That Make Noise 
Cambridge Art Salon // 12 - 2pm
Age 0-4 Babies and toddlers welcome to come and play with their toys, to have bleeps, sirens and samples turned into electronic music with Art Salon associate artist Lee Hyde. This is also combined with a special meet up for creative parents, with the Cambs branch of Mothers Meeting.

You can visit the Mothers Meeting website here

Light Up Your Dreams 
Hope Street Yard // 12 – 3pm

Come and join us in the back courtyard to take part in an Art Workshop led by Local Artists. You don't have to be an artist, your piece may only take you 2 minutes to make, or take two hours to create a masterpiece! The choice is yours! The lanterns made will feature in as part of an installation to close the Festival on 17th Aug at a Shindig at St Phillips Church, Mill Road.

The best thing about it? Its completely FREE to take part so why not?! See you there! Check out the Facebook event here.

The Wilderbase Project with TJ kids-  open day
Vinery Road allotments // 1-3 pm

The Wilderbase project is aimed at children, young people, families and adult groups who want to get involved in a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures. Activities include shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, team building, creative arts and other outdoor activities all based in a natural environment.

The Wilderbase has been designed and built with the help of local children, young people and volunteers and has a number of planting boxes which already have produced some fine vegetables, herbs and flowers. Staff are trained at level 3 and level 2 in Forest School delivery along with Specialised Outdoor First Aid.

Come and see them on Vinery Road and see how you can get involved! You can contact TJ kids for more information by emailing

CB1 Gallery Walk
Meeting at Cambridge Art Salon, Cromwell Road // 2-4pm

A walking tour of contemporary art venues of the Mill Road area. A tour guide will meet the group at Cambridge Art Salon, and will then escort visitors to each venue; Williams Art, Aid and Abet and ending up at the Ruskin Gallery. The tour will be met by a host or the Director/s at each art venue who will give a brief 10-15 minute introduction of the current exhibition with 5 minutes of time for a Q & A session. This walk is the first of a wider series of Cambridge Art Walks that will cover further arts spaces in the city covered on the Cambridge Art Walks Map.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased through or bought from Cambridge Art Salon on the day of the tour. Special Romsey Art Festival price of £5. This event is suitable for ages 16+.

Create your fanzine with Aurora Cacciapuoti
Cambridge Art Salon, Cromwell Road // 2-5pm

During this family event, the group will be led create small fanzines, adults and children together, to create a sort of family magazine. The idea is to get inspired and creative, to create something that can be kept as a family treasure or photocopied and shared with friends. This event welcome people between the ages of 7 to 100! Children must be accompanied by their parents. The workshop is for up to 15 people, so come early to avoid disappointment! 

You can visit Aurora’s website here.

Creative Writing Workshop with Patrick Widdess
The Bath House, Gwydir Street // 2-5pm

This workshop will encourage participants to look at the world around them in new and creative ways.  There will be a series of writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing and participants will have time to explore the surrounding area and work on their own writing.

Patrick Widdess is an experienced writer and tutor. He is a regular at local poetry events and sometimes performs further afield. He promotes poetry and spoken word on his Cambridge 105 show Headstand.

In June 2013 he represented Cambridge in the Hammer and Tongue National Final team slam with Fay Roberts, Leanne Moden and Hollie McNish. He also reached the final of the individual slam in 2012.

This event is suitable for ages 16+, you can visit Patricks website here.

Swop and Roll
Cambridge Art Salon, Cromwell Road // 2-4pm

Join in our glam CLOTHES SWOP, makeovers and catwalk gallery shots! Keeping textiles out of landfill! The ‘Mobile Salon’ will include fashion items, workshop activities, clothes swopping facilities and waste textile containers. Events are hosted by styling gurus, BeverleyHils!. ‘Eco tokens’ are given in return for textiles, which can be exchanged for pre-loved clothes or up-cycling workshops. An in-house photo booth will enable ‘glammed-up’ visitors to see themselves on our Facebook site to share upcyling tips and more! The Mobile Eco-Fashion Salon and workshop space
will encourage donating/buying used clothes. We offer lots of stylish items and display information about reducing, reusing and recycling. 

This event is suitable for all ages. For more information on the group running this event, Oblique, click here for their website and here for their Facebook page. 

Walking Paths 
with Elise Nuding
5:45 - 6:30pm //  6:45- 7:30pm @ the corner of Mill Road & McKenzie Road

This site-adaptive duet explores walking patterns that synch and unsynch, with odd, not-so-pedestrian encounters that play out as events unfold. It occurs alongside a wall, and involves two performers and sticks of sidewalk chalk. Designed as an hour long durational work that will be performed twice, audience members can stay for as long as they like, or choose just to pass by on their way to another event. Blending into and emerging from everyday pedestrian activity, this work reframes dance as pedestrian activity and pedestrian activity as dance. It lets relationships, both intentional and unintentional, unfold between the performers, the space, and passers-by, and leaves a trace of its happening in the form of chalk lines on the pavement.

This site-adaptive dance work explores walking patterns that synch and unsynch, with odd, not-so-pedestrian encounters that play out as events unfold. Walking Paths explores the manifold relationships that can arise from this simple pedestrian act. 

For more information you can email Elise at or follow her on Twitter.

Local - by Elizabeth Eade
Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden // 6pm 

An exhibition in the artists’ local pub which will be showing a humorous selection of beermats, prints and paintings dealing with existential and surreal themes. 

In this collection Elizabeth Eade has been examining the ideas of making strange and surrealism - the pieces vary from broken down images of ballet dancers to more graphic pieces using text. Monochrome features strongly in this show.

Romsey Poets 
CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road // doors @ 7:30pm
Main event 8 - 10pm
Tickets on the door: £3 waged/£2 unwaged

Join some of Romsey's most exciting writers as they traverse the boundaries of language, meaning, poetry and performance art. Expect a passionate, surreal, puzzling and occasionally hilarious start to your Saturday night...

Our compere, Patrick Widdess, will bring his distinctive brand of surrealism to the evening, as well as introducing our two featured poets: Ian Patterson and Rychard Carrington. Ian Patterson is a poet, writer, translator, fellow in English at Queens' College, Cambridge, and former bookseller.

Performance poet Rychard Carrington is 90% water. He is popular in the east and west, but not so popular in the north and south. Patrick Widdess is presenter of the Headstand poetry show on Cambridge 105 radio.

A number of short Open Mic slots will be available for new voices in experimental and risk-taking poetry. For those wishing to delve further into the world of the Cambridge avant-garde, there will be a bookstall showcasing vital and challenging new work from local poets and publishers.

Open mic slots will be available for anyone wishing to present experimental, risk-taking or avant-garde poetry. To guarantee a slot, participants can book in advance by contacting – slots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

It’s not a Cardie’ with Helen Judge and Cathy Dunbar
Six Bells Pub, 11 Covent Garden / 8.30-10.30pm

A fun, site inspired short film bringing the busy knitting hands of the Six Bell’s knitting group to the outside of the pub by Helen Judge and Cathy Dunbar. The pair filmed the knitting hands of 15 members of the 6 Bells Knitting group. From the footage they created a short looped film, this will be projected onto the outside of the pub during the evenings of the festival. The film loop was initially included in a bigger installation, which was part of the Knitters Arms at Strawberry Fair this year.

For more information visit their website here, you can also sample some of the video here.

\  \ Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August /  /

Artists of Argyle Street Housing Co-op
3 Fletchers Terrace, off Argyle Street //1.30pm to 7.30 pm

Paintings, prints and digital art, including moving image and audio visual works, all produced by residents of the Argyle Street Housing Co-operative.

Tin Box Theatre
The Empress //  3rd August: 7:30pm // 4th August : 1:30pm

Tin Box is a Birmingham based theatre company founded by Directors Jo Gleave and Jo Newman. Together with a team of collaborators they create theatre that explores inventive uses of storytelling, visual theatre and site-specific performance.

You can visit their website here

\  \ Sunday 4th August /  /

Futurecity Seminar with Future City
Hot Numbers, Gwydir Street // 3-5pm

Parallel to the Marque development on Hills Road, Futurecity are leading a project with Hills Road sixth form architecture and art students. The project offers the students the chance to see how a public art project develops through each stage and the opportunity to develop a project of their own.

Students from Hills Road and representatives from Futurecity will be at Hot Numbers on Gwydir Street between 3 and 5pm on Sunday August 4th to talk about their project on a drop in basis. Please join us for a coffee and to ask lots of questions about the work we are doing.

For more information you can visit their Tumblr here and their website here.

 \ \ Saturday 4th - 7th August / / 

The Map Project with Hugh Chapman & Sa'adiah Khan
Cambridge Art Salon //Sunday 4th -Wednesday 7th: 12-5pm. 

The Map Project is a community arts project for Cambridge running throughout 2013, bringing together a diverse group of participants to collaborate on a collage of artwork inspired by East Cambridge. Come along to see the unique artwork created and contribute your own ideas and artwork. Artwork can be inspired by buildings/nature/characters/cultural issues/socio-economic issues - whatever matters to you and is local!

You can also get involved in the project before the festival. Check out their website here for more info or get in touch at

\  \ Tuesday 6th August /  /

Drink & Draw No.20 : "Collabradoodle"

Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge // 7-9pm

Artist Sa'adiah Khan will he hosting this Drink & Draw event, the aim will be to challenge ideas of control and restraints in art through play. Bring along your preferred art materials (pens, pencils, paints, etc.) on the evening.

Dr Doodley's Drink & Draw is a free and friendly event for local artists (and anybody who likes drawing) to meet up, share ideas, talk and draw, or make things. A sort of social, with some drawings attached. For more information on other Drink & Draw events click here

Independent Cambridge
Urban Larder, Mill Road // 6:30 - 8:30 pm

In 2010, the think tank New Economics Foundation voted Cambridge ‘number one clone town’, with a city centre full of bland national chainstores. Anne Prince, together with Andrew Houston and Steve Linford are 3 local residents and avid supporters of independent shops, so decided to tell the other side of the story by forming their own independent publishing company and producing ‘Independent Cambridge’, a guide to the many wonderful independent businesses in Cambridge.

Anne Prince, editor of the book, will share their story, their vision for Cambridge’s future and their ideas for how to help bring this about.    

This will be of interest if you like discovering and supporting the wonderful ‘indies’ in Cambridge, are interested in how to promote a more local sustainable future, or dream of publishing your own work.

For more information, you can visit the books website here, watch a video about the idea here and find them on Facebook here!

‘The Road’ a local portrait
6th August  // 10-12pm @ Otto’s Café // 2-4pm @ Urban Larder
7th August // 10- 1pm // 1:30- 5pm @ Frameworks
12th August // 7pm @ The Empress
14th August // 1:30- 5:30pm @ Frameworks
15th August // 2 – 5pm @ Maker's Gallery

“The Road” is a short film about Mill Road by Edward Jenkins and John Caldwell. This diverse community creates an atmosphere different from most other places.  The film sets out to express this with the inclusion of a number of  local shopkeepers on the soundtrack.  Wherever it's shown, it will provide a pleasant background to events at the Festival.  

This short film is suitable for all ages and 4 minutes long. You can watch a preview of this short film here and Edward Jenkins YouTube Channel here

\  \ Wednesday 7th August /  /

Community Lover’s Guide to Cambridge: Meet up
CB1 Café, Mill Road Cambridge // 7pm to 9pm

A celebration of the Cambridge edition of the Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe. A showcase of ideas or ways of working which demonstrate how people, by being resourceful and creative are making and shaping the places where they live and spend time, creating new social spaces or encouraging new connections.Check out the wonderful stories captured so far onlinethen come along to CB1 to meet some great people involved in making them happen. This is an event to celebrate the creative and collaborative grass routes activities or projects people have carried out together in Cambridge, share ideas and make new connections. if you are interesting in coming along (so we
have an idea on numbers) or to find out more!

                    \ \ Thursday 8th - 14th  August / / 

General Synopsis - Peter Sutton & Andrew Coleman
Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road

'Sea eroded memories and a whale...'

Peter Sutton and Andrew Coleman present an audio-visual installation on August 8th, 6.30pm at the Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Rd, CB1 3EB. The evening will also host a networking event from Cambridge City Council's Cambridge Art Network (CAN) for artists living and working in Cambridge. There will be drinks provided.

\ \ Thursday 8th August / / 

Cambridge Arts Network - Networking reception and talk

Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road // 6 - 8pm

CAN members and non-members are exclusively invited to join Cambridge Art Salon for the launch of a new installation in their gallery by contemporary artist Peter Sutton.  Artist, photographer and Cambridge Art Salon trustee Mark Woods-Nunn will also welcome guests with a talk on how art in the community can uplift, provoke dialogue and inspire. There will also be the opportunity to network with community arts professionals in the Cambridge community. Drinks will be provided, to find out about Cambridge Art Salon go to

\  \ Monday 12th August /  /

Poetry at the Empress
The Empress, Thoday Street //  7pm

Poetry Reading with Joanne Limburg, Clare Crossman and Time To change Writers from LifeCraft. Special event with regular Empress poets, hosted by Tom Sheerin and Dodie Carter. Open Mic also available, this event is suitable for ages 16+. 

\ \ Friday 16th August / / 

Rebel Spring
Romsey Labour Club // 8pm 

On Friday the 16th of August, Rebel Arts will be a presenting their event ‘ Rebel Spring’ – this will be a night of world music taking place at the Romsey Labour Club. The time is yet to be confirmed but will be updated soon.

You can visit the Rebel Arts website here

\  \ Saturday 17th August /  /

Love Letters to Strangers with Clare Crossman and Ellie Clark
Otto Café, Mill Road // 2 - 4pm

It’s not the kind of thing you normally write to a complete stranger but such an act can have profound effects on the writer and recipient.  Take this opportunity to contemplate and create an impact on a neighbour who you might have previously considered to be a stranger. Leave your mobiles, smart phones, laptops and other electrical devices at the door and join Clare and Ellie at Otto Café to pen a note.

Your notes will be hidden in public places for others to find after the festival has finished. This event is suitable for all ages.

SHINDIG // Romsey Arts Festival Special
St Philips Church // 8.00- 11pm 

Photo by Neil Plumb

Held in the beautiful community space of St Philip's Church Centre, the show will feature contributions from numerous voices, talents, and personalities, harnessed into a two-part theatre of music and film. Led by Toby Peters and Laura McGarrigle, the narrative arc of the performance will be built from a series of collaborative rehearsals, documented by photography and film in the run-up to the event. A number of guest performers will also feature – full line-up will be announced in due time.

SHINDIG is a multi-disciplinary night of alternative music, alternative art and alternative entertainment. Born out of boredom and disenchantment with the typical “3-band gig” format, the events have been running over a year, which has seen a number of exciting performances that have spanned almost all mediums – from spoken word to film, from interactive art to dance. It is a place for collaboration, community, and discovery. We are honoured to craft a tailor-made show for the first Romsey Art Festival. This event now include a screening of Ed Jenkins' short film 'The Road', click here to see a clip. 

Please note this event is not suitable for children under the age of 16, for more information you can visit their website here.