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ART FIX: An unlikely friendship takes centre stage

ART FIX: An unlikely friendship takes centre stage

Friday 16 February 2024

ART FIX: An unlikely friendship takes centre stage

Friday 16 February 2024


The UK’s leading full-mask theatre company are set to return to Jersey next week with the story of an unlikely friendship, where acceptance, understanding and love find their way to centre stage.

Every weekend, Express presents a selection of exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here's this week's offering...

Boy on the Roof

The award-winning Vamos Theatre company is set to return to the Jersey Arts Centre next week with their new show, Boy on the Roof.

The play was created through Community Conversations across the UK – gathering people’s experiences of ADHD, loneliness, aging, hearing loss, connection, and community.

At 73 Cooper Street, Brian Baxter wishes his son wasn’t so irritating. Liam Baxter can’t sit still, he’s disruptive at school and chaotic at home. As for Liam, he just wishes someone understood him.

Three doors down, Albert keeps himself to himself, sticks to his routines. At 91, he knows what he likes and likes what he knows. But Albert misses his wife and just wishes that someone, somewhere, would have time for him.

When Liam and Albert’s paths cross, no one can fathom what on earth they have in common. But the boy and the man share more than they know, and what slowly grows is a friendship that they both need, even if the rest of the world can’t see it.

The show will take place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February at 19:30.

Tickets and more information can be found HERE.

Lunar New Year continues

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Lunar New Year celebrations continue across the island this week, starting with a wood dragon laser cutting workshop today at Jersey library. Tickets can be found HERE.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Freedom Centre will host a troupe of cultural performers from the Inner-Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. The troupe will perform traditional dances, songs, instrumental music, and crafts for 90 minutes in a free event. Tickets can be found HERE.

Sunday afternoon will see the Central Market transformed again to welcome in the New Year with tasty local eats from pop-up food stalls, and artisan products from island vendors.

Creative appliqué

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In a new five-week course at the Harbour Gallery, islanders can learn a range of appliqué techniques.

Attendees will produce their own final piece in felt and stitch which could be a cushion cover, a decorative panel, or a wall hanging.

No previous stitch experience is necessary, and all materials are provided – including tea and cake!

The sessions take place every Wednesday from 21 February, from 13:30 to 15:30.

For bookings or more information, email partintheframe@yahoo.co.uk.

Dreaming Trees 

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The 'Dreaming Trees' park illuminations event is set to conclude this weekend, with the final events taking place on Friday and Saturday night.

From 18:00-21:00 each evening, the trees at Howard Davis Park will be transformed by a colourful light show.

"The project provides an opportunity to learn more about Jersey’s trees and the scientific research that shows how trees communicate, share resources and react to the world around them using underground connections known as the ‘wood wide web’," according to the Government.

As well as the lights, a bespoke soundscape has also been created to accompany the event.

Admission is free and can be reserved HERE.

More information is available on the Government website HERE.

Contemporary Art Show

The Channel Islands Contemporary Art Show continues this week, showcasing artists from Jersey and Guernsey alongside practitioners from around the world.

Their work is being exhibited at Capital House until 25 February through a partnership between ArtHouse Jersey, Art for Guernsey and Les Champs Libres in Rennes.

The exhibition aims to explore the inspiration that the Channel Islands have offered to artists through history, particularly from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century and one that reflects the more complex social realities of the islands today. 

The work will be showcased first at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House between 19 January and 25 February followed by a month-long exhibition at Art for Guernsey in St Peter Port opening on Thursday 7 March.

Ahoy matey!

Jersey Heritage has been running a series of pirate-themed events at the Maritime Museum this week, with Friday 16 February marking the last chance to get involved.

Attendees can hear thrilling stories from the high seas, meet the ship's scribe, learn about life aboard a pirate ship, and have a go at coin striking.

There will also be fun pirate fact trails, arts and crafts activities, and the opportunity to take part in the battle!

Bathe in sound

Join Sound Therapy Jersey’s Tom for a ‘sound bathing’ session at The Bridge in St Helier on Sunday evening from 19:30.

This relaxation session “allows very active people to stop for a moment, relax, get closer to their intuition, just be", promising "rest and quick regeneration”.

Sessions involve the playing of gongs, drums, and bowls and it is recommended that participants bring along a yoga mat and a favourite blanket. 

Tickets cost £19 and can be found HERE

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