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ART FIX: A taste of the silver screen...

ART FIX: A taste of the silver screen...

Friday 14 August 2020

ART FIX: A taste of the silver screen...

While the cinema remains closed, a local DJ and cinema buff has partnered with a hotel to bring physically-distanced screenings to islanders.

Every Friday, Express is presenting a selection of online and offline exhibitions, performances and other historic and creative content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture throughout the pandemic.

Here's this week's selection...

Cinema Paradiso 

Cinema buff and movie night organiser, Stefan Rousseau, which some know as CineStef, has once again teamed up with Roberto’s Jazz Bar at the Savoy Hotel to give islanders a taste of the silver screen in a physically distanced way.

The partnership has brought back the popular bi-monthly cine-club ‘Cinema Paradiso’. With limited spaces and “delicious food”, the now bi-weekly screenings – every Tuesday and Thursday at 18:30 - have been designed to feel exclusive. 

‘In the Mood for Love’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘A Quiet Place’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ will all be playing before the end of August.

Also known as DJ Stefunk, Stefan can usually be seen sending beats through town on Funky Fridays at Charing Cross.  

While the corona virus pandemic prevented him from returning to his usual spot, the musician hasn’t let his decks sit idle. 


Pictured: Unable to mix at events, DJ Stefunk has been streaming online. (Britta Marie Photography)

Throughout lockdown, he would set up his tables on his outdoor deck, streaming mixing sessions on social media and Music.Je. 

Since measures have relaxed, he has taken his ‘Funky Friday’ sessions on tour. From secret locations with stunning sea views to Le Port or the Savoy’s poolside, DJ Stefunk has made the best of the sunny weather to dish out the tunes while following public health guidelines.

“The response has been really positive," the DJ said. "There is a big sense of community in Jersey. There are famous DJs offering live streams online and people continue to listen to us. To hear that my music has helped during lockdown, it's great.

"I normally mix every weekend for work, it's my passion and it was all gone in five minutes. Doing the live streams has helped maintain a sense of normality."


Get stitching with the National Trust


The National Trust is inviting young islanders to get crafty to create their own embroidered bookmark. 

One of the volunteers from The Georgian House at 16 New Street has created free embroidery packs for children, with all the materials needed to create a floral bookmark. 

Those who wish to can send their bookmarks back so that they can be included in an Exhibition of Stitching next month.  

More activities are available at Jersey’s only remaining working watermill, the Moulin de Quetivel on Mondays and Tuesday between 10:00 and 16:00.

The Trust’s miller regularly gives milling demonstrations while visitors can pop in the historic kitchen to see bread being made. 

For those wishing to explore the Trust’s woodland, a scavenger hunt is also on offer.


Distillery Sessions

ArtHouse Jersey has joined forces with a local liquor company and the Songwriters Society to provide a series of five live-streamed gigs showcasing the talents of local musicians from the Old Sail Loft Distillery on South Pier.

Video: Last night's Distillery Session featured Isaac Evans, Sam Walwyn, Emily Houghton and Jack Booth.

The first Distillery Sessions featured singer/songwriters Monty Taft, Phoebe Over and Jared Crespel as well as Isaac Evans, Sam Walwyn, Emily Houghton and Jack Booth.

Hosted by the Songwriters Society founder David Keenan, the Sessions are streamed online with the help of local producers JP Le Blond and Paul Bisson.

Video: The inaugural Distillery Session.

‘We have an incredible nest of musical talent in the Channel Islands whom I feel are being overlooked in these difficult times,’ said Mark Taft, Owner of La Bastille and founder The Channel Island Liquor Company.  

“They need our support as much if not more than anyone. In the Distillery we have a beautiful setting and we’re delighted to work with ArtHouse Jersey and the Songwriters Society, with whom we share the same vision.” 

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Pictured top: Cinema Paradiso (Robbie Dark)

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