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ART FIX: Escape the 'Hard Knock Life' with some culture...

ART FIX: Escape the 'Hard Knock Life' with some culture...

Friday 03 February 2023

ART FIX: Escape the 'Hard Knock Life' with some culture...

Friday 03 February 2023

Islanders are being invited to escape the 'Hard Knock Life' and cruise along 'Easy Street' with 70 young local performers as they prepare to take to the stage later this month with their production of Annie Jr.

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 Art Fix offering...

It's a hard knock life...


A little orphan thinks she's hit the jackpot when she's invited to spend Christmas in the mansion of the richest man in New York, Oliver Warbucks. But horrible Miss Hannigan and her good for nothing brother Rooster see the chance to run the scam of a lifetime. Annie will need all her pluck and courage to beat the dastardly duo and find her happy ever after with the family she's always longed for.

Featuring a cast of 70 local young performers (pictured top), this is your chance to escape the Hard Knock Life, cruise along Easy Street, find that You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and remember that the sun will always come out Tomorrow...

Annie Jr. is on at the Jersey Arts Centre from 22 - 25 February 2023. Tickets are available online

Skate park finally opening


The new Les Quennevais skate park is opening this weekend.

The long-awaited £1.9 million facility – which was originally scheduled to open last summer – has experienced a number of delays due to requests for design changes from groups who will use the arena, as well as supply chain issues and recent bad weather.

The skate park is due to open this Saturday (4 February) afternoon, with an opening ceremony at 14:30.

Dreaming Trees


Howard Davis Park will be transformed using light and sound later this month as part of a new park illuminations event aiming to encourage islanders to get outside this winter.

‘Dreaming Trees’ will take place during half-term, with trees throughout the park lit up each evening whilst images sent in by local children are projected onto the recently refurbished Howard Davis Hall.


As well as encouraging more islanders to explore the park during the winter months, the Dreaming Trees project also hopes to explain more about international scientific research which explores how trees communicate and share resources.

The Dreaming Trees illuminations will run 18:00-21:00 every evening from Sunday 12 February until Sunday 19 February. 

More information is available online at

Vikings return


The Vikings return to Jersey’s shores this February half-term to provide some action-packed fun for young Islanders at the Maritime Museum. 

An exciting programme of family-friendly events, sponsored by Ogier, will take place at 10:00-16:00 from Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February.

Professional history re-enactors from UK-based Griffin Historical will be ‘invading’ the Maritime Museum as Vikings to share stories from Norse myths and legends and lead a host of action activities, including combats, feuds and duelling. Families will also be able to catch a glimpse into the daily life of these fierce Scandinavian traders and sea warriors, with object handling crafts and expert knowledge.

Usual entry fees apply but ‘Vikings’ is free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under the age of six. Dressing up is encouraged!

Jersey Academy of Music concerts


The Jersey Academy Student and Teacher Orchestra (JASTO) will be performing their second concert on Saturday 11th Feb 2023, 7:30pm, at Les Quennevais School.

The students have prepared a hugely diverse programme from classical to film music including works such as Bizet's Carmen Suite, the Symphonic Suite from La La Land and a movement of Lawrence's Durrell Suite with guest narration. There will also be performances of Copland's Hoe Down and Bernstein's West Side Story featuring choreography by students of Jodie Lee Performing Dance Academy.

In addition, younger students will also be performing as part of JASTO Junior in a concert at Chateau Vermont this Saturday (4 February) at 19:00.

Tickets for both the JASTO and JASTO Junior concerts can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Calling all local artists


Local artists can apply to be part of ArtHouse Jersey's Pop Up exhibition programme throughout 2023. This series of weekend exhibitions at the arts charity's studios at Greve de Lecq Barracks invites the community to 'pop up' to the site to enjoy the work of local artists in the unique exhibition space

All artists are encouraged to apply, whether they are painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, performers or filmmakers.

To apply, artists can head to the 'Opportunities' section of the ArtHouse Jersey website and click on the 'Pop Ups' drop down, where they will find guidelines and the application form.

The deadline to apply is midnight on 8 February 2023.

Jèrriais Song Project


Pictured: Georgia Mae Bishop, who first conceived of the Jèrriais Song Project. (Credit: Max Burnett)

The Jèrriais Song Project, the first ever commission of a song cycle written in Jèrriais, was first conceived by Georgia Mae Bishop who has a passion for classical music and its inclusion in education and supported by ArtHouse Jersey.

The music has been composed by Charles Mauleverer and will be performed by Georgia Mae alongside pianist Aaron Burrows in two concerts taking place at St Helier Town Church this weekend.

The main concert will take place tonight (Friday 3 February) at 19:00-20:30, with a chance to meet the artists for a post-show drink. Tickets are £10.

Tomorrow (Saturday 4 February), there will be a family friendly concert taking place at the church between 14:00-14:45 with a sing-a-long. Tickets for this event are £5 for adults and free for children.

More details about the project and ticket links for both concerts can be found on the ArtHouse Jersey website.

Comedy Club at Chambers


Chambers are introducing a brand new event to their calendar... Chambers Comedy Club!

Once a month in February, March, and April, Chambers will be hosting some of the best comedians the UK has to offer for a night of non-stop laughs! The Comedy Club kicks off with its first event on Monday 6 February featuring Mark Simmons, as seen on BBC Mock the Week.

Doors open at 18:00 where you can tuck into some delicious pre-show food (last orders 19:15), followed by the show starting at 20:00.

Comedy Club tickets and more information is available on the Randalls website.

Valentine's Day Supper Club


Celebrate Valentine's Day with The Merchants second Supper Club collaboration. The evening presents a unique dining experience serving a one-off red and pink menu of JEJU's authentic Korean/Japanese cooking, supported by a complimentary vinyl soundtrack of its flavours by live DJ David Gaspar.

The one-off Supper Club takes place on Saturday 11 February at 18:00, with only 22 seats available.

More information and tickets are available on The Merchants website.

Dial M for Murder


Tickets are now on sale for the JADC's latest production, Dial M for Murder.

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Shelia, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He blackmails a scoundrel (Captain Lesgate) he used to know into strangling her for a fee of £1,000 and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself.

But in stories things turn out as the author plans them to – in real life they don't – always...

Tickets are available via the Jersey Arts Centre website.

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