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ART FIX: Flamenco maestro to headline guitar festival

ART FIX: Flamenco maestro to headline guitar festival

Friday 10 November 2023

ART FIX: Flamenco maestro to headline guitar festival

Friday 10 November 2023


Hans Zimmer’s favourite guitarist, who has also featured on the sound tracks of the Mission Impossible and James Bond films, is set to perform in Jersey tonight.

Every Friday, 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...

International Guitar Festival 

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A charity that uses music to support and enrich the lives of islanders is set to host an international gathering of guitar talent this weekend. 

The festival returns for a second year with a full programme of concerts, headlined by flamenco maestro El Amir, who has featured on the sound tracks of Mission Impossible and James Bond.

Joining him will be classical Spanish guitarist Alexandra Whittingham, as well as Remi Harris with his "gipsy jazz" Hot Club Trio. 

Music in Action said: “This festival is a unique opportunity for Jersey's residents and visitors to witness the brilliance of El Amir and other exceptional guitarists, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

“Whether you're a long-time guitar enthusiast or simply someone who appreciates the power of music, the International Guitar Festival promises to offer nights to remember."

Education is also a key part of the festival, which will see a series of six workshops run by Music in Action for young students in schools, as well as two concerts for 600 children at the Methodist Centre to learn about flamenco guitar.

The festival runs at various venues and times from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 November.

For full details and tickets click HERE

POSTPONED: St Martin’s bonfire night

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St Martin’s bonfire has been postponed again due to continuing poor weather conditions.

Organisers said an announcement would be made this week about whether the event would take place on Saturday 18 November.

The island’s biggest bonfire was originally due to be held on Saturday 4 November but was moved to this weekend following Storm Ciarán.

However, continuing adverse weather conditions have forced another postponement.

The committee organising the bonfire, which raises funds for the Jersey Child Care Trust, said they wanted to apologise but also to thank those involved for the time and effort that has already been spent.

Shabby Chic to Antique Weekend

 

This weekend, the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity Hill will host the "largest and final" fundraiser for Mind Jersey of the year.

It will feature over 30 stalls selling clothes, accessories, books, antiques, jewellery, maps, glassware, ornaments, furniture and Christmas items.

Food will be provided by Beresford Street Kitchen, a social enterprise that provides education, training and employment for people with learning disabilities or autism.

Shabby Chic to Antique Weekend will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday, with free parking.

More information can be found HERE

Believe in Magic

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Local artists Kathy Rondel and Michele Snape draw inspiration from their natural surroundings in their new exhibition, 'Believe in Magic'.

Kathy said: “I am a collector of the small, seemingly insignificant things that others might overlook and with an ever growing collection of leaves, seeds, shells, stones and suchlike.”

Their showcase is inspired by the words of Ronald Dahl: “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are aways hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

It will run daily between the 4 and 25 November, from 10:00 until 16:00, excluding Sundays, at The Merchants House.

Men-ships

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Each Thursday this month, as part of Men’s Health Month, The Harbour Gallery will offer space for men to learn new skills, make friends and improve their mental wellbeing to try to help combat social isolation and foster a sense of community.

Priced at £10 per session or £40 for a five-session package, each session includes a drink and an activity. Activities include cooking, quick-fire chess, music, photography, and Lego building. 

 

Events at the Harbour Gallery are priced at £10 per session or £40 for five sessions, which includes a drink and a fun activity each week. Places can be booked by emailing info@theharbourgalleryjersey.com or calling 743044.

The Power of Light 

 

The Harbour Gallery will also be celebrating its 21st birthday on Friday 17 November with an exhibition called 'The Power of Light'. 

Canapes, birthday cake and drinks will be served. 

Organisers said: "Our first exhibition at The Harbour Gallery St Aubin was titled 'The Power of Light,' marking a new era in the Jersey art world.

"Relocating to our new 'home' earlier this year with the inspirational light shining into our workspaces.

"'The Power of Light' seems a most appropriate theme for our 21st birthday exhibition". 

International Waters

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CCA Galleries is hosting an exhibition of paintings and etchings by artist Tim Le Breuilly, a recipient of the 2022 Jersey Summer Exhibition Prize.

Taking inspiration from real, imagined or local places, Tim's new works assimilate human emotion, memory and personal experience into landscapes and seascapes.

The compositions he portrays may be drawn from the real world, harkening back to familiar locations or distant travel destinations, or they might be born from the depths of his imagination, materialised into existence to encapsulate the essence of a feeling.

Regardless of their origin, these landscapes become a blank canvas for the viewer's own imagination, allowing them to wander through the artist's emotional terrain.

The show will continue until Friday 17 November. Find out more HERE

Human Connections 

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ArtHouse Jersey has launched an interactive, multi-media and multi-site exhibition that explores how people connect.

Entitled 'Skipton Big Ideas: Human Connections', it is spread across three venues where visitors will encounter sculptures, film, installations, interactive technology, theatre, filmed portraits and a laboratory.

The key attractions on offer as part of Human Connections include:

People We Love by KMA

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'People We Love' is a gallery exhibition held at Capital House until 17 December, between 10:30 and 18:00 each day.

Organisers explained: “Earlier in the year, islanders were invited to take part in the artwork where they were filmed gazing at a picture of someone they love.

“Visitors will be met with the penetrating gaze of the artwork’s subjects, inviting them to feel each unspoken story as the faces tell the tale of someone they love.

“People We Love explores the invisible transaction between a person, a piece of art and that emotion which bonds us all: love.”

Totem by Kimatica Studio

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This interactive installation will be installed at the Maritime Museum, running every day from 10:30 to 16:00 until 17 December.

'Totem' was created by a London-based creative studio specialising in performance arts and interactive technology,

Organisers explained: “Totem is an immersive ritualistic experience that invites audiences to explore human connectedness through a techno-reinvention of an ancestral spirit being, a sacred object, and a symbolic representation of tribal cohesion and harmony - The Totem.

“Although its beliefs and functions vary between cultures, a common purpose of this symbol is connection. The Totem was believed to strengthen the group's unity and maintain ties to ancestors, consciousness and the community."

Baptêmes de Terre by Fred Martin

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This performance and artistic ceremony will be held at Capital House from 12 to 18 November.

Artist Fred Martin immerses participants’ faces in a bath of clay to create an expressive cast. The casts are then used to create plaster copies of the faces of the people who participate in this ceremonial practice and finally brought together to create a magnificent communal artwork.

Organised explained: "The masks do not conceal but rather reveal the most minute and intimate details of a face, in an authentic experience based on sharing and bringing people together.”

You can book a slot HERE.

Etiquette by Rotozaza

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This participatory performance experience will be held at The Yard until 16 December on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

'Etiquette' is a half-hour experience for two people in a public space.

Organisers said: “There is no-one watching, no ‘audience’ as such - other people in the cafe are not particularly aware of it happening. You wear headphones which tell you what to say to each other, or to use one of the objects positioned on the table. There is a kind of magic involved - for it to work you just need to listen and respond accordingly.

“It offers the fantasy of speaking with someone without having to plan what you say and the resulting thrill of disowning responsibility in a performance situation. Conversation is shown to be a kind of theatre whereby 'audience' and 'actor' roles are imperceptibly assumed and exchanged.

“Etiquette exposes human communication at both its rawest and most delicate and explores the difficulty of turning our thoughts into words we can trust. A young girl and an old man lead the participants into several micro-situations, often borrowed from film or theatre, wherein the private worlds shared between two people split and reform incessantly.”

You can book a slot HERE.

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