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Fri 4 June The Launch of SOUTHEND FRINGE FESTIVAL

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Fri June 4, Railway Hotel, 8.30pm, FREE ENTRY
Tonight, SOUTHEND FRINGE FESTIVAL is being oficially launched at The Railway Hotel.

“If you come down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise! This is a free event to kick off the Fringe in style. The upstairs of the Railway will be transformed into a spooky forest, from where you can find out about all the upcoming Fringe events and enjoy the mystical entertainment. There will be short films by Kenneth Anger accompanied by live music written especially for the evening, a screening of the music video ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, spoken word and more. You’ll never believe your eyes!”

SOUTHEND FRINGE events -

Fri June 4 – 25 (Open Thurs-Sun only), TAP Gallery, FREE ENTRY
Warning: This Show is not Intended for Passive Consumption, a group show of participatory and interactive works. Curated by Michaela Freeman, a group exhibition Please Touch challenges the concept of passive consumption of art. Opening 3 June 7-9pm with performance by Dot Howard, Lizzy Le Quesne and Silver & True. Exhibited artists: alteregorelativamentesensibili, Sara Korshøj Christensen, Ole Hagen, Sam Holden, Chris Mercier, Silver & True, Helen Sturgess, Karen Storr. Ends with a Last Friday Shorts film screening on Friday 25th June at 7.30pm. More information

Fri June 4, Railway Hotel, 8.30pm, FREE ENTRY
If you come down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise! This is a free event to kick off the Fringe in style. The upstairs of the Railway will be transformed into a spooky forest, from where you can find out about all the upcoming Fringe events and enjoy the mystical entertainment. There will be short films by Kenneth Anger accompanied by live music written especially for the evening, a screening of the music video ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, spoken word and more. You’ll never believe your eyes!

Sun June 6, Railway Hotel, 2pm-5.30pm, FREE ENTRY
Belle et La Beat have a simple but brilliant concept – why not make gigs available to families? Catering for the children by providing them with craft activities and allowing parents to get out and see some live music has certainly helped liven up Sunday afternoons. For their Fringe show they are hosting live music from Bearcraft, Katie and the Ayres, Art gruppe, Big Dogg and Eva’s dream, and will be providing childrens arts materials as usual. Entrance is free but please support the raffle! More information

Tues June 8 – 21, Southend Library (first floor gallery space), FREE ENTRY
Pictorial representations of the cavernous gap between the person you present to the world and the creature within. Thinking outside the box is a concept apparently warmly embraced by the people of the 21st Century. The artist asks us if we are ready to cope with feeling outside the box. To encounter new and worrying combinations of emotions triggered by modern climatic and scientific challenges. To transcend the constraints of the human body box and experience life on an emotional, instinctive level. To cope with feeling alone outside the box, on the edge of human activity, isolated by other people’s values and expectations. This exhibition of acrylics by Mary Reed will be on display in the first floor gallery space, by the stairwell. The pieces will be on sale.

Fri June 11, The Kursaal, £4
Our night of madcap variety returns! Music from Stuart Masters, dance from Delusion and Joeseph and Trisha, Southend Poetry Group and variety acts in the historical heart of Southend. Come and celebrate what the Kursaal was, is, and will be again! Children are allowed at this event for half price but please be warned that there may be colourful language or adult themes in some of the performances.

Thurs June 10, Railway Hotel, Doors open 8pm, film starts 8.30pm, £1
Local fanzine Noisy! presents a screening of DIY American film ‘A Hundred Dollars and a T-Shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest US’ directed by Microcosm publishing’s Joe Biel. With a focus on the fanzine community in the USA and particularly the city of Portland, Oregon, the film aims to answer questions including what is a zine, why people make them and what the future holds for zines, through interviews with writers and visits to shops, symposiums, resource centres and libraries. With a running time of around 80 mins, this film will open your eyes to a cultural phenomenon that may just inspire you to create your own zine! (Generally suitable for all, contains some swearing.) Tickets can be bought in advance from: Noisy or direct from Southend Fringe.

Sat June 12, Studio Eleven, Westcliff-on-sea
An Introduction to Mono Printing 11am – 12pm, £5 By Debbie Hadley
An Introduction to Watercolour painting 2 – 4 pm, £10 By Andrew Hall
All materials included in cost. Places are limited so please book a place by phoning Andrew on 07972 893813.

Sat June 12, Railway Hotel, 12.30-1.30pm or 2-3pm, £10
Presented by Joseph & Trisha, who are International teachers of Lindy Hop, 20′s Charleston, Swing Blues, Blues, American Tap, Authentic Jazz Dance and other related dance styles. Places are limited, please book in advance by e-mailing: [email protected] or in person at our opening party or the Kursaal Vaudeville where you will be able to see the teachers in action.
Joseph and Trisha
Beginners Class Tickets (£10) 12.30pm-1.30pm

Sat June 12, Railway Hotel, 12.30-1.30pm or 2-3pm, £10
With live performances by Isnaj Dui, Hybernation, Little Penguin and Sonicslice. Entry strictly by ticket only. Tickets all come with a limited edition CD featuring one exclusive track from each of the artists. Tickets available on 24th May and are extremely limited due to the small capacity of the venue. They will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Click here for ticket availability

Weds June 16, The Sunrooms, 8pm, £4
Very funny, very irreverent sock puppets aimed squarely at the over 12s! Stars of MTV’s Sifl and Oli show, a massive hit at the Edinburgh and Brighton fringes, stars of You Tube and their very own comic! Expect surreal humour, cheeky parodies and a truly unusual evening out. This is a centrally organised Fringe event so tickets can be purchased from our opening party or the Kursaal Vaudeville.

Fri June 18, Railway Hotel, 7.30pm – late, £3
A special night of female fronted bands and accomplished lady DJ Moonlight bring the ‘Pigtails and Army Boots’ radio show to life, raising money for Animal Defenders International at the same time. Featuring:
• WENDY SOLOMON – wry takes on modern life as told with the aid of a ukulele
• DEATH OF THE ELEPHANT – high octane riot grrl fuzz
• CANDY PANIC ATTACK – lovable punk
• TRASH MONROE – gothic tinged energetic rock
• THE DIRTY FAIRIES – blues and funk

Sat June 19, Railway Hotel, FREE ENTRY
The Tumbledryer Babies and Charlot Webster make a welcome return to Southend Fringe after captivating the audience at last year’s ‘anti folk’ night. This year they are joined by the mighty Greg Kiss. A night of disaster songs, murder ballads, songs of gloom and tales of brokenheartedness. A little creepy, a little kooky, and not to be missed.

Wed June 23, Chase Road community centre, 8pm, FREE ENTRY
Award winning carnival arts group Art of The Village invite you to come and join them for a beautiful display of lanterns, which will form part of this year’s entry for the Southend carnival.

Fri June 25, Bar Lambs, 8pm, £5
Culture as a Dare is going from strength to strength, now not only hosting monthly nights of musical innovation and leftfield excitement but currently celebrating the launch of their new record label. Tonight’s gig features local avant garde veterans Red Square, who haven’t played Southend for a very long time and itching to get back! Support comes from Temperatures, WeirdGear and Little Penguin. Local artist Ian Treherne will be displaying his work in the bar area. More information

Sat June 26, Railway Hotel, £3/Free for event organisers
This year the theme is ‘Time Tunnel’, come dressed as someone important from the past, someone exciting from the future, or if you can’t be bothered to change, just yourself, yesterday! With live music from Steve Hooker, Sicknurse and Phillious Williams, plus some timeless classics on the decks. Entry is free for event organisers and performers at the Vaudeville and a measley £3 for everyone else. There will also be a display of newspaper cuttings all about Southend’s fascinating

  • Railway Hotel, 32 Clifftown Road, Southend, SS1 1AJ
  • TAP Gallery, The Old Water Works, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
  • Southend Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX
  • The Kursaal, Southchurch Avenue, Southend, SS1 2WW
  • Studio Eleven, 11 Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SSO 7RA
  • Planetarium at Southend Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EW
  • The Sunrooms, Market Place, Southend, Essex SS1 1DA
  • Chase Road Community Centre, Chase Road, Southend, SS1 2RE
  • Chase Road Community Centre, Chase Road, Southend, SS1 2RE

Comments

  1. Emma Reed says:

    Thank you so much for listing these for us!