Haunt: a story-walk through Harrogate in search of spirits

The beau­ti­ful spa town of Har­ro­gate in York­shire is host­ing a ghost walk with a dif­fer­ence this sum­mer… spec­tres and shades, some (but not all) from the dis­tant past. Some are haunt­ing the life of Har­ro­gate now… and some are haunt­ed by the town itself. Haunt: a sto­ry-walk through Har­ro­gate, with music and per­for­mance is by Imove Arts,…

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The Secret Life of No:36 – an art project in a London terrace

An unas­sum­ing ter­raced house in north Lon­don trans­formed into an excit­ing, exper­i­men­tal art project proved to be one of the most intrigu­ing and orig­i­nal events in the cal­en­dar of a local fes­ti­val. Enti­tled The Secret Life of no:36, the project, shown as part of Crouch End Fes­ti­val, was inspired by the his­to­ry of the house and its…

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Shirley Baker: On the Beach exhibition

On the Beach is a new exhi­bi­tion of less­er-seen work by Shirley Bak­er, held at Photo­fu­sion Pho­tog­ra­phy Cen­tre, Brix­ton from 12th May to 16th June. The pri­vate view was a huge suc­cess and cura­tor Anna Dou­glas gave a fas­ci­nat­ing gallery talk. In a depar­ture from her more well-known pho­tos of 1960s Man­ches­ter and Sal­ford, as seen at…

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Hebden Bridge: After the deluge

I’m repost­ing a piece from 2012, an account of the floods in Heb­den Bridge and the sur­round­ing vil­lages, writ­ten by local long-term res­i­dent and cre­ator of many com­mu­ni­ty events, Tes­sa Gordziejko. The Trades, Heb­den Bridge’s venue for so many great music nights, was giv­en a boost by Pat­ti Smith who did a gig there and…

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Review: Music of India at V&A Museum

The Vic­to­ria and Albert Muse­um is hold­ing a series of events to accom­pa­ny the huge India Fes­ti­val this autumn. Last night I attend­ed the Music of India con­cert, an event held in the sump­tu­ous Raphael Room, with a pro­gramme of two acts. The Rajasthani folk troupe, who closed the evening, also popped up in dif­fer­ent spots of the muse­um ear­li­er in…

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Breath[e]:LESS live performance, Bradford and Liverpool

Breath[e]:LESS is a new kind of performance/gig expe­ri­ence, and danc­ing is very much allowed. It might be dif­fi­cult not to, as it’s set to infec­tious elec­tron­ic music by composer/producer DJ Kwah (above). The per­for­mance is the brain­child of Tes­sa Gordziejko, for­mer­ly Cre­ative Direc­tor for the York­shire cul­tur­al Olympiad, a direc­tor and pro­duc­er who has built a rep­u­ta­tion for innovative…

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The Photographers’ Gallery, images of Manchester by Shirley Baker

Shirley Bak­er is only now being recog­nised as one of the most impor­tant female pho­tog­ra­phers and social doc­u­menters of the last cen­tu­ry. The haunt­ing and com­pelling 2007 doc­u­men­tary of Joy Divi­sion, direct­ed by Grant Gee, opens with a mon­tage of images of Man­ches­ter in the 70s. It depicts a time of sweep­ing changes after the post-war streets were sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly cleared…

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Northern Soul – the film

“I’ve nev­er seen so many weak blad­ders,” said my part­ner, as yet anoth­er sil­hou­ette shuf­fled out, block­ing the screen dur­ing North­ern Soul, the film. “It’s because every­one here is of ‘a cer­tain age’ ”, I replied. Indeed, about 90 per cent of the audi­ence did look as if they could remem­ber North­ern Soul first time round. Since North­ern Soul’s…

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Pink Floyd, flower children, swinging London: the 60s films of Anthony Stern

13th Decem­ber 2017: so sor­ry to hear about the death of Iggy Rose. Over the sum­mer of 2014, Lon­don’s South­bank Cen­tre held a “Fes­ti­val of Love”, exhibit­ing pieces of hip­py iconog­ra­phy which remained dot­ted around the com­plex long after the event. They cre­at­ed a suit­ably fit­ting por­tal to one par­tic­u­lar event: an evening of psy­che­del­ic films…

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