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> Welcome to 2009                                                                                                                                        > Celebrating                   in Bournemouth and Poole.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Activate managed the project
As 2009 starts with a cold spell, I am pleased to say
                                                                                                                                                           the launch of                 and Bill Gee and Simon
                                                                                                                                                                                         Chatterton were Programme
that the new staff team at Activate are warming up                                                                                                         the Cultural                  Directors once again.
nicely as they settle into their posts! As we sadly said
goodbye to our longest standing member of staff;                                                            Inside Out Education. Photo: Hannah Farmer     Olympiad                      It followed the huge success
Administrator Cheryl Hutton who departed to Turkey,                                                                                                                                      of Inside Out 2007, which
                                                                                                                                                         Inside Out: An estimated
we welcome Antonia Beck as our Senior Administrator.                                                                                                                                     featured extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                         10,000 people attended
A lengthy but ultimately fruitful recruitment process                                                                                                                                    events in extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                         the spectacular Veles e
filled our Dance Development Co-ordinator post with                                                                                                                                      places throughout Dorset,
                                                                                                                                                         Vents (Wind and Sails) event
job-sharers Rosalind Conlon and Aurore Le Quere.                                                                                                                                         attracting record audiences of
                                                                                                                                                         in Weymouth by Spanish
Lorna Rees successfully joined Becca Gill sharing the                                                                                                                                    30,000. The next Inside Out
                                                                                                                                                         outdoor company Xarxa,
Theatre Development Co-ordinator role, soon to be            Veles e Vent, Weymouth by Xarxa, Inside Out.                                                                                festival is planned for 2010.
                                                             Photo: Roy Riley
                                                                                                            Inside Out Education. Photo: Hannah Farmer
                                                                                                                                                         which overlooked the London
joined by a new recruit when Becca moves on to a
                                                                                                                                                         2012 sailing course, on 26th
freelance career in the Spring. Read more about the                                                                                                                                      Take a look at the Inside Out
                                                                                                                                                         and 27th September 08.
new staff on page 6.                                                                                                                                                                     website and watch some
                                                                                                                                                         In the lead-up to the event,    of the films and animations
It is with this team that Activate moves into its next                                                                                                                                   made by participants
                                                                                                                                                         over 250 children and young
phase of development and clearly sets out a plan that                                                                                                                                    of workshops held at
                                                                                                                                                         people from across the
will engage people in the Cultural Olympiad, with a                                                                                                                                      Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre
                                                                                                                                                         region were involved with
particular emphasis on young people. As always, the                                                                                                                                      for the Arts:
                                                                                                                                                         Inside Out’s educational
core of our work focuses on supporting artists and                                                                                                                                       www.insideoutdorset.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                         programme.
producers to make and present work and to engage
in participatory work. You will see in this newsletter the                                                                                                                               The programme was financially supported
                                                                                                                                                         Inside Out’s Cultural           by Arts Council England South West,
programme updates on work we are carrying out to                                                                                                         Olympiad launch weekend         National Lottery, Team South West,
further our aims for the local performance ecology.                                                                                                      was a one-off signature event   Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bournemouth Borough Council, Aimhigher
                                                                                                                                                         brought to the public by The    and Waterside Holiday Park. Partners
Kate Wood                                                                                                                                                                                included DepARTure, Wave, Weymouth
                                                                                                                                                         Dorset Theatre Promoters        College, Bournemouth and Poole College
Director                                                                                                                                                 Consortium and promoters        as well as all the DTPC partners.


                                                              Veles e Vent, Weymouth by Xarxa, Inside Out. Photo: Roy Riley
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                                                                                                                         the festival was a real
                                                                                                                         success as members
                                                                                                                         of the public followed a
                                                                                                                         trail of work across the     Big Dance: Last summer, in partnership with Dance South West, Activate supported a
                                                                                                                         area. As a partner of the    number of youth dance workshops in raising awareness for Big Dance. Kwesi Johnson
                                                                                                                         project, Activate assisted   from Kompany Malakhi worked with Portland Young Offenders, Pure dance, Pure
                                                                                                                         B-side in contracting        Funk, DanceBytes and Dance For All, and ran workshops across the county for young
                                                                                                                         the performing artists
> Celebrating the launch of the Cultural Olympiad (continued)                                                            and was delighted to
                                                                                                                                                      people. Dance South West launched 5,6,7,8, getting members of the public dancing in
                                                                                                                                                      the streets by sharing their dances. Homegrown also saw dance artists Niki McCretton
                                                                                                                         be part of another event     and Leila Dailo perform. Big Dance will run every two years in the lead up to 2012.
Pulse FX: This was an intergenerational dance piece performed by 45 youth and community dancers aged 14 to 99 from
                                                                                                                         that animated the public     www.bigdance.org.uk
Dorset, Wiltshire and Bristol, and was performed in glorious sunshine on Weymouth seafront to a large and appreciative
                                                                                                                         spaces of Weymouth
audience. Artistic Director Louise Katerega was commissioned by Dance South West to lead the creation of simultaneous                                 Cultural Olympiad Regional/National contact:
                                                                                                                         and Portland.
performances in Weymouth, Plymouth and Bodmin, to help celebrate the launch of the Cultural Olympiad. Dorset County                                   For more news on the Cultural Olympiad both nationally and regional contact:
                                                                                                                         For more details:
Youth Dance Company Portrait performed in the piece, which was inspired by the spirit of the Olympics and Activate was                                Richard Crowe, London 2012 Creative Programmer for the South West
                                                                                                                         www.b-side.org.uk
very pleased to have co-ordinated the Weymouth location. The event was funded by Arts Council England South West.                                     email: richard.crowe@culturesouthwest.org.uk web: www.london2012.com/get-involved


Pulse FX. Photo: Kevin Clifford
                                                                                                                               > Activate joins                      > New Staff Biogs
                                                                                                                                 Facebook!                           Antonia Beck took over from                     Rosalind Conlon has
                                                                                                                                                                     Cheryl Hutton as the Senior                     worked for many years as
                                                                                                                                                                     Administrator for Activate                      an independent dance artist
                                                                                                                                                                     in October 2008. Originally                     focussing on community
                                                                                                                                                                     from London, Antonia is                         work and particularly inter-
> Activate Your Potential                                       Council has been looking to enhance the town’s arts
                                                                provision, and sees this as the perfect solution.
                                                                                                                               From January 2009 Activate
                                                                                                                               will have several dance and
                                                                                                                                                                     passionate about all things
                                                                                                                                                                     art related and has recently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     generational dance. She is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a passionate advocate for
                                                                                                                               theatre focused groups on             graduated with an MA in                         creating opportunities for
New Pavilion Dance Centre in Bournemouth: Dance South           The Pavilion Dance Centre will be run by Dance South                                                 Practising Performance from the University of   communities to dance and share creativity.
West is working in partnership with Bournemouth Borough                                                                        Facebook. There will be four
                                                                West in partnership with Bournemouth BIC and Pavilion,                                               Aberystwyth. Alongside arts administration,     Having recently re-located back to Dorset
Council to create and run a multi-million pound state-of-the-                                                                  groups in total – TheatreNet,         she is also developing her own skills as a      where she was bought up, she is delighted
                                                                with Dance South West programming at the small scale           DanceNet, Youth TheatreNet
art Dance Centre at the Pavilion in Bournemouth.                and advising on large scale promotion, bringing world class                                          performance artist and looks forward to         to now be working in the county to promote
                                                                                                                               and Youth DanceNet. We                doing this within the Dorset region.            and advocate for dance in all sectors.
Due to open in 2010, the Pavilion Dance Centre -                dance to the region. In addition, Dance South West will        hope these groups will
measuring 1,249 square metres - will boast dance studios        seek to develop dance artists from the South West through      provide opportunities for             Aurore Le Quéré joined the                      Lorna Rees graduated in
for both professional and public use and a new studio           residency opportunities and other professional development     people to share information,          dynamic Activate team last                      2001 from the Central School
theatre with a capacity of 180 for dance performances.          support. It is also expected that the Pavilion Dance Centre    network and generally find            August, and job shares the                      of Speech and Drama with a
With the largest ballroom in the South of England and a         will be a focal point for festivals and performances.                                                post of Dance Development                       1st in Drama and Education
                                                                                                                               out what is going on with                                                             and has since worked in
1,430 seat auditorium both being refurbished, it will create                                                                                                         Co-ordinator with Rosalind
                                                                Activate will be leading on the community outreach,            Dance and Theatre in Dorset.                                                          a variety of performing
a world class dance house facility for professional and non-                                                                                                         Conlon. Aurore has
                                                                building on its local partnerships and sub-regional remit      If you would like to join any                                                         arts settings in a range of
professional dancers alike, as well as dance audiences in                                                                                                            previously worked for other
                                                                and will be working closely with Dance South West on the       of these groups then please           organisations in the area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     capacities; as a freelance
the South West.                                                 programme for the benefit of the local dance community.        search for us on Facebook.                                                            project manager, director, performer,
                                                                                                                                                                     such as the Dorchester Arts Centre and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     producer and fundraiser. Lorna has mainly
                                                                                                                                                                     Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Before          worked in creative arts project management,
Bournemouth Borough Council is investing £3,290,000 in          The South West has long been acknowledged as a hot-            Alternatively you can also find
                                                                                                                                                                     crossing the Channel and making Dorset          and has previously worked as an Education
the construction and refurbishment of the Pavilion Dance        bed for dance activity, with more than 150 companies and       Dance and Theatre information
                                                                                                                                                                     her new home, she worked for Eskemm,
Centre. The Council is also committed to providing the                                                                         by visiting our website:                                                              Manager for two venues (Greenwich Theatre
                                                                independent dance artists making work in the region. The                                             a contemporary dance company based              and The Broadway) as well as being an
Pavilion Dance Centre with £300,000 revenue funding from                                                                       www.activateperformingarts.org.uk
                                                                Pavilion Dance Centre will be a beacon for dance creativity                                          in Brittany. Aurore has a Master degree         Administrator for the Royal Court Theatre.
2010 to support its running costs. Since the demolition                                                                        or by signing up to our fortnightly
                                                                and a focal point for supporting and presenting the best the                                         in Performing Arts Management from the          She relocated back to Dorset in 2006, the
of the Winter Gardens in 2006, Bournemouth Borough                                                                             Dance and Theatre E-bulletins.
                                                                region has to offer.                                                                                 Université de Brest, France.                    area in which she grew up.
> DanceNet
                                                                                                                           > Arts                         > TheatreNet
The Pavilion Dance Centre is due to open in Bournemouth in 2010. To find out more about
this exciting project, Activate and Dance South West will be organising a networking meeting                               Matrix                         TheatreNet, our theatre network and development group
at the end of February / beginning of March. This will be a great opportunity to visit the site                                                           for theatre professionals in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
                                                                                                                           If you are a
and to discover what will be available and what you can get involved in at the Centre of                                                                  is going through a developmental process and funding
                                                                                                                           professional
Dance. A date will be announced through our website and e-bulletins...                                                                                    applications have been made for the next stage. More theatre
                                                                                                                           creative practitioner or
                                                                                                                                                          trips and events are being planned for the year ahead.
                                                                                                                           know a creative group
                                                                                                                           that could do with a
         porary
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                                                                                                                           sessions could be for you!
                                                                                                                                                          > News From Our Touring Companies
                                                                                                                           These sessions have been                                           Angel Exit: Formed in 2001, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers
                                                              d these
                                 h Amanda Byrom to lea                                                                     set up to give a sample                                            with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre, under the artistic direction
 Jane White teams up wit                                ouse, Poole.                                                                                                                          of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes. To date Angel Exit have devised, produced and
                              classes at the Lighth                                                                        of how ArtsMatrix can
 popular release-based                                     iate and
                              ality training for Intermed                                                                  help support and advise                                            performed four original pieces of theatre, all critically acclaimed. The productions all
 Classes provide high qu                              raphers, dance                                                                                                                          have very different stories, with a strong emphasis on storytelling through physical
                              , teachers, choreog                                                                          creative people’s (i.e.
 Advance level dancers                                     their
                               s who want to develop                                                                       visual artists, musicians,                                         ensemble theatre. At the moment Angel Exit are in the process of developing a new




                                                                                                         Photo: Naragosa
 students and graduate                                ipants’ comments                                                                                                                        piece of work called ‘Moonfleet’, which the company will be touring in autumn 2009.
                                raphic skills. Partic                                                                      arts managers, writers,
  technique and choreog                                                                                                    designers etc.) careers and                                        They will be in residency at Dorchester Arts Centre whilst making Moonfleet and are
                                   ge from:
  from last year classes ran                                   you to be                                                                                                                      also very excited about being offered the opportunity to have mentoring sessions
                                   as well as encouraging                                                                  businesses. To express an
  “B  rilliant - a full work out,                                                                                          interest or find out when       Photo: Angel Exit Theatre.         with Kneehigh Theatre Company in August. www.angelexit.co.uk
                                  e …” to
   expressive through danc                                                                                                 the next ‘Taster Day’ is
   “I loved the range of     different things         Every Thursday 7 - 8pm                                                                              Double Act provides high quality and lifelong learning opportunities for disabled adults to participate in theatre activity.
                                                                                                                           on in the Dorset area
   each week…”                                        Starting from Thursday 15th January 09                                                              The project began in 1998 through a partnership between Bournemouth TIE and Bournemouth Arts Development.
                                                                                                                           contact Keturah Holmes on
                                 turn up and                                                                                                              Double Act encompasses two disability companies; TOPS, people with learning disabilities and DATco, people with
   To book a session just                             Lighthouse, Poole. Function Room 1. Age : 17+                        01202 853642 or dorset@
                                                                                                                                                          sensory and/or physical impairments. They have recently attained charitable status as Double Act and completed a
    pay at   Lighthouse Box Office.                   Prices £6 per sessions / Students £5                                 artsmatrix.org.uk Also visit
                                                  (duration & price subject to change in April)                            www.artsmatrix.org.uk for      tour of 14 arts centres and schools across Dorset including Lighthouse, Bridport Arts Centre and Sturminster Marshall
                           run as a partnership
   These dance classes are                                                                                                                                Village Hall with Beauty and the Beast. Contact doubleact@oakmead.bournemouth.sch.uk or call 01202 774660.
                    e and Activate.               Classes are accessible to all part of the community.                     general information.
   between Lighthous

                                                                                                                                                          Double Act. Photo: Martin Coyne
> News From Our Touring                                      Niki McCretton is currently on a National tour across the
                                                             country with Hoof! A 50 minute show for children aged
                                                                                                                                                                         Portrait Youth Dance Company
                                                                                                                                                                         Photo: Rob Foddering           > Activating Youth
  Companies (Continued)                                      3+ and their families, told with puppets and tap dancing                                                                                   Portrait, County Town Youth Dance Company: The ten young
                                                             hooves. Niki is also touring a groundbreaking interactive                                                                                  dancers who joined Portrait last October participated in an
Salt Factory is a new Bournemouth/Poole based                playing environment called Horseplay, which allows                                                                                         intensive 3 hour workshop by the nationally acclaimed Hofesh
performance collaboration, committed to engaging with        children to engage in a creative participatory experience.                                                                                 Shechter Company at Budmouth College, Weymouth. The piece
hard to reach groups in our community to develop high        Set within a horse’s stable, Horseplay is a magical, multi-                                                                                created out of this workshop will be performed as a curtain
quality performance work which will access audiences         sensory world containing live performer, (Niki herself),                                                                                   riser from February 2009 at different venues across the region.
nationally and internationally. The collaboration combines   beautiful props, miniature landscapes, lighting, sound                                                                                     The Hofesh Shechter Workshop has been possible thanks to
the professional expertise of award winning playwright       and images to support children’s imaginative ideas.                                                                                        the support of the Arts Education Agency in Dorset DepARTure
Nell Leyshon as writer, Lee Hart as performer, and Becca     See: www.nikimccretton.com Niki is also directing the                                                                                      and Lighthouse, Poole. Portrait is now in discussion with more
Gill as creative producer. Salt Factory was recently         new piece by Stuff and Nonsense ‘Across the Deep Blue                                                                                      internationally and nationally recognised companies for a 4 days
granted funding from Arts Council England South West,        Sea’ due to tour the UK Feb – April. The company have                                                                                      residency in Dorchester. The residency will be held during next
National Lottery, UnLtd and the Borough of Poole to          recently re-located to Bridport from Bristol.                                                                                              half term and will lead to the creation of a second piece.
develop their current work ‘Confession’, which will tour     See: www.aloadofstuffandnonsense.com
with outreach and development work. Salt factory are                                                                                                                                                    Performing Pathways is the first phase in Activate’s 3 year
working in partnership with Vita Nova, Activate, Borough     The Vita Nova Scratch Nights go from strength to                                                                                           development plan to engage and inform young people on how to
of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council and is a            strength. The writing grows in complexity; the performers                                                                                  progress in Dance and Theatre at Further and Higher Education.
resident company at Lighthouse, Poole. Website coming        in confidence. Scratch 3, planned as a fundraiser,                                                                                         Performing Pathways is funded by Aimhigher and works closely
soon, but in the meantime please contact Nell Leyshon        attracted a capacity audience to the Bourne Spring                                                                                         with the Aimhigher creative industries strand partnership.
on nell.leyshon@ntlworld.com for more information.           Centre and was attended by a mixture of local residents,                                                                                   Last year it kicked off with a tour of 4 day dance and theatre
                                                             clients of treatment centres, friends and family. The show,                                                                                workshops to 103 year 9 - 11 pupils from Avonbourne,
Herbie Treehead has been working with Bridport               directed by Lee Hart, produced by Nell Leyshon and Vita                                                                                    Budmouth, Rossmore and Purbeck Schools. Performing
Operatic Workshop again and presents Vaudevillious – a       Nova and lit by Geoff Stevens was presented in semi                                                                                        Pathways was artistically led by Leanne Desmond and Lee Hart
New Mesmerising, Gothic Piece of Promenade Musical           traverse. The performers were joined by Jane Crawshaw,                                                                                     – local dance and theatre practitioners, who provided inspiration
Theatre. Whatever did happen to John Strompit, 154           a 2nd year student on the Arts Institute’s acting course.                                                                                  and shared knowledge and skills with the young people. Student
years ago, when he exited stage left into oblivion, never    The Chief Executive of Bournemouth Borough Council                                                                                         Ambassadors from Bournemouth & Poole College shadowed
to be seen again? Vaudevillious takes you on a journey       was spotted enjoying the performance and the event                                                                                         artists and offered support and an insight into studying at FE/
into the past secrets and stories from the past, present     raised £412 for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund. The                                                                                       HE. A series of postcards have been produced showing career
and future of Bridport Arts Centre. On 17th and 18th April   next scratch night will be on 24th April 2009 so put that                                                                                  paths into the performing arts, complemented by a CDROM,
7.30pm, see: www.bridport–arts.com                           in your diary now! www.vitanova.co.uk                                                                                                      supported by Wave and DepARTure.

                                                                                                                           Portrait Youth Dance Company   Hofesh Shechter. Photo: Ben Rudick
> Activating Youth (cont)                                                      Dance Bytes Back continues with great success to
                                                                               provide affordable, safe and educational dance activities
                                                                                                                                               the project, special days of dance are being organised in
                                                                                                                                               liaison with local schools and dance artists. These sessions
The Remix: This integrated youth                                               to young people. The company programs leading street            intend to raise the awareness of the existing opportunities
performance company enters their second                                        artists/companies to deliver workshops and performances         to join a youth group and support the creation of new
year with an exciting line up of new work,                                     for young people to take part in. Activities are taking         youth dance groups. The project plans to support existing
opportunities and performances. Two new                                        place in Kinson, Boscombe and Canford Heath, in                 initiatives such as Dance Bytes and Portrait and allow a
repertory pieces have been created since                                       Bournemouth and Poole. Contact Stella on 07881468967            new edition of Elevate, the youth dance platform.
August. The first, ‘Made in China’, was                                        or stelladance4all@yahoo.com
inspired by the Olympics and created with                                                                                                      Unlocked is a regional initiative to create a series of
award winning choreographer and Place                                          Hubalicious and Performing Pathways: Activate also              creative projects in and around National Trust properties in
                                                ‘Unlocked’ - Brownsea Island   worked in partnership with Hubalicious; the young people        the South West. Activate is working with event producer
Prize finalist 2006, Freddie Opoku Addaie.
This was performed at the Annual Drama                                         led website that ‘brings young people the latest news,          Antony Waller (formerly The Works, Cornwall) and a
Conference at The Lighthouse, Poole in                                         events and opportunities in the Arts, Writing, and Media.’      number of other local partners, Wave, DepARTure, Dorset
October 08. The second, ‘Club Shambles’                                        Hubalicious has designed, updated and hosted Performing         Youth Association and National Trust Brownsea to explore
– a mix of comedy, dance and theatre;                                          Pathways (Creative Pathways) within their own website to        creating an extraordinary event on Brownsea Island in
inspired by cabaret and circus acts, was                                       include information such as: choosing the right creative        2010. A research and development weekend was held on
created with new artistic director, Claire                                     career, ‘meet the experts’, local, regional and national        Brownsea in July 08 where ten young people from all over
Hodgson. Auditions in October welcomed                                         courses and links to Aimhigher’s ‘Creative Steps’ and           Dorset joined with five local artists to explore the island and
seven new members from Weymouth                                                Connexions website. Performing Pathways continues in            generate ideas for a site specific performance.
College and Poole High School. Spring 09                                       2009 -11 with Kings High, Rossmore and The Grange               Activate is now
sees further work on ‘Club Shambles’ with                                      secondary schools. www.hubalicious.org                          working with National
performances in local schools and colleges.                                                                                                    Trust Brownsea and
                                                                               Community Youth Dance Practitioner: Activate is now             the partners to develop
Long term plans for July 09 will see the
                                                                               starting on the next stage of this project in partnership       this largely youth led
group link with Diverse City to work with ten
                                                                               with Active Dorset; the County Sports Partnership for           project for delivery in
young people from East London to create a
                                                                               Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, for the next stage of the        September 2010. This
performance to take to the National Youth
                                                                               Community Youth Dance Project. The project aims to make         work was supported
Theatre. The Remix is supported by Cultural
                                                                               dance accessible to young people of secondary school age        by Cultural Hub and
Hub and Sport England through the Sport
                                                                               and encourage them to be active and involved in the arts        the V Volunteer project.
Unlimited funds/Active Dorset.
                                                                               for the benefit of their health and well being. To kick-start                                 ‘Unlocked’ - Searching The Archives


The Remix. Photo: Phil Sayer
                                                                                                                                                               > Impressive Outcomes From
> Activating participation                                                                                        Return to Dancing Nepal:                       The Three Year Cultural Hub Partnership
                                                                                                                  Activate has secured £39,100
Dance Generations Dance Residency: As a celebration of                                                            from the Heritage Lottery                    In 2006, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport set
the project, participants from education and care settings                                                        Fund and match funding                       up three Cultural Hubs to explore the relationship between
across the county worked together on an integrated,                                                               from Dorset County Council,                  schools and cultural organisations and their joint ability to
intergenerational dance residency in Morden during a busy                                                                                                      deliver a workable ‘cultural offer’ for children and young people.
                                                                                                                  including generous in kind                   Bournemouth and Poole, managed jointly by the Arts Council
January week. Working site-specifically in Morden Village                                                         support from our partners                    England and Museums, Libraries and Archives Council was
Hall, with choreographer Louise Katerega, disabled dance           Dance Generations. Photo: Natasha Player       to deliver Return to Dancing                 co-ordinated locally by wave arts education agency and £1.3
artist Tom Clarke and filmmaker Sergio Cruz, the participants                                                     Nepal. Launched in January,                  million investment was given for three years until July 08.
danced to create a film showcasing the creative potential of all                                                  the project develops new
bodies, younger and older, disabled or non disabled. The film                                                     cultural exchanges and
will then be shown at a seminar we are planning to advocate                                                                                                      Here are some of the statistics of the achievements:
                                                                                                                  exploration of heritage through
for the benefits of dance to health later in the spring. Watch                                                                                                       54                   Projects completed
                                                                                                                  dance, poetry, research and
our website for more details to come.                                                                                                                             22,934      Opportunities for young people to participate
                                                                                                                  cultural celebrations with
                                                                                                                                                                   4,683              Adults directly participated
Umoja Arts Network: After the success of Bournemouth’s 1st                                                        the Ghurkha regiment at
                                                                                                                                                                  11,039            People attended performances
African Caribbean Street Party, Umoja Arts Network are keen                                                       Blandford Army Camp, local                      13,715             People attended exhibitions
to see the procession grow and develop over the next few           Umoja Arts Network. Photo: Paul McManus
                                                                                                                  schools and community                            2,630             People attended screenings
years. Groups danced along the white sandy promenade of                                                           youth settings. We have                          4,823          Publications produced/distributed
Westcliff and ended in the Central Gardens with a Brazilian-                                                      contracted an exciting team                   1,237,998            Website pages were visited
Afrikan shake-up! The event saw nationally renowned ‘Salsa                                                        of artists including Subathra
Explosion’, Origens de Brasil Capoeira master performers                                                          Subramaniam, Sumita Ray,                        Pupils reported:
and Dance Afrika stalwarts all take to the streets. The event                                                     Sarafina Blass, Cassius                          85%       ‘Increase in enjoyment, inspiration and creativity’
included Dance Bytes back and New Roots dance troupes,                                                            Rayner, Louisa Adjoe-Parker                      87%         ‘Increase in knowledge and understanding’
which featured a parent and toddler group and a youth group,                                                      and archivist Sylvia Hixon-
                                                                   Return to Dancing Nepal. Photo: Paul Inman                                                      66%                 ‘Development of new skills’
led by a guest appearance from the No.1 authentic carnival                                                        Andrews. The project is
troupe of the North - Birmingham Carnival. We are seeking                                                                                                          53%              ‘A change in attitudes and values’
                                                                                                                  managed by Natasha Player
sponsors, hands on helpers and artist to help us make this                                                        who had already successfully
                                                                                                                                                                   36%         ‘Improvement in behaviour and progression’
event a regular calendar showdown. For further information                                                        run a pilot project in 2003.
contact Umoja Arts Network on 01202 853665                                                                                                                     We are now embarking on the next phase to continue high
or umojaartsnetwork@tiscali.co.uk                                                                                                                              quality arts and culture provision for children and young people.
                                                                                                                Subathra Subramaniam. Photo: Rebecca Zalatan   For more information: www.waveartseducation.org.uk
                                                                   Return to Dancing Nepal. Photo: Paul Inman
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> Contact Us:                                                                                                 > Core Activate Team:
Activate Performing Arts,                                                                                     Director:
27 West Borough, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1LT                                                                   Kate Wood
Tel: 01202 884340 Web: www.activateperformingarts.org.uk
                                                                                                              Senior Administrator:
Email: info@activateperformingarts.org.uk
                                                                                                              Antonia Beck
If you would like to include your promotion, event or workshop on our
website, please contact Antonia Beck at the office.                                                           Theatre Development Co-ordinator:
Activate sends out details on dance and theatre events and opportunities in the                               Becca Gill/Lorna Rees
region via email. If you wish to receive e-bulletins every fortnight please email:
antoniabeck@activateperformingarts.org.uk stating whether you would like to                                   Dance Development Co-ordinator:
receive information on dance, theatre or both.                                                                Rosalind Conlon/Aurore Le Quéré



> Thanks to:
Core funders:
                                                                                     Activate is a partner of
                                                                                     Dance South West and
                                                                                     Theatre South West:

Partners, project funders and supporters in kind:




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Company number: 3439777        Charity number: 1069622        Activate is committed to equal opportunities.


Front Cover: Pulse FX. Photo: Kevin Clifford        Back Cover: Masks At ‘Hubworld’. Photo: Kevin Clifford