Eastleigh’s creatives look forward to a busy year

Professor John Holden. Pic Courtesy: Culture unit, Eastleigh Borough Council

Professor John HoldenPic Courtesy: Culture unit, Eastleigh Borough Council

Members of Eastleigh’s artistic community filled the Studio Theatre at The Point for this year’s Creative Eastleigh Symposium, highlighted by internationally-renowned guest speaker Professor John Holden.

The event also gave Eastleigh Borough Council’s Culture Unit, led by Dr Cheryl Butler, the opportunity to announce some of the exciting projects coming up in the year.

2016 is an especially important year for Eastleigh’s creative venues, as it marks not only The Point theatre’s 20th anniversary as a centre for development of the arts but The Berry Theatre in Hedge End’s 5th year as a beacon for new writing.

With the Tec Hub in Wessex House launching its’ Digital Arts Programme for emerging digital artists, and new spaces also opening up at The Sorting Office studio for artists and designer-makers, Dr Butler confirmed that there is a real commitment to growing the creative sector in Eastleigh.

Professor Holden then gave an inspirational talk about the ecology and the future of culture, making it clear that the tools for creating new forms of culture are now easier than ever before to access.

After a round of questions from the audience, there was an opportunity for networking between members of the community, prompting some highly valuable discussions and potential collaborations alongside a taster of The Point’s new food and drink offering.

Finally, attendees were invited to view the stunning world premiere of Imbalance by The Point’s associate artists Joli Vyann; a breath-taking and extraordinary feat of physical strength and beauty choreographed by Jonathan Lunn.