Category: Arts

Eastleigh’s creatives look forward to a busy year

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…

Deven’s bus design on display in London

Eastleigh graphic artist Deven Bhurke has had his design for a London Routemaster bus publically unveiled in Trafalgar Square. Deven’s design entitled “Twenty Four Seven” shows London Bridge during four phases of the day – showing how London Buses serves the capital around the clock- and is one of sixty sculptures that will form a…

Festival puts Winchester on poetry map

Poets and audiences have been full of praise for Winchester’s first poetry festival The three-day event, held at the Discovery Centre, featured national and world-renowned poets including Brian Patten, Michael Longley and Patience Agbabi in a series of readings and workshops. Organisers said the festival, which had taken two years to plan, came about through…

Poet will inspire Jane Austen house visitors

Jane Austen’s beautiful former house and garden at Chawton will be inspiring another female writer this summer as the museum has appointed a poet in residence. During August and September Maura Dooley will be working with Hampshire’s Jane Austen House Museum on a number of writing related projects. Maura, who teaches at Goldsmiths College and…

Share your WWI memories

Hampshire Museums Service  are looking for memories and memorabilia from World  War I. The project, Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914, is a five year programme of activities that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War. During 2014 a programme of exhibitions and events which will focus on the 100th commemoration of the First World War.  Funded by…

Fair Oak folk get Arty

Nicky Baker's winning table. pic by Mark Braggins

Arty Fair Oak folk have staged their annual arts and crafts exhibition over the weekend. The members of Fair Oak Arts and Crafts Society exhibited a variety of items in differing media that show that creativity is thriving in the village. The society was founded 32 years ago and currently has around 30 members but…

Paul Daniels: From Legend to leg end

Veteran magician and TV entertainer Paul Daniels will be appearing in Eastleigh this Friday night (October 25). Daniels and his glamorous assistant wife ‘The lovely Debbie McGee’ will be bringing their stage show to the more intimate, cabaret atmosphere of the Concorde Club. Paul and Debbie were a mainstay of BBC TV entertainment schedules throughout…

The show goes on, at The Point…

The Wikipedia Page for The Point in Eastleigh has been nobbled, in one of the more spectacular hoaxes that has affected the Council-run facility. Updated on 1st August, the page now describes The Point in the past tense, the first paragraph of which reads; The Point was a theatre and dance studios for contemporary performance and contemporary dance in…

Thomas Chugs into Vue…

The long school holidays approach and with many days to fill, hopefully not all of them wet, the Eastleigh News inbox is full of helpful suggestions for ways to help keep kids of all ages amused. We can’t plug all of them, but we’ll report on as many as we can and there is plenty…

Big Night For Student Witches

Eastleigh’s Barton Peveril College took student amateur dramatics to a completely new level this evening, raising the standard with one of the most spellbinding performances that the Nuffield Theatre has ever hosted. The opening night of Barton Peveril’s production of The Witches of Eastwick, which was also one of the first amateur productions of this…

‘Eastleigh Unwrapped’ set to brighten town centre

Local people are set to descend on Eastleigh town centre this weekend to discover an exciting world of FREE performances across the town. Entitled ‘Eastleigh Unwrapped’ the event will include music, storytelling, buskers, street theatre, audio tours, explosive dance, circus fusion and acrobatics at locations around the town centre. The renowned Scarabeus Aerial Theatre will…

Eastleigh’s creatives at heart of Town Centre

Eastleigh’s latest creative hub – The Sorting Office – was launched last week by world famous designer Wayne Hemingway MBE – the founder of iconic brand ‘Red or Dead’. The Council is leasing the town’s former 1920s sorting office – which lies behind the Post Office in the High Street – from Royal Mail who…