Thursday, 15 September 2011

Festival Gallery - First Few Days

St Ives September Festival 2011

I've been out enjoying the festival over the last few days, attending various events and viewing some of the many exhibitions.

Along the way I've been taking a few photos and compiling a Festival Gallery on FaceBook.

I'll keep adding to it as the festival progresses.

Take a look - hope you like it. Comments very welcome:

St Ives September Festival - Gallery

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

St Ives Cornwall - Open Studios

Open Studios - St Ives September Festival

Open Studios today around St Ives - with many artists welcoming visitors to see their work.

Many of these are not normally open to the public - so a unique chance to see local artists at work.

Also on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Wednesday 21st September 2011.

More details and a map are on:
St Ives September Festival - Open Studios

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Free Speech - Cafe Art

Free Speech - Charles Shaar Murray - Anna Chen

A new event to add to the festival calendar.

Free Speech at Cafe Art this Friday (16th September) will feature Charles Shaar Murray and Anna Chen - with readings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

Charles will be reading extracts from his recently published Blues-Rock Horror novel The Hellhound Sample.

Anna will be reading her unique brand of satirical poetry and some short stories from her forthcoming anthology  Kicking a Dinosaur.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

September Festival - Opening Day

St Ives September Festival - Flags

I had a wonderful time on the first day of the September Festival.

Headed along the harbour to Norway Square for Poetry and Music in the Square. Saw performance by (among others) - Bob Devereux, Martyn Barker, Gerald Hull and Supurbia.

Poetry and Music in the Square - Martyn Barker
Took a look at the exhibition at St Ives School Of Painting - also enjoyed seeing the newly refurbished studio which looks superb.

St Ives School Of Painting
A "couple" of pints of Rattler at The Sloop and great chat in the company of Rod Bullimore, Charles Shaar Murray, Anna Chen and the guys from Superbia. Then on along St Ives Harbour - where I was hoping to see Boats In The Bay - but only spotted one boat !

St Ives - Boat In The Bay
After that I headed home, then out again to Cafe Art for the opening of their excellent exhibition - Roy Walker:Ten. Pictures of that coming soon.

Click on any of the above pics to enlarge. I've added more photos to:
St Ives September Festival - Gallery

Thursday, 8 September 2011

September Festival - Ticket News

St Ives September Festival 2011

Two event cancellations have been announced today:
  • The Brodsky Quartet and Jacqui Dankworth - Monday 12th September.
  • Stalag Happy - Sunday 18th September

In addition - three of the gigs at St Ives Guildhall are now completely sold out:
  • Show Of Hands - Friday 16th September
  • Seth Lakeman - Saturday 17th September
  • Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - Friday 23rd September
More information on:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

The Mex Restaurant - Festival Offers

The Mex St Ives - September Festival Offers

The Mex Restaurant in St Ives have a special offer for festival-goers - a main course and a drink for just £12.95 - available every evening throughout the festival.

They also have a separate offer - 10% off your bill including drinks - available through September, October and November.

An ideal spot for a pre-show or after-show meal - the restaurant is on Gabriel Street just a stones throw from some of the main Festival venues including St Ives Guildhall, The Western Hotel, St Ives Theatre and and St Ives Arts Club. Open from 5.30 pm until late every day.

To cash in you'll need to download vouchers from:
The Mex Restaurant St Ives - September Festival Offers

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Bobby Wotnot and Friends - Cafe Art

Bobby Wotnot - Cafe Art - St Ives

An evening of Live Electronica by Bobby Wotnot and guest artists - plus guitarist / singer / songwriters Rogue Star.

Cafe Art, Royal Square, St Ives - Wednesday 14th September at 7.30 pm.

Candlelit gig, buffet and bar.

Tickets cost £5.00 (to include buffet).
Available in advance from Cafe Art - 01736 799 450.

More Info:
Cafe Art - FaceBook

Monday, 5 September 2011

Guided Tours Of St Ives

Guided Tours - St Ives Cornwall

Local guide Valerie Hurry will be running Guided Tours Of St Ives throughout the festival.
  • Monday 12th - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Thursday 15th - St Ives In The Frame - Art and Artists.
  • Friday 16th  - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Monday 19th - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Tuesday 20th - Literary Tour - St Ives Writers
  • Thursday 22nd - St Ives In The Frame - Art and Artists.
  • Friday 23rd - St Ives Then and Now - History.
Cost is just £5.00 per person and tours last about an hour and a half with plenty of opportunities to sit. The routes are as level and as easy as is possible in St Ives. No need to book, simply turn up at 11.00 am outside St Ives Guildhall on Street-an-Pol in the centre of town.

It is much more interesting to be shown round town by an experienced guide. You’ll learn things that you can’t pick up on your own and have some fun!

More information is on:
Guided Tours Of St Ives - Website

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Live Music - Caroline Dexter - Seagrass Restaurant

Caroline Dexter - Seagrass Restaurant St Ives

In association with The Unplugged Chameleon - Seagrass Restaurant will be staging Caroline Dexter on Thursday 22nd September at 8.00 pm.

A regular at the monthly Chameleon gigs at St Ives Arts Club - this singer / songwriter will be performing a solo acoustic set.

Seagrass serves modern innovative food using the best Cornish produce. Having opened in May 2011 - the restaurant is already rated by independent reviewers on TripAdvisor as one of the best in St Ives.

Advance booking is strongly recommended. To book a table go to:
Seagrass Restaurant - Reservations

Saturday, 3 September 2011

St Ives Arts Club - Festival Events

A Cornish Life - Tuesday 20th September

St Ives Arts Club have a wonderful and varied programme of events during the festival - encompassing art, film, live music, comedy, poetry and theatre.

One of my favourite festivals venues - atmospheric, small and intimate - plus you can bring your own drinks.

The Members Exhibition opens on Saturday 10th September at 7.00 pm with a party and private view. It is then open every day 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Work in various media including paintings, sculpture, photography and textile art.

There is a short season of Film Noir Movies - The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Double Indemnity and A Touch Of Evil.

The Arts Club Theatre will be hosting three new productions - Botallack O'Clock, Stalag Happy and A Father For My Son.

Plus Comedy , Poetry and Live Music from - Abducted By Humans, The Unplugged Chameleon,  Third Man Theatre Comedy and Music, Cafe Frug and A Cornish Life with Dee and Dave Brotherton.

Tickets are available from St Ives Holidays on St Ives High Street.

Full details of the programme - events and dates - on:
St Ives Arts Club Website

For a pre-show meal - with two special offers for festival goers - and just a one minute walk from the club - check out the great food at:
The Mex Restaurant

Friday, 2 September 2011

Textile Art and Craft Workshops

Silk Paper Bowl - Jo McIntosh

Textile Artist Jo Mcitntosh will be running three Arts Workshops during the festival:
  • Papier-Mâché - Tuesday 13th September
  • Silk Paper Making - Friday 16th September
  • Simple Bookmaking - Friday 23rd September
A chance to l;earn a new skill, have fun and be creative.

More details are on:
Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Free Speech - Cafe Art

Free Speech - Open Session - Cafe Art

Free Speech will be at Cafe Art on Royal Square - every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

An open floor for anyone wishing to share works, perform or do a reading. Come along and be entertained or join in - all welcome.

Also great coffee and cakes - plus the chance to see the exhibition Roy Walker:Ten.

More info on:
Cafe Art St Ives - FaceBook Page