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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Be bold and explore your creative side

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Residents across Stockton Borough are being encouraged to be bold and explore their creative side in a series of new arts workshops for all ages.

Stockton Council’s libraries are working with ARC to host the range of exciting workshops where residents can develop their writing, singing and music skills.

The sessions are part of BOLD, a national arts-led festival of performances, events and workshops made by, with and for older community members, but the library sessions held by Stockton Council are open to everyone. The festival has older people at its heart, celebrating their creativity and rich experiences with audiences and participants across all generations.

Over the coming weeks there will be a range of creative workshops by professional artists and performers. People are invited to have a go at a variety of arts activities from singing, playing the ukulele and arts and crafts.

The workshops are open to all ages. They invite participants to challenge stereotypes of aging and share creative ideas between all generations.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: “We are delighted to be working with ARC to host these exciting workshops in libraries. The fun and friendly sessions are a wonderful opportunity to try something new, meet people and celebrate creative talent in the wider community. Come along and have a go.”

The sessions will be held at the following Stockton Borough libraries:

• Family Creative Arts
Ingleby Barwick Library
2pm – 3.30pm, Saturday 27 September

• Family Ukulele
Egglescliffe Library
10.30am – 12pm, Tuesday 30 September

• Family Singing
Thornaby Library at Riverbank Children’s Centre
10am – 11am, Thursday 2 October

There will also be a special talk with the Monday Group at Fairfield Library on Monday, 29 September. Visitors will have a chance to learn more about BOLD Festival and ARC’s Silver Programme, which supports older people to remain active, socially connected and feeling well through a responsive creative learning programme. The talk will begin at 10am.

Bradford based company Freedom Studios have developed BOLD Festival with ARC Stockton, The Ukranian Centre in Bradford and the Albany Theatre in London.

All activities are free of charge. Spaces are limited so booking is advisable.

To find out more and book your place, visit, or pop into any library in the Borough. 

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