Category: Events

Coming soon…The Estuary Fringe

The Estuary Fringe was created with the aim of taking art back from the pretentious art elites who have somehow insinuated themselves into the borough and hand it back to the local community, to everyone, where it belongs.

Dreamt up by four fools from Southend and under the direction of the fringes creative director John Bulley, hold on “creative director”, that’s art bollocks, the fringe is about anarchic fun without the guilt.

The first festival in June 2013 was incredibly successful. Organised in just 7 weeks with no money and no idea what we were letting ourselves in for, we were blown away by just how well it all went, so we have decided to keep doing it.

Over two weeks in August this year’s festival will be bigger and better with even more artist, local, national and international from all genres, painters and musicians, graffiti artists, poets, performance artists, the festival really will have it all as this year we are pleased to announce that we will have theatrical productions and independent films as well.

The 2016 Estuary Fringe Festival will be from Saturday 30th July until Sun 14th August. Come see what’s on and enjoy.

No need to pay £10 + booking fee for tickets, its free… just turn up, join in and have fun…

The Estuary Fringe Production Team….

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sun 09/07/2017 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition

Here’s your chance to find out what Southend In Transition Community Allotment do – if you’re interested in growing your own food as an individual or as a neighbourhood project, there’s a lot you can learn from SiTCA…

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Southend in Transition Community Allotment
(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sun 09/07 10-14

Gardening, watering and lots of vit D:), the Big Bee Count – spot them and record them.

Sun 23/07 10-14

Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 27/07 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavern

Village Green Festival 08/07 Sat 11-9PM

SEEOG Talk – 17/07 Mon 8PM Growing Together Westcliff – The future of organic seed

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and…

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Food Cultures: A Food Plan

Date: Saturday 10th June
Time: 2 -5pm
Venue: Focal Point Gallery, Elmer Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NB

To what extent is the production and consumption of food central to how we experience the place we live in?

How is the food we eat related to wider economic, social and cultural policies?

Find out about local food initiatives and ethical alternatives to multi-national food companies.

Contribute to a discussion about how the future of our food cultures might be changed for the better.

Come and join Club Critical Theory and our special guests for an event all about our food cultures.

There will be talks, discussion, free local food and drink, and a chance to feed into a Food Plan for Southend.

Programme

Event starts at 2pm: Focal Point Gallery

Introduction by Joe Hill: Director of Focal Point Gallery

2.05pm: Andrew Branch (CCT, UEL) and Tony D Sampson (CCT, UEL) introduce CCT and discuss “food” culture as ordinary.

2.20pm: Guest Speaker: Alex Rhys-Taylor (Goldsmiths)

2.25pm: Q&A

2.30pm: Giles Tofield (CCT and Cultural Engine) and Clare Mitchell (Cultural Engine) introduce Southend’s Food Plan

2.40pm: Snack bite talks including – Southend in Transition, Project 49, Urban Farmers, Railway Garden Permaculture project, Mendip Wildlife Garden, Ron Bates (St Lawrence Orchard) and Dean Ward on foodbanks

3.30pm: Food Plan Workshops

Food from Kitchen 49 and Southend in Transition will be available during the workshops washed down by the Cultural Engine’s Southend-on-Seacider

CCT will be back in Sept 2017 with a Seaside Cultures Special

Southend Vegan Fair

We went along to the Southend Vegan Fair today to pick up a few tips and tricks on moving our diet and lifestyle onto a more sustainable, healthy and ethical basis. This event happened in the same month as the Southend Radical Fair so it’s an indication that there are folk in the area promoting sustainable alternatives to the system we have to endure at the moment. Rather than write up our thoughts about the Southend Vegan Fair, these are the thoughts of one of the organisers posted up on their Facebook page:

Well. What can I say? Today was an amazing experience.

All the months of hard work and planning paid off.

The day was a roaring success. At last count I think it was 11 stalls that had sold out of their products.

So many great people in attendance and the vibe was amazing throughout the entire day.

Everyone working together and mucking in has really warmed my heart.

Thank you to everyone that took part by having stalls and attending.

Thanks to the people that helped me when I needed them to! Kelly Fowler, my brother Lewis and of course Cllr. Helen McDonald and my beloved Jim who stepped up last minute.

Massive shout out to Lou from All Glamour No Guts for help, advice and guidance throughout!

As well as Chris Moore of JØTNARR who also gave me advice and help when I needed it!

Extra special thanks to the people of Bellevue Baptist Church for letting us host the event!

This was a really positive day for Southend on Sea. The town I hate to love, but love to hate.

For the animals,

Dean