Three days of spectacular public events to showcase Corby at its creative best.
Inspired by recently-discovered photographic collections documenting Corby’s history from the 1880s to the 1980s, Corby’s Cultural Olympiad brings you everything from film premieres to readings of commissioned work from exciting and talented local writers.
& ? A Big Screen outside the Cube
& ? The premiere of the new play by local playwright Paula Boulton (Women of Steel)
& ? Art works on hoardings, shop-fronts and all around the town
& ? Poetry inspired by Corby and its people
& ? 24 Hour Corby – a film showing a day in the life of the town
& ? Sports, heritage and dance events
& ? Historic film and photo material of Corby’s past
& ? A free outdoor family movie screening in partnership with Odeon cinemas
A representative of Corby Borough Council, said:
& We are really excited about the range of events over the weekend. Many of them are free so we hope people will turn out to see the town come alive with Corby-inspired talent!& ?
Partners in the Our Corby project are: Corby Borough Council, Corby Community Arts, Northamptonshire Records Office, Writing East Midlands, Renaissance East Midlands, MLA and Northampton Museums.
Our Corby has funding from the following organisations: Arts Council England, East Midlands, Heritage Lottery Fund, Renaissance East Midlands and Museums Libraries Archives.
Programme of events
The Core, Sat 23 & Sun 24 July*
Heritage is a specially commissioned play inspired by Corby’s history and its many diverse and eccentric characters. In the course of this visual, musical, comic and dramatic extravaganza, you will meet suffragettes, pickaxe-wielding women of the First World War, countesses, school mistresses and a whole social club of argumentative ghosts.
Performed by Corby Women’s Theatre Group alongside guests and musicians from the local community, and directed by renowned local playwright Paula Boulton, Heritage is a celebration of the people who made – and make – Corby what it is today.
The Core, Sun 24 July*
A summer special of The Core’s regular Spoken Word event, with performances of specially commissioned work by critically-acclaimed poet Kevin Fegan and Our Corby Writer-In-Residence Joel Stickley. Headlining the evening will be the screening of new film 24 Hour Corby, a day in the life of the town through the eyes of its residents. Join host Joel Stickley as Word Furnace finishes its first year on a high.
The Plaza, Sat 23rd July*
Our Corby Writer-In-Residence Joel Stickley performs work inspired by Corby’s past and present, accompanied on the big screen by never before seen photos of Corby through history. Expect heroic bin men, phantom theme parks and a taste of local football in 1912.
*The Singing Tree
The Plaza, Sat 23rd July*
Corby is home to people from all over the world, each of them bringing a story with them from the old country. In The Singing Tree, critically-acclaimed midlands poet Kevin Fegan explores these hidden histories, telling the moving stories of Corby’s first and second generation migrant communities as told to him by the people themselves.
*Our Young Corby
Heritage Centre, High Street, Corby Old Village from July 5th*
As part of the Our Corby project, media students from Kingswood School have been working with writer Joel Stickley and digital artists Tom Keene and Kypros Kyprianou to create an amazing collection of films, images and animations inspired by Corby’s history. From ghost stories to reminiscences to alien invasions, this is Corby as you’ve never seen it before.
*Glassball – Places in Time
Sat 23 & Sun 24 July*
Places in Time is a collective expression to cover the creative activities of Glassball over the course of the Our Corby project. From exploring working lives, discovering tales of living history, working with archive cine film and photographs, to hearing people’s thoughts of all things Corby, artworks inspired by these investigations will be on display on site hoardings opposite the Cube and along the now empty shopping centre on Elizabeth Street. Along with these installations, you can have the chance to sample the new audio tour for Corby, produced in collaboration with Joel Stickley, and to continue to add to the growing archive of material by way of creating your own postcards for Corby during the Open Weekend.
*It’s Our Music
Tue 19 – Fri 22 July, The Core*
Young musicians, get involved in this exciting four day residency that brings classical and contemporary music together to create a new sound. Working with musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Big About Music, and directed by Tim Steiner, you will bring your own musical skills and influences to create a new composition, then play it live as the first performance of Corby’s Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend 2011.
Blaze Dance Relay
Come and be part of this exciting dance event taking place outside the Corby Cube at 12pm on Saturday 23rd July and be blown away by an amazing dance performance by the young people of Corby. This will be followed by a mass participation dance performance that everyone can be part of. We are looking for individuals and groups to learn the dance and join in!
For further information, please contact: Jim Grevatte email@example.com 0796 0080304