The people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Over a six-week period from Friday 1 May 2020, participants are encouraged to document themselves undertaking cultural and creative activities, and to submit these short videos as part of a mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. Week One – Distanced: A Social Guide – NHS Step 1: Connecting with other people Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week one’s theme is Staying Connected. If you’re using creative activity to keep in contact with friends, loved ones, and your wider community we would love to see your short video diary demonstrating what you do and why. It could be a quiz night, a virtual pub, or a shared creative video project. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to get the ball rolling. What we are really interested in is the approach of our community members. We want to hear your stories, hear see creative adventures and learn from your
Due to the ongoing global pandemic Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed the temporary cessation of all venue-based activities has been extended. The stage is set to remain dark until the end of the summer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed, due to the likelihood of ongoing social distancing measures being in force throughout the summer. The venue had previously closed on 16 March for an initial twelve-week period in line with Government advice but as the pandemic has worsened the venue has extended this up until 31 August 2020. All visiting companies and community hirers have been informed and where possible rescheduled. The venue is currently in the process of contact audience members to arrange for a transfer of tickets or a refund. Some audience members have even chosen to donate the value of their tickets, which has been gratefully received. In a statement Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “The safety and health of all of our staff, visiting companies, artists, and audiences is of the utmost priority. Given the lack of guidance to the live events sector regarding what sort of measures should be in place after Lockdown ends we have decided to acknowledge the likelihood that restrictions
Each week we will focus on one of the NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing and how culture and creativity can help us nurture wellness together. Each week we are asking you to capture yourself on film enjoying a cultural and creative activity and how it relates to the step of that week. Week One: Distanced: A Social Guide – NHS Step 1: Connecting with other people (submissions open 1 May 2020) Week Two: NogginJoggin – NHS Step 2: Be physically active (submissions open 8 May 2020) Week Three: Use Your Loaf – NHS Step 3: Learn a new skills (submissions open 15 May 2020) Week Four: Neighbourhood Knowhow – NHS Step 4: Give to others (submissions open 22 May 2020) Week Five: Contemplation Station – NHS Step 5: Pay attention to the present moment (submissions open 29 May 2020) Week Six: Cognition Ignition – Long term wellness: Continuing creative wellbeing in a sustainable way (submissions open 5 June 2020) All submissions should be received by 1 July 2020. HOW TO CREATE YOUR VIDEO First Step Try and position your camera so that it is recording in landscape format and make sure that the space is well lit (depending on your
Welcome to our regular What’s On section during Lockdown compiled by our Artistic Director Craig Morrow: For this Lock-in Guide we’re going in hard with the Shakespeare. Renaissance theatre is a passion of mine and given that 23 April was the anniversary of the Bard’s birth it seems fitting. To commemorate this theatrical red-letter-day a wealth of great performance has been released or re-released online and so I thought I’d take the time to pick out some personal highlights. BBC CULTURE IN QUARANTINE The BBC has curated an iPlayer box set of Shakespeare, from the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe’s archive, along with a special adaptation of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Romeo & Juliet, filmed on location in Hungary. SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE ONLINE Alongside the productions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream available as part of the BBC’s offerings, Shakespeare’s Globe productions are also available via their YouTube Channel CBEEBIES’ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Fairies, magic, celebration and comical confusion in a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare, available on iPlayer!
CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN NEW CREATIVE WELLBEING PROJECT On Friday 24 April Lincoln Performing Arts Centre announced the launch of its WELLNESS COMPASS project. Led by venue producer Dawn Richmond-Gordon, this community project is a fun, enriching, creative guide to finding wellbeing together, and is looking for local participants. You would be mistaken for thinking that with the closure of theatres, museums, libraries, and galleries our access to creativity has become limited, when in fact the flurry of artistic activity since Lockdown proves that it is all around us and always has been. It is in this spirit of cultural democracy that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre invites you to participate in a project celebrating creativity in the everyday. Participants are being asked to document their creativity in series of videos inspired by the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing, with submissions set to be collated into a final artwork and wellbeing guide – a community resource for now and the future. In a time when our appreciation for the NHS is at the forefront of our minds, it seems very fitting that we recognise the NHS’s longstanding and sound guidance for wellbeing, not only during this difficult time, but always.
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has decided to extend the booking window for its advance ticket offer for both Christmas shows this year. Although Christmas is over half a year away, audiences often like to get their annual festive treat booked into the diary extra early, and to help even more people do so Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has extended its early bird ticket offer until 31 August. Tickets for both productions, a brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Iceberg!, a studio show for younger audiences, have 25% Off all tickets when using promocode EARLYBIRD at the online checkout. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 11-24 December 2020 Four Ghosts are about to take Scrooge on a journey to his past, present and future and open his eyes – and his heart – to the true meaning of Christmas. Join us for this fun, brash and irreverent re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story. This new adaptation from our Artistic Director Craig Morrow, features new original music from composer Mark Wilde and is an ideal spooky festive treat for all the family. ICEBERG! 16 Dec – 5 January 2021 Once upon a time, in the land far to the north of here,
Although the current season is a write-off we’re not letting COVID-19 get us down and so we are taking time to plan ahead for the future. There’s been some discussion about what shape the autumn/winter season should take, about whether we should scale things back or whether we should carry on as we would have; in such uncertain times it’s unclear what the right choice might be. One thing is certain, however, even if we scale back our programme we won’t be scaling back our ambition. PopOut Festival Associate Producer Kate Newman is already pulling together some exciting plans for this year’s event, running from 26 Sept – 9 Oct, working with our Artistic Director Craig Morrow to plan pop-up performance in a number of new sites around the city. “We’re really hopeful that we can pull off something special,” says Kate, “PopOut Festival is all about taking creativity outside of traditional theatre spaces and we’ve some really great ideas that we want to bring to fruition in unusual places so stay tuned for announcements.” Craig agrees, “Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is all about working with our communities to make our city our stage and PopOut is the perfect way
Dawn Richmond-Gordon, our Young Audiences & Engagement Producer launched our Online Youth Theatre this Friday, 3 April 2020. Normally at this time of year our fantastic group of creative teenagers would be working together towards their July show from one of our rehearsal rooms, but the coronavirus pandemic has understandably put a stop to that. However, from this week our participants will be able to join us from their homes, on their phones or computers; engaging in group conversation, writing and reading scenes for their show (still scheduled for July) and sharing feedback. As Dawn says: “It’s not the same as being in a room together but it’s not too dissimilar from the way we would usually work together during the creative process. Our young participants always take an active leadership role in devising the show’s content and this online approach allows us to continue to collaborate.” These online sessions take place every other Friday, and on the Fridays, that they do not meet, the youth theatre members undertake tasks ready to share at their next session. It’s great that technology enables the group to stay connected and enjoy a collective creative project together – we can’t wait to see
With the UK currently under Lockdown Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has been been thinking how best we can continue to operate as an arts centre in a virtual space and has begun to publish a special e-newsletter as a starting point for bringing together ideas of how we can stay creative as a community. Inside you’ll find video performance, project updates, and tips on the best culture to view online and where. So if you have a spare few minutes and find yourself looking for something to read in your inbox then we hope our Creative Lockdown Newsletter is a useful diversion. To receive the newsletter visit our mailing list sign up page here.