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Wellness Compass Week 5 – Contemplation Station

Posted by Craig Morrow, 28th May 2020, 15:08pm

Wellness Compass is participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Five – Contemplation Station – NHS Step 4: Pay Attention to the Present Moment (Mindfulness) Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week five’s theme is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is when we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, our body and the world around us. Practices like meditation can help unlock innovation, for example, whilst a creative activity can quiet noisy thoughts that stops us from finding perspective. Indeed, being in the moment, captivated by a performance, or engaged in a creative task, is a really simple way of reaching mindfulness. Certainly, paying attention to the present can help us to enjoy the things that we might have been taking for granted. And we hope that you will join us in turning to culture and creativity to enjoy the now. 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

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Neighbourhood Knowhow

Wellness Compass Week 4 – Neighbourhood Knowhow

Posted by Craig Morrow, 22nd May 2020, 13:45pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Four – Neighbourhood Knowhow – NHS Step 4: Giving to others Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week four’s theme is Giving to others. 18-24 May is Mental Health Awareness Week and so we are exploring how giving to others can help with mental health. An act of kindness can raise our self-esteem, help us to feel connected and give us that all round good feeling. The fantastic thing about this step is that you are not just looking after your own wellbeing, but you’ll be taking care of someone else’s at the same time. No matter how large or small the gesture, it always feels great to know that someone is thinking of you. Whether it’s giving a gift to a family member, volunteering your time in your neighbourhood, or sharing a problem with a friend in your network, there are no end of creative ways to give to others and we want to hear all about your ideas.

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Wellness Compass Week Three – Use Your Loaf

Posted by Craig Morrow, 15th May 2020, 22:18pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Three – Use Your Loaf – NHS Step 3: Learn a new skill Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week three’s theme is Learning a New Skill, a step that has been proven to help your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence, helping you to build a sense of purpose, and connecting with others. With so much culture and creativity all round us it can be difficult to find the things that we enjoy the most and makes us feel good. This week is all about pushing ourselves to try something different, you never know, you might just find something out about yourself that you didn’t know before, and if you’re lucky you might find your new favourite activity. Everyone’s approach to learning is different and it can reward us in so many ways. The brilliant things about learning something creative is that the process is just as important as the end result, so you don’t have to worry about getting

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Wellness Compass Week Two – NogginJogging

Posted by Craig Morrow, 7th May 2020, 23:04pm

Wellness Compass is mass-participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Two – NogginJogging – NHS Step 2: Be Physically Active Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week two’s theme is Being Physically Active. If you’re using culture and creativity creativity to inspire you to be active we would love to see your short video diary demonstrating what you do and why. Being active is great for both body and mind. According to the NHS, it raises our self-esteem, boosts our mood and helps us achieve goals. At Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we feel much the same way about creative activity, so it’s a double helping of positivity this week. 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

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Watch Online: This Week’s Streaming Guide (7 May 2020)

Posted by Craig Morrow, 7th May 2020, 09:13am

Our regular What’s On section during Lockdown compiled by our Artistic Director Craig Morrow. This week we’ve some more classics from National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera, alongside a wonderful adaptation of Angela Carter’s Wise Children. You can explore previous weeks’ highlights here. BBC PERFORMANCE LIVE – WISE CHILDREN   The BBC’s Performance Live series, available on BBC iPlayer, is home to a recording of Emma Rice’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s last novel Wise Children, about twins from a dysfunctional family who pursue a career performing as showgirls   THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! This week’s musical extravaganza is Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical comedy, By Jeeves! Inspired by the works of P. G. Wodehouse. Available online from Friday 8 May at 7pm for 48 hours.   ROYAL OPERA HOUSE – OUR HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE The Royal Opera House is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, and its online streaming schedule makes the most of these prestigious companies’ back catalogue, all available via YouTube.   NATIONAL THEATRE – AT HOME The National Theatre were one of the first arts organisations to regularly live cast their productions, with the NT Live brand

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Wellness Compass Week 1 – Distanced: A Social Guide

Posted by Craig Morrow, 30th April 2020, 22:15pm

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

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Wellness Compass Submission Guide

Posted by Craig Morrow, 30th April 2020, 10:00am

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 Friday 19 June 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

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Watch Online: This Week’s Streaming Guide (26 April 2020)

Posted by Craig Morrow, 26th April 2020, 11:00am

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!

Wellness Compass Project Announced

Posted by Craig Morrow, 24th April 2020, 20:17pm

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.

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PLANNING FOR AUTUMN 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 3rd April 2020, 12:42pm

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

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