Vital Spark Festival: Liskeard’s Fortnight of Creativity!

10th May – 24th May – All Around Town

Celebrating art and creativity in Liskeard through shared work and performances. Loads of activities, shows, exhibitions and more taking place in and around Liskeard. Here’s a quick calendar of goings on around town – look out for posters and have a good browse around their great website which is packed with information about the celebrations:

Explore the caradon trail
Wednesday 14th May 10am

One of series of walks with Mary Westlake exploring the Caradon Trail, covering Wardbrook, Higher Stanbear, Knowle. Meet Hurlers Car Park, Minions. Free, donations welcome.

Friday 16th May on the Liskeard – Looe Branch Line
Tales From The Track

Be beguiled by stories, poetry and music while you travel through beautiful scenery on the Liskeard-Looe line. Performances will take place on the following trains: Liskeard to Looe 9:58 -10:29; Looe to Liskeard 10:32- 11:03; Liskeard to Looe 12:15- 12:46; Looe to Liskeard 12:47- 13:17; Liskeard to Looe 13:19- 13:50; Looe to Liskeard 14:57- 15:25. Join the train at either Looe or Liskeard; performances are free except for the cost of your train ticket.

16th May
Continuum Dance Group will be Performing ‘On The Beach’

A new contemporary dance piece, on Looe Town Beach. There will be two performances, at around 1.15 and 2pm, timed so that ‘Tales From The Track’ travellers can break their journey in Looe and enjoy the performances.

Saturday 17th May 10.30 am – 1.30 pm (drop in)
Words, Words, Words – Seasons Bistro, Baytree Hill, Liskeard

Join us to celebrate words with coffee, cakes and good company. Meet local authors, bring a book to share, meet friends, make friends and discover new books in a cosy relaxed atmosphere. Free.

Saturday 17th May 2014, 3pm – 4.30pm
Create a Book – The Long Room, Liskeard Public Hall


£2 per child & accompanying adult. Aimed at ages 5 – 9. Have great fun as you make & write your own unusual book! Places limited, booking essential, Contact Anne on 01579 362068 or e-mail annehugstara@gmail .com

Saturday 17th May 2014, 7.30pm
Matt Harvey in Performance – Wondermentalist – Liskerrett Community Centre


Performance poet Matt Harvey brings his hit Edinburgh Show to Liskeard. A comedy infused, poetically enhanced, fundamentally wonder-filled show.Tickets £8, concessions £6 from Liskerrett Community Centre 01579 340307. Bar available.

Thursday 22nd May 7.30pm
Man at Sea – Speakeasy at the Hub Cafe, Liskerrett Community Centre

Man At Sea charts the amazing return of Odysseus to his beloved against all the odds, plagued by the elements, monsters, Gods and ghosts. Using soundscapes, movement and recitation, this is a vibrant telling of this ancient and wild legend by storytellers Sharon Carr and Dawn Powell. Tickets £5 from Liskerrett Community Centre

Saturday 24th May, 7.00pm
The Big Vital Spark Party – with The Gumbo Flyers
Liskerret Centre

High energy Cajun and Zydeco music for listening and dancing.Tickets £6, concessions £5 from Liskerrett Community Centre, Looe Tourist Information Centre and Liskeard Town Information Centre. Enjoy a delicious, homemade meal in The Hub Café from 5pm. Advance booking essential by 16th May, Liskerrett Community Centre 01579 340307.

Vital Spark on the Streets

Look out for music, dancing, sculpture and fun on the streets of Liskeard on Saturday mornings during the Festival fortnight!

Art Exhibition – Stuart House, Liskeard
Monday 19th May – Friday 23rd May, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Drop in to see the exhibition of artwork made during the Vital Spark 2014 project. Launch evening: Monday 19th May, 5.30 – 7.30pm. Lunchtime sessions: join us in Stuart House at 12.30 each day for informal talks and music. Programme at
Entry free, donations welcome.

Konnichiwa Kernow! – Play It Again Theatre
Fridays 16 and 23 May 10am to 2pm

Bringing Japanese culture to Kernow. In August, there will be an exciting community theatre production in the Liskerrett Community Garden – but we need your help!

Men In Sheds – The Kamishibai Cart Project: Main Hall, Liskerrett Community Centre. Help us construct a Kamishibai Storytellers Cart for our theatre set. If you’re handy with a hammer or super with a saw, why not bring your toolboxes and overalls (and spare bike wheels and wood scraps if you have any!) and join us for a constructive few hours.
Fridays 16 and 23 May 10am to 2pm

Yukata Costume Making: Caradoc Room, Liskerrett Community Centre. Help us make Japanese-style costumes such as Yukata Kimonos for the performers and audience. Keen Japanese seamstress Kasumi Murphy will guide the group, so just come along with your sewing boxes,(and sewing machines and spare material if you have any) to find out more about making these elegant, yet simple casual kimonos.

Monday 19 May 7pm – 9pm
Japanese Calligraphy and Haiku Workshop, Liskeard Methodist Hall

Advance booking essential on 07974 110137 (preference given to 12 to 18 year olds).
Join Chris Prindl, local potter and teacher of Japanese, to discover more about the intricacies of Japanese writing. Try your hand at using calligraphy brushes to get a feel for the Japanese alphabets and also discover Haiku, short poems inspired by nature. Free, donations welcome


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