New gigs, performances, workshops and much more

Spring 2014 – A New Season for A New Year

It will be a new year and another exciting new season for Exeter Phoenix. As always, there is a programme packed full of music, performances, art, learning and film. We’re known for providing a diverse and eclectic mix of the arts and this season is no different.

The fantastic Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival is back at the end of January/start of February and boasts an impressive line-up that includes well-known comics such as Sean Hughes, Miles Jupp and Alex Horne. Other performance highlights include the premiere of Theatre Alibi’s new show Hammer & Tongs and a performance by the hugely popular standup poet Murray Lachlan Young.

The Vibraphonic Festival also returns with a host of music to bring one city under a groove. Featuring Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show and the reggae icon Lee Scratch Perry it promises to be an amazing celebration of world music. Other big name acts include The Feeling and the ever-popular Mad Dog McRea.

An excellent line-up of Monday film screenings includes Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman starring together in The Railway Man and the new Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom biopic. There is also a special screening of the director’s cut version of Cinema Paradiso, a film often listed in the Top 100 Films of All Time.

Exciting opportunities are available for artists and filmmakers in the new season as Exeter Phoenix Digital’s Short Film Commission will be open to filmmakers with any exciting ideas for projects. A new opportunity is the Artists’ Moving Image Commission for South West based artists interested in creating a moving image artwork.

Exciting art will include Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, a Hayward Touring/Focal Point Gallery exhibition, curated by Andrew Hunt and showcasing a number of artists’ interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marsielle deck of cards. There will also be a new exhibition by S Mark Gubb called History Is Written By The Winners as well as more work by various artists and groups in our other galleries.

Finally Family Sundays have now become Family Saturdays and as part of the change there is a new mix of brilliant workshops and art activities for families to enjoy together. This is in addition to all of the courses and workshops regularly running.

It promises to be an exciting season, one that we hope you will share.

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