This season, Exeter Phoenix’s music highlights include Mercury-prize winning Nick Mulvey (previously of Portico Quartet), Radio 6 DJ Ben Watt and original members of The Beautiful South performing their much loved songs alongside a programme packed with some of the best instrumentalists and singer songwriters in folk, blues, jazz and world music. Acoustica, in which over sixty acts perform alt-folk and Americana over seven stages, offers a chance to experience the best new talent with a festival vibe, whilst the New Year’s Eve Time Travellers’ Ball invites revelers to party through the decades with live music, DJs and time-warped happenings.
Big comedy names including Paul Foot, Tony Law, Mark Watson, Katherine Ryan and Robin Ince offer plenty of laughs for grown ups, whilst Theatre Alibi’s new show Mucky Pup and Exeter Phoenix’s Christmas show Jabberwocky, provides children over 5 with imaginative and entertaining theatre.
This year’s Exeter Contemporary Open will exhibit work from some of the best emerging contemporary artists around whilst the Two Short Nights Film Festival showcases new short films from all over the globe.
In addition to regular Monday screenings of independent films, there are new special immersive experiences very different from the usual multiplex offering: The screening of Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle – a documentary following the life of the calypso queen of the world – will be followed by a Q and A with the director; the screening of the 1920’s silent film Siliva The Zulu will be accompanied by a live musical score performed on traditional African and Western instruments; Scandiland – a season of Scandinavian and Nordic cinema – will launch with a screening of Troll Hunter in a cabin deep within Haldon Forest.
New one-day classes and seasonal workshops have also been added so in addition to the many different art and digital courses on offer, there is now the chance to learn theatre design, make props, create vintage Christmas cards or make an organic wreath.