Wednesday, 01 February 2012
Oxford City Council: Dancin' Oxford, the Town Hall Gallery and May Morning
Dancin' Oxford 2012
18 February – 28 March 2012
Dancin’ Oxford is one of the UK’s premier dance events, providing opportunities for all to engage in dance through an exciting programme of participatory activity and performance.
Now in its sixth year, the festival’s line up has grown to include over 30 events, ranging from vibrant, high quality performances by professional artists, to workshops, films, taster sessions, and even a conference! This year, Arts Council England has also awarded the festival additional funding to support a brand new aerial dance commission, as well as the country’s first innovative digital dance trail.
So whether you are 5 or 95, an experienced dancer or a newcomer, there is plenty on offer to whet your appetite. Go on...have a go!
For full programme details, follow this link.
Dancin' Oxford is organised by Oxford City Council's Dance Officer (Claire Thompson), and is co-funded and supported by Oxford City Council.
Exhibitions at the Town Hall Gallery
Throughout February and March 2012
The Town Hall Gallery features a regularly changing programme of community focused exhibitions alongside an exciting range of family friendly activities.
The current exhibition is Persecution & Survival (Monday 16 January – Saturday 10 March 2012) which explores the life of Professor Paul Jacobsthal, a Celtic archaeologist who fled Nazi Germany in 1936. Follow Jacobsthal’s story from Germany to Oxford, through internment and the war. Find out about life as a refugee in Oxford in World War II, through film, oral history, smells and family craft activities.
The exhibition has been created by the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford with support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
During the February half term the Gallery also offers drop-in family arts and crafts at the Creation Station. Find out about the special children's World War II ‘Mickey Mouse’ gas masks and make a paper one to take home, or make a 'make do and mend' puppet. The activities are available in the Gallery on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February 2012 and cost £1.50 per pack.
For more information about the Town Hall Gallery, follow this link.
Celebrate May Morning in Oxford
1 May 2012
May Morning in Oxford is a traditional celebration of the coming of spring and brings together Oxford’s communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry from around the city. The celebrations start at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. Magdalen Bridge will be open to pedestrians and closed to traffic on May Morning to enable everyone to enjoy the singing in comfort and safety. The bridge will re-open to traffic between 8.30am and 9am.
There will also be May Day events and activities taking place across the city with Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street being particular 'hot-spots' of activity. There will be lots of folk music, Morris dancing and lots of places to grab an early breakfast!!