Hello everyone, and welcome to our September 2021 Wycombe Arts Centre wrapup post!
As always, it’s been a busy month for us, covering everything from live music and standup comedy to Heritage Day, our workshop programme, a book launch, Deer Spirit Events’ Mind Body Spirit Show and more.
Read on to find out what happened over the last month and what we’ve got coming up in October and beyond!
Looking back at September
September kicked off with us taking delivery of a giant wooden chair! Used as part of the My Wycombe Heritage Day, it’s since been decorated by Dan Wilson of Decreate and will be on permanent display in our Garden Space.
Heritage Day itself took part on Sunday 12th December and was arranged by our friends at HWBIDCo/My Wycombe. It ran from 11 AM – 4 PM around the Guildhall and featured the traditional mayor weighing plus a heritage trail for kids, heritage walks led by Wycombe Society, medieval entertainment, bodgers, Morris dancers, workshops and more.
Speaking of Dan/Decreate, we bumped into the man himself as he was working on a new mural round the corner from the arts centre, and you can check out some photos of that here. It’s part of an ongoing project to create a street gallery along Desborough Road.
On Saturday September 4th, we welcomed Cally Trench and Jane Glennie to Wycombe Arts Centre for a talk about Cally’s new book, 105 Artists’ Hands: Touch Tell Create. It was a fascinating, insightful discussion, made even better because Dr. C baked up a storm in the form of some cakes!
On Sunday 19th September, we welcomed Deer Spirit Events to Wycombe Arts Centre for their Mind Body Spirit Show! Don’t worry if you missed it, though, because they’re coming back in November and so you’ll have another chance to check out the local and hand-made products they have on offer.
We were also proud to welcome the Maz Manzini Band to our Theatre Space on Friday 24th September. The gig was to promote the launch of Maz’s second album, Nightingales, and featured support from Harry Quinn and San Demas.
And on Saturday 25th November, Chuckl presented their stand-up comedy night at Wycombe Arts Centre featuring Terry Alderton, Marcel Lucont, Ola Labib and David Mills. It was a hilarious night full of belly laughs and banter, and we’re looking forward to them coming back in November, where the guest comedians will be Luisa Omielan, Ben Norris, Alice Brine and Paul Pirie.
And then, of course, we had our regular events like our open mic night and Sunday jam, as well as Roundabout Creative Theatre, the Rock Project, Humming Bee Yoga’s Hatha Yoga and the relaunch of Wycombe’s #1 under-18s open mic night, Guitari Lounge.
Finally, our friends at HMV High Wycombe reached out to us to let us know that they’re on the lookout for local bands and musicians with CDs and/or vinyl that they can stock in store. Stop by for a chat (and tell them that we sent you) or find out more on their website.
Coming up in October
As you can see from our calendar, we’ve got a bunch of great events coming up in October (and beyond). Here are just a few of the events that we’re looking forward to:
Accessible Disco (Friday October 1st): The accessible disco at Wycombe Arts Centre takes place every first friday of the month from 7 PM to 11 PM, starting on Friday October 1st!
Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre (Sunday October 3rd): We have a different theme each month and take YOUR film suggestions before putting them to a public vote. Join the Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre Facebook group to see what this month’s film is and to have your say ahead of future events.
The Six:Fiftys and Chasing Violet (Saturday 9th October): Get ready for an evening of well-known rock, pop and alternative music from two great local bands – Chasing Violet and The Six:Fiftys – for only £6.50.
Big People Party (Saturday 16th October): Back in Time promotions presents Big People Party: Strictly Back in Time Music! The evening edition with the ethos of “no music after the year 2,000 allowed”, Big People Party will feature strictly back in time music all night long. You can expect to hear reggae, lover’s rock, revival and a touch of everything else made before the year 2,000.
Indie Night (Saturday 23rd October): Are you a fan of original indie rock music? Have you missed live music? Then you need to book tickets and get down to Wycombe Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd October for a triple treat of local bands to blow those cobwebs from your ears and get your feet tapping and head bopping. All three bands hail from Buckinghamshire and can’t wait to get back on stage after this long period away from gigging.
#BreakingBarriers6: Body Positivity Through Creativity (Wednesday 27th October): This event is based on body positivity through creativity and workshops will be delivered on the topic through photography discussions, art and graffiti. Workshop providers include Fitness Garden, Flux Photography, Bubble Gum Print, Demografix and Decreate.
Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre (Friday 29th October): Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre will be screening your choice of Halloween horror, with special introduction by Ash Darkwood, paranormal investigator, actor, stunt performer and professional wrestler. Ash has more than ten years experience working in the UK scare industry and is the founder of Darkwood Productions, an immersive scare events company and skare skool.
Writers’ Group (Saturday October 30th): Join Michelle Christopher for a session on An Introduction to Journalling for our second writing workshop.
Bare Jams Plus Support (Saturday October 30th): Bare Jams captures the sounds of that one summer youll never forget. Starting out as the passion project of Ollie Coombes and Sam James, the band has grown and evolved from the modest duo busking in 2011, into the full fat festival force it is today. Now a six strong collective, the members come together to blend a tight fusion of genres, seamlessly mixing flavours of reggae, dub, soul, pop and ska into a unique, collaborative sound.
We’re always looking for people who are interested in volunteering or helping out, whether you’re interested in hosting events or whether you’re just looking to get more involved in the local artistic community.
Please do get in touch if you have anything to share! In the meantime, you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for further updates. We look forward to seeing you again soon!