Conscious Links Youth Unity Day is a day festival to celebrate organisations who work to bring communities together through the power of music and sport. As well as football and rugby, the music throughout the day will be off the wall, delivered from a selection of the UK’s finest DJ’s, MC’s, and producers, and joined by live artists. Comedian MR CEE and his friends will be bringing comedy and spoken word, and graffiti artist Eine will be painting. Eine is looking forward to talking to young people about his journey through graffiti, and how art can be used to channel positive messages.
Entry to the festival is free, but you must register in advance.
THIS SATURDAY 22nd June, 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Central Park, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, RM10 7EU
with Michael Fish bringing us four seasons in one day, and Dominos pizza continuing to smash out the two for one deals, we at SIN Cru HQ thought it was time to dust off our abacus. To celebrate the final week of math GCSE exams for 2019, we have managed to collectively count to three to present the Summer Term Triple Threat: three four week courses to satisfy and challenge every member of the family.
FRIDAYS 21st, 28th June, and 5th, 12th July
Hip Hop Tots| 3.15pm – 4.15pm| music, movement, and art for 0-6yr olds| £30
Foundation| 4.30pm – 6.00pm| pure B-Boy technique suitable for 7yr olds to adults| £42
Sweat Fresh| 6.15pm – 7.15pm| retro stand up hip hop dance, fitness, and fun for adults| £35
And if that wasn’t enough excitement, we are also running a competition to find the world’s bestest running man. To enter, upload a short video of yourself doing the best ORIGINAL running man. Post with most likes wins £10 FullyDipped voucher and all the kudos of being the G.O.A.T for a day. Share to SIN Cru Insta / Facebook by tagging us in your post and use the hashtag #SINCruComp.
To register, or for further info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are all very excited that Fly No Filter company manager, Dr Lise Smith-Graham-Smith aka Spice, will be returning to the stage for one run only…
A year and a half ago Lise turned her early-parenting blog into a dance theatre piece, Baby Plus Two. We are delighted to shout loud that the updated piece is hitting the Blue Elephant Theatre this week: 29th -31st May, in a double-bill with Julia Masli’s LEGS.
After eighteen months of the beautiful Jodie playing Lise’s onstage avataar, ably channeling all her post-natal woe and joy and anxiety and joy and angst and joy again… Lise has decided to bite the bullet and step up. This is not only an opportunity to catch Baby Plus Two in its new revised and developed version, it’s also a really quite extremely rare opportunity to see Lise on stage.
The development of Fly No Filter‘s performance installation, Only When Its Feathers are Grown, has been a conscious partnership with the subconscious. Artistic Director Lucy Crowe spoke to Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Dr Nyangereka in a seminar about creative process and psychology in performance. The seminar was part of the project’s community engagement programme which ran across two centres – Abington Woods and Cambridge University’s Faculty of English. If you weren’t able to catch the seminar live at the Judith E. Wilson studio, we have now uploaded it on youtube. Would be very interested to hear your comments, either on this blog, or on the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJe5RlmF0rY
SIN Cru friend, supporter, and all round Superstar, Miss Dam James is walking her truth in organising a Gurdjieff seminar at the end of July. George Gurdjieff was a mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer who drew on Eastern traditions and was responsible for bringing these ideas to the West in the 1920s. His work trains the development of consciousness through innovative group and individual practise, using music, movement, and writings. The Sacred Dances and Ideas seminar is a residential retreat, dedicated to the practical application of the teachings of George Gurdjieff and J.G Bennett.
With teachers Jose Reyes and Katiuska Ortega from the Dominican Republic, this is shaping up to becoming an international event not to be missed. The days will be filled with morning meditation, good food, movement workshops, Zikr meditation, and considering ways to lead a more aware and balanced life.
To book, or for further information, please email: email@example.com
Family budget restrictions meant we had no previous plans for the Easter break so when we saw the free community events posted on Facebook we were so excited. My son loved the open company class sessions that were held and felt that he learned a lot of new b-boyin skills.
The setting of the various events held at Abington Woods was gorgeous and we enjoyed being active and outdoors in the woods immensely. Children really enjoyed using the iPad to film the performers in the woods.
Attending the Creative Meditation sessions led by Lucy and Dr Michelle were of such high quality and helped us learn the value of meditation, yoga and being mindful. My son said he also enjoyed taking part in the sessions too and liked the yoga stretches a lot.
Thank you so much to all the crew and we hope that there may be more opportunities to take part in similar community events at Abington Woods again.
We have been closing our Only When Its Feathers are Grown creation days with Yinspired Stretch and Re-set; an hour of held poses, deep breathwork, and surrender. Our practise comes from the Yin Yoga concept of universal connectivity and an awareness to inner silence. The physical aims of Yin are to increase circulation in the joints to improve flexibility by holding stretches for several minutes. The practise of long-held poses was introduced to the West in North America in the 1970s by a martial artist Paulie Zink. He had developed his practise under Master Cho Chat Ling, a specialist in Monkey Kung Fu. Today Lauren became Roni, became the Monkey King and with the help of a group of enthused young people, we filmed Roni the Monkey King flying through the trees and jumping across the rooves of shipping containers.
London the Husky slept very well in the yurt last night, and we started our first full day back in the woods, insulated with shedded siberian dog hair. At 7.30am we opened with candle-lit Creative Meditation. Focussing on the breath, we calmed our minds to simply observe the experience. Breathing through our noses allowed our lungs more time to extract oxygen from our inhalation, helping to slow everything down. We considered the benefits of dissolving thoughts, and wondered what it means to create a beautiful space, beyond structure and interior design. While we chanted, the dog dosed on the sofa, and we were held in a state of peacefulness. Chanting has been scientifically proven to stimulate the limbic system, naturally supporting the regulation of emotions, and as we embark on the creative phase of Only When Its Feathers are Grown, we know we are headed for a rollercoasterwhiplash. Our project is to create a performance installation on the theme of the descent – a psychological process which strips you of everything you have ever known, smashes you to the floor, skins you, rolls you in chicken feathers, and leaves you for a rabid dog. Somewhere in our essence, we find our own capacity to transform. This is our story.
Creative Meditation open to drop-ins, tomorrow, Thursday and next week Tuesday – Thursday 7.30am at Abington Woods, Church Lane, Little Abington. Bring a blanket.
Circuit HBK are leading a free creative workshop for young people. Drop-in to this exciting character generating costume workshop. Explore and play with new materials while connecting with the people and stories around you. No experience needed, you will be guided by members of Circuit HBK, a group of young people based at Hinchingbrooke School. This drop-in workshop will run from 2pm – 5pm at the Godmanchester Baptist Church and is completely FREE. Event run as part of The Bridge Arts Festival.