Alumni Pub Nights

The next Pub Night will be on Tuesday 30 January with the theme of business start-up. This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni and current Kent students and catch up on news from Kent.

The Kent Hub for Innovation and Enterprise will be joining us to talk about how you can start your own business and what help the University can give students, staff and alumni.

Come along to find out about business start-up workshops, online modules, mentors and workspace facilities that may help you get your business going. You’ll also get the chance to hear from and speak to Kent graduate, David Browne, who started his own business with help from the University so it will be great for those who are not sure where to start or those just starting. David founded Convert Energy, a renewable energy design and project management company based in Canterbury, with his business partner Ben Glancy.

We will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on Tuesday 30 January from 18.00 – 20.00. Please still come along even if you aren’t thinking of starting your own business to meet with current students and fellow alumni! Register here to get your first drink free.

 

Success Project – Inspiring Speaker

Inspiring Speaker – Colin Colas. Thursday 18th January 12:30 – 14:00 in the Moot Room, Wigoder building.

Title: What I wish I knew at university: Thinking Globally and Never say Never

https://inspirationalspeakers.eventbrite.co.uk

Colin will speak about fresh, new and effective approaches to attract, capitalise and create career opportunities, including the power of networking. He will share his tips for overcoming challenges to achieve success and for transitioning from university into a successful career.

Colin is in the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Ministry of Justice and is heading to the Foreign Office next, to work on international development projects across Asia-Pacific and East Africa. Previously he spent two years studying Mandarin in China having won a scholarship from the Chinese government, where he launched an entrepreneurship event sponsored by the British Consulate in Shanghai and he has valuable experience in business development and marketing communications.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/colin-colas-55a76083/

FACT Festival!

Call for performances

FACT Festival, organised by the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest announces the call for student-led creations to be presented during the next edition of FACT, held between 1st and 4th February 2018.

FACT (Festival, Arts, Cinema, Theatre), a festival for European theatre academies, is unique because of its focus on both theatre and film, with artistic events and workshops. The main goal of FACT is to give an opportunity for Hungarian and foreign students to show their works in theatre and film to an international audience, to take part in workshop productions, and to forge long-term professional relationships with
other artists. The organisers of FACT closely collaborate with partner universities from all over Europe.

Beside the performances proposed by the partner universities, we intend to give the opportunity also to the students themselves to apply with their own initiatives, as we share the conviction that student-led activities are extremely important elements of the high education in art.

What we are looking for:
– small-format and technically easy performances initiated and created by students.
– performances can be created by the students from the same academy or collaborations of students from different schools.

What we offer:
– venue and technical equipments to present the performance once in frame of FACT Festival.
– accommodation and subsistence for 3 days for up to 6 participants (including performers, technicians, other contributors).
– free ticket to the performances of FACT festival:
Please note that the festival does not cover the participants’ travel costs.

You can apply by sending:
– full record of the performance.
– written presentation of the initiative, the participants and the performance,
– technical rider.

Please apply by sending your application material to nanay.fanni@szfe.hu.
DEADLINE: 30 November 2017
The list of selected performances will be announced by 10th December.

Disability History Month events

In Student Support & Wellbeing we’ve been working on an exciting line up of events to mark Disability History Month (22 November to 22 December), which this year has an Arts focus. Activities include art exhibitions, musical performances, talks, workshops, performance art, film screenings, a comedy night, as well as an exploration of gaming accessibility and design, all free to staff, students and the local community.

The full programme of events is available at www.kent.ac.uk/dhm, but there are various events we think Arts staff and students may be particularly interested in…

‘Adventures of a Super Aspie Girl’ by Annette Foster

Friday 24 November, 18:00 – 19:00 in Lumley Theatre

 Human Microphone

Thursday 23rd November, 16:30 Outside Senate Building; Tuesday 28 November 14:30 Keynes Duck Pond; Tuesday 5 December 14:30 Plaza

Join us for a series of collaborative performances inspired by Gandhi and harnessed by the horizontal protest groups of Occupy at Wall Street. The Human Microphone creates a space for us to speak as individuals, but also speak as a community. To come together and amplify each other’s voices. To make the ‘invisibles’ visible. To celebrate disability and challenge disablism. To come together as one and speak for the many.

 Professor Mike Oliver: Distinguished Visitor Lecture – ‘Disability History, Bleeding Hearts and Parasite People’

Wednesday 29 November 18.00 to 19.00 Grimond Lecture Theatre 1

(Free to attend REGISTER HERE MIKE OLIVER LECTURE)

Professor Oliver, an academic, author and disability rights activist, will speak of how from small beginnings at the university, and elsewhere, the social model of disability has had a profound effect on disability consciousness and a significant influence on social policies.  He says vicious attacks have been launched on the living standards and lifestyles of disabled people and his talk will explain what’s really happening to disabled people in 21st century Britain.

 Mustard Seed Singers Concert

Tuesday 5 December, 17:15 – 18:00 (followed by mulled wine and mince pies reception from 18:00), Colyer-Fergusson Hall

The Mustard Seed Singers is a charity comprised of singers with mental health difficulties or those affected by it, e.g carers, relatives and friends.

 

Mental health Stigma Workshop with Chloe Farahar

Wednesday 6 December, 13:00 – 15:00, Cornwallis East Seminar Room 1

(Free to attend, REGISTER HERE MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP)

 

Fighting Instinct: Challenging game design in a sighted world

Wednesday 6th December, 15:00 – 17:00, Studio 2 Jarman

Join us for an afternoon exploring gaming accessibility, Killer Instinct (contains strong violence) and what it takes to compete with sighted gamers when you have no sight yourself.

 

Little Tich: ‘Size and Identity’ talk by Olly Double and Jonjo Brady

Thursday 7 December, 12:00 – 13:00, Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1

 

Melzebra – a music performance by saxophonist Mel Dawkins

Friday 8th December, 13:00 – 14:00, Colyer-Fergusson Foyer

 

For further information please contact us at DHM2017@kent.ac.uk.

The Moving Reverie – 2018 London Mime Festival

THE MOVING REVERIE – 2018 London Mime Festival

“It was a full-on, completely practical, full of knowledge week.” – Workshop participant, 2017 London International Mime Festival.

Week-long open workshop THE MOVING REVERIE
January 8th to 12th 2018
10am – 5pm
£250 – £275 for the full course – BOOK A PLACE

To have an idea; to hesitate and stop; to question; to decide; to stop again and doubt; to check… The actor on stage lives through all these different ways of thinking second by second. The challenge is to allow all these inner impulses and ideas to flow into expression and become visible to the audience.

In this week-long workshop designed for professional and semi-professional performers, participants will immerse in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Etienne Decroux’s Corporeal Mime and explore how to give physical shape and theatrical rhythm to these impulses.

Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician. He formed Theatre Re in 2009 and has been directing and performing in all the company’s productions to date. He is also an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A and is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally.

There are limited places on the workshop so we recommend booking as soon as you are able to.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

PhD Information event: School of Arts

If you are considering staying on to do a PhD in the School of Arts, you are encouraged to come to a PhD Information Event which will take place at

5-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017 in Jarman Studio 5, with Maurizio Cinquegrani, School Director of Graduate Studies

The session will cover topics such as

  • how to write a good research proposal
  • how to find a supervisor
  • how to apply for a place on the programme
  • how to apply for scholarships and funding

We hope to see you there.

Voila! Europe

Voila! Europe, London’s language-barrier-busting theatre festival, is back with multilingual plays from the UK and the continent this autumn!

Bigger and bolder, this non-Brexit-fearing event brings 30 companies to three venues, showcasing the best of what European theatre has to offer!

This year you’ll find shows in French, Greek, Czech, Polish, Italian, and English, as well as plays without words using body language or some mixing multiple languages in one!

The companies are exploring themes of belonging, displacement, climate-change, money, power, identity, discrimination and more, in a variety of genres from comedy, to improvisation, puppetry, dance, documentary theatre, classics and poetry.

Check out the program on www.voilaeuropefestival.com (student discounts apply!)

8-18 November @ The Cockpit, Etcetera Theatre, Applecart arts.

Canterbury Sound event

The term ‘Canterbury sound’ is used to refer to the signature psychedelic and progressive rock developed by artists such as Caravan and Soft Machine. The event “Canterbury Sound: Place, Music and Myth” explores Canterbury as a metaphor and reality, a symbolic space of music inspiration. The discussion and performance event will take place on Saturday 28 October at Augustine Hall in Canterbury. For tickets and key details, visit: canterbury.ac.uk/canterburysound

The programme includes performances from the SoupSongs, assembled with the participation of ‘Canterbury Sound’ founding figure Robert Wyatt, experimental band Lapis Lazuli who recently worked with Gong and Acid Mother Temple, Jack Hues and the Quartet, and electronic artist Koloto. The day also presents a series of discussions with artists, cultural intermediates, and cultural researchers such as Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University, Australia), Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan), Brian Hopper (The Wilde Flowers, SoupSongs), Aymeric Leroy (author of The Sound of Canterbury), Phil Howitt (Facelift fanzine), Professor Murray Smith (Princeton/Kent Universities), Matt Watkins (Canterbury Sans Frontiers), and organisers of the event – music researchers Professor Shane Blackman, Dr Asya Draganova, and Alan Payne.

We will also be exploring together a rich collection of archival material, books, and artwork linked to the Canterbury Sound.

This event seeks to demonstrate the development of the ‘Canterbury Sound’ as an inter-generational, local, and transnational cultural phenomenon.

For more information see:

Canterbury Arts and Culture Events: canterbury.ac.uk/canterburysound

Canterbury Festival: https://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/music/canterbury-sound.aspx

Expert comment: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/expertcomment/the-canterbury-sound-music-from-the-small-city-in-the-global-history-of-popular-culture/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/123693321515580/

Facebook handle: @TheCanterburySound

For Twitter and Instagram posts, #canterburysound

Asya Draganova,

Event co-ordinator

Email: asya.draganova@bcu.ac.uk and asya.draganova@canterbury.ac.uk

Alumni Pub Nights – November 2017

Alumni Pub Nights, the new social and networking series for Kent alumni and students, will take place in local pubs in Canterbury or London on the last Tuesday on the month every two months and we would love you to join us! The events aim to bring together alumni, students and staff from a range of disciplines with each night themed to different subjects surrounding workplace skills, networks and employability opportunities. Events could include speakers, or they may be geared to people interested in a particular sector or skillset, but all events will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with local alumni to network and think about your future.

 The next event will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on 28 November from 18.00 – 20.00. Meet TeachFirst’s Graduate Recruitment Officer and former teacher, Ross Cooper, who will lead a short, interactive discussion on working in education and teaching. This is a great chance for budding teachers to meet up to find out more about the profession and meet others who are interested in education. However, all are welcome to come along and catch up with Kent graduates. Please click here to register and join the event on Facebook for relevant updates.

 First drink free! If you have any questions regarding this event please email alumni@kent.ac.uk.

 

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Upcoming event in the local area:

Gerald Dickens Presents The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Friday 29th September 2017

7:45pm to 9:45pm (Doors 7.00pm)

SPECIAL OFFER- COME IN VICTORIAN DRESS AND RECEIVE A FREE GLASS OF WINE OR SOFT DRINK

Tickets available: http://revelationashford.co.uk/whats-on/gerald-dickens-presents-the-life-and-adventures-of-nicholas-nickleby/