Hope update

The Hope project (funded by the Active at 60 grant from Sussex Community Foundation) looking at the positive aspects of ageing in a short film, is going well.

We have been filming groups and individuals around Brighton and Hove over the last 6 weeks and getting their views on life, the universe and everything. There have been lots of lovely comments about ageing – there are some benefits, ‘unprotected sex!’ as well as great excuses to get folks together and celebrate life through dance, music and film.

Filmmaker Si Mtichell is working with Strike a Light to make a short film for Brighton’s White Night showing on Saturday 29th October 2011 at Fabrica gallery in Brighton – come along!

Stories for the City, Stories from the Sea



‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’

 Fabrica – 1-5pm 23rd June 2011

An exciting event at Fabrica gallery aimed at celebrating the everyday experience of older people through stories. An afternoon of creative activities aimed at older people and groups, around the theme of tales including stories of buttons, tall tales, yarns, and singing for your supper. Participate in talks, films, workshops, afternoon tea with a difference. Visitors can relax, meet and encounter visual art in an entrancing and positive creative way.

Events will include Ragroof Theatre showing their Button Museum interactive performance, whilst also providing an entertaining and interesting backdrop to the event, Archivia films from the Lighthouse, Singing for your supper –an afternoon tea with a difference, creative making activities with Fabrica artists, talks, and tales.

Although the event is aimed at older people, all are welcome!

To book a free place, contact Nicola Benge: strikealight@rocketmail.com

Find out more about Fabrica gallery – www.fabrica.org.uk

Strike a Light and City Reads

Strike a Light is working on the new City Reads project in Brighton and Hove, setting up reading aloud activities with older people across the city betwen June and October 2011 to celebrate the book ‘The Long Song’ by Andrea Levy (celebrated author of Small Island). This will encourage groups of older people to get together, enjoy a good book, improve literacy and encourage interest in all things literary through visits to the Rare Books Archive in Brighton, and a celebration event.

Anyone interested in taking part as a volunteer City Reads facilitator or participant, or finding out more,  should get in touch with Nicola Benge – Strikealight@rocketmail.com for an application

City Reads is run by Collected Works, a Reader Development agency based in Brighton and it has just been successful in securing funding for City reads for 3 years so keep your eyes peeled for further activities in the city! To hear more about the City Reads project, visit: http://cityreads.co.uk

City Reads flyer

QueenSpark Books and Crowdfunder

Queenspark Books, the nonprofit organisation Nicola Benge from Strike a Light is involved with as a Management Committee member, is suffering somewhat from funding cuts for upcoming projects, so we are planning to go ahead anyway – if anyone is interested in helping to support our project, even if by a wee amount this would help to get the project up and running and you would help to realise a little bit of Brighton and Hove’s history!

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