Updated: Jun 16
Blog by Inna Schutts
#ACTCC8 @Bennetts LongEaton.
On April 24 Cultures Crossing 8 came to Long Eaton in Derbyshire and brought colourful fireworks of artistic talent. Cozy and inviting Bennetts Hotel/Bar welcomed local and international performers from Beeston and Nottingham.
The evening was filled with music, stories, and exploration of world culture. From African rhythmic drumming and poetry to Cuban energetic dancing, from Bollywood violin vibrant tunes to Venetian technique inspired mask making, to Mexican folk story telling - all these incredible talents gathered under one roof to amaze the audience.
The first artist of the night was beautiful violinist Ursula Al-Mishari. She filled the room with sound of Bollywood - Middle Eastern inspired style music, which was so refreshing and quite different from what one would expect from ordinary violin performance!
Next was Stephen Jon, fascinating mask performer and mask maker. He not only entertained guests with his extraordinary characters but also shared different techniques and approaches to the time consuming and rather complicated process of mask making.
Two amazing ladies, Victoria Mponda (from Malawi) and Florette Fetgo (from Cameroon) brought a taste of African culture and mesmerised their audience with African drumming while reading poetry, two things I never thought could go so gracefully together!
When I thought that the evening could not get any more interesting, an amazing story teller Tim Ralphs came in front of the crowd to share a Mexican folk tale. His style and stage presence captivated everyone at once. Tim’s choice of the tale was fun and taught us an important lesson - wives are much smarter than husbands!!!
The last performance of the night was by Idalberto Alcada-Rodriguez, who danced from his heart and shared his love for Cuba by means of music and movement! He surprised everyone with his skilful machete performance integrated into graceful dance!
In the end Idalberto gave a dance lesson which was not only for guests of the event, but even the Bennetts’ employees could not resist and got involved!
People were fully enjoying themselves, dancing to the Cuban upbeat tune, some even got out of breath as the result. The entire evening was a very successful cultural submersion full of electrifying performances!
Hello Derbyshire - ACT is coming to Long Eaton
ACT’s 8th Cultures Crossing event is stepping across the county line from its home in Beeston, Nottinghamshire to Long Eaton in Derbyshire just three and a bit miles down the road for April’s ACT monthly cabaret revue style evening. Yes Long Eaton is in Derbyshire!
#ACTCC8 is being held at Bennetts Bar Hotel and Restaurant on Derby Road on Wednesday 24th April. Doors open at 6pm.
1st performance starts 7pm, last one finishes 8.30pm. All finishes at 9pm. Networking at beginning, middle & end. £5.00 on entry & sign in. Tickets and further information is on Eventbrite. http://bit.ly/actcc8apr
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"Andy Coring owner and manager of Bennetts loved the idea of showcasing local talent and championing local business agreeing to host the event and says “I’m going to share it with my regular dinners and a local Rotary Club, the DawnBreakerswho use the venue as a meeting hub.”
Bar Snacks served from the Menu.
ACT Intern Reporting for Cultures Crossing - 27.3.19
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending my last ACT Cultures Crossing event as an intern. Hosted at Minor Oak Coworking in Sneinton Market, the venue provided yet another unique and enjoyable evening. After arriving and enjoying a selection of food and drink provided by our host Dee Miller. Marysia welcomed us all and introduced the first act Iryna Muha who performed a selection of Russian songs from her home country.
After that, fine artist Oliver Lovely was welcomed to the stage. Here he provided a fascinating demonstration of how he goes about painting and gave an insight into his work. For me this was the most interesting performance of the evening as his personality mixed with his obvious talent granted an entertaining yet engaging presentation. Following Oliver was Holly Cassidy and Wendy Honeyman-Smith who gave a talk about Sneinton and the local Lord Nelson pub. I didn’t know about this area of Nottingham and learning more about it was not only interesting, but it felt fitting as this was where the event was hosted. Penultimately we were treated to a very fun spoken word performance from Mark Curwood which seemed to raise a laugh out of everyone, followed by the final performance by Alvin and Milda Dance. Here they showed some Kizomba and Semba dance moves and got everyone involved by teaching us a few steps. The dancing I felt really gave the evening a fun closing act. In between these performances we were all given the chance to catch up and network with one another, as well as enjoying the hospitality of Minor Oak. I feel like this event was definitely one of the most diverse cultures crossings I have attended and feel privileged to have work with Art Culture Tourism as an intern over the past three months, hoping to enjoy more of these events in the future.