Ghost Bus 2019 with Roberto Alborghetti -
Tuesday 4th June
After months of ACTive planning, our special ACT guest Roberto Alborghetti arrived from Italy for his annual visit, on cue Tuesday evening via Skylink. He is Honorary Beestonian and Nottinghamian. Roberto has such a busy scholastic program in Italy every year from September to end of May. Over this time he had spoken to 15,000 students and attended 250 conferences and events! So it’s no surprise he was pretty exhausted when he arrived at the Linden Leaf Hotel in Beeston. The Ryanair plane at Bergamo/Milan airport even waited for him before taking off, because his train connection was late!
We went over Roberto’s schedule and visit program and in particular the Q&A content and script/running order of the next evening’s event - Ghost Bus 2019 - In Conversation with…Roberto Alborghetti - at The Garage / Gallery at Chilwell. https://www.thegaragechilwell.co.uk/
I met Roberto on June 5, 2019 at Trattoria L’Oliva, a tiny Italian corner in the heart of Beeston.
It was supposed to be a day full of pre planned interviews and meetings culminating with a long anticipated showcase of Roberto’s Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project in the evening. Maybe it’s the Italian attitude that made the day so easygoing or maybe it’s just Roberto himself who happened to have very laid back and cheerful personality. Whatever it was, the interview with local Ey Up Notts TV station was very relaxed, the meetings were more like friendly chats and the evening was like a meet up with old friends.
Later in the evening the ACT team gathered for the last show preparations at The Garage / Gallery at Bartons. Guests started arriving soon after. Roberto was greeting people, many of whom he knew from previous visits to Beeston. The evening was a happy occasion for a reunion of what looked like, good friends. And at 7pm the “In Conversation with... Roberto Alborghetti” began.
It was an engaging interview lead by host presenter William Ranieri. The talk covered many areas of Roberto’s past and current work, his vision and inspiration, his love of food and life itself. Many guests had questions regarding his books about Pope Frances and, unknown to many, facts of the Pope’s daily life.
Two hours flew by rather quickly but the audience was treated to Roberto’s Ghost Bus short film and still had a chance to talk to each other and Roberto afterwards.
An ordinary Wednesday in a small British town of Beeston was full of Italian flavour everyone enjoyed.
Entertaining us that night were Steve Benford, Celtic guitarist, Pam Miller Fine Artist (with paper pulp demonstration), Mike Payton storyteller, Manjit Sahota poet from Poets Against Racism group, and Vina Ladwa, Indian dancer from the Manushi Dance School. Thank you ALL SO much! You were all thrilling to watch and experience!
Debbie and her team are also celebrating their 10th anniversary at this site on June 20th - Congratulations to you all!! Such a great vibrant venue! Enjoy Inna Schutts wonderful photographs of the event!
Here are a few guest and performer comments we received about the night...
"What a wonderful evening! Story telling, making pictures out of paper, guitar playing, poetry...Amazing! Very cultural evening - think I will come again! " - Margaret Rodger
"Thank you for a great night!" - Clare
"A truly marvellous celebration of people and arts! What a lovely experience to be part of and I look forward to visiting again in the future!" - Chris Wilder, Trickster @chriswildermagic
"Really enjoyed being part of CC9, demonstrating my paper pulp paintings! Thank you so much Marysia and Caron for inviting me to take part, alongside so many talented performers - particularly Vina Ladwa, who during her interactive Indian Dancing, transported me to India! Many, many thanks." - Pam Miller, Fine Artist
"Really enjoyed being part of this evening - warm, entertaining and great company!" - Mike Payton, Storyteller
"Was a pleasure to be here, an amazing evening!" - Rafe Ladwa
"It was wonderful to be able to play for you - and I loved learning to dance!" - Steve Benford
"What an enjoyable evening! Got here a bit late really. Enjoyed the poet, curious to know if he is publishing his work. Loved the dancing, would like to get involved." - Quentin Hood "Veteran of the Folk Revival 60's"
An old bus brings Pope's biographer back to Beeston
Roberto Alborghetti, the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award-winning environmental journalist, is returning to Beeston.
This special Ghost Bus event
“In Conversation with… .Roberto Alborghetti”
Wednesday 5th June from 7 pm at
The Gallery, 43 High Road, Beeston, NG9 4AJ.
£12.50 | £8 — (£15 on the door)
Lace, Tea and Civic Pride event at award-winning, independent creative retailer, Debbie Bryan.
ACT Cultures Crossing 9 set to stage in Nottingham’s Lace Market
After stepping across the border to Long Eaton for April, ACT is back in Nottinghamshire with its second city centre offering with a dollop of civic pride.
ACT Cultures Crossing #8
photos by Inna Schutts
On the evening of the 24th April, I attended my first ACT Cultures Crossing event hosted by Marysia Zipser at the Bennetts Bar Hotel and Restaurant in Long Eaton.
Being located at such a large venue, I was amazed at how beautifully set out it was - in such a way that made this grand hotel seem like a small, personal setting.
#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.
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!!!
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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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