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SUNDAY PAPERS LIVE

July 31, 2016

Sunday Funday or Sunday Blues, it’s safe to say Sunday is the day of the week we’re less busy, or at least more inclined to take on ‘leisurely’ activities. This might be the time of the week to fold out the broadsheet, follow your nose through a cook book, begin an inventory of the back garden flower beds, or set a meeting point for friends at the park to go and soak up the sun. With such little time and so many possibilities, it’s natural to feel a bit like you’re missing out, or at least missing something: You want to relax in the garden, but you’ve been feeling a bit cut off recently. You want to enjoy yourself alongside friends, but you’ve also been meaning to dedicate a bit of solo time to catch up on things independently.

This is where Sunday Papers Live (SPL) comes in. Fresh out of a recently successful SPL Special at Citadel Festival, this novel idea doesn’t deliver the newspaper to your door. It doesn’t fit through the letterbox, neither is it brought to you by a panting dog, (although I’m sure they are on that one!)

John Hudson at Sunday Papers Live, Citadel Special

What’s the idea?

At Sunday Papers Live, each section of the Sunday Papers is presented by an expert speaker, performer or group. As part of the audience, you sit back without the need to turn a page, manage reader’s cramps, or suffer the inconvenience of inky handed lethargy. In this format, you kick back, relax and listen carefully as the paper is brought to life right in front of you. Normally the concept takes place in an over sized living room in central London, but at Citadel in Victoria Park, it was housed in a tent laden with sofas and intimacy. Sheltered from the sun, the performances of each section of the paper took place on a stage plonked right in the middle. Belting out the perfect balance of silly and serious, the experience is a positive one and you can’t help but feel connected to the fellow audience members who populate the vicinity.

From Olympian turned Comedian Eddie ‘The Eagle,’ that had the audience in stitches going over his experiences in both industries, to the UK Military’s very own Survival Instructor John Hudson heading up the Travel news, there were some fantastic opportunities to engage and be entertained concurrently. By far the best bit for us was the novel, section designed to give a voice to audience views, namely Talkaoke.

HIGHLIGHT – TALKAOKE

Talkaoke is a polo shaped pop-up talk-show that gets conversations going quickly and inspires open, candid expression to take place with ease and energy. Providing an answer to the comments section of the SPL newspaper, ‘Talkaoke’ facilitates freestyle chatter and creates a safe space for contributors to disclose uncertainty. At Citadel, festival goers were invited to take a seat around the table and encouraged by the host to speak their mind on chosen topics quite openly. We tuned into the edition just as they were on the subject of hair – a perfectly universal theme allowing contributors to get involved almost immediately. And quite magical were the results. A contributor with little hair is left empathetic to the challenges of the life full of dreadlocks experienced by the guy seated opposite. In a short space of time people are finding common ground and developing empathy in the parts of discussion where they may think differently.

Talkaoke hosting the Comments section of SPL at Citadel Festival 2016

Sunday Papers Live puts the love into Sundays, not just for its ability to present you with the norm unconventionally, but for the freshness of the concept to inspire you to engage in the news experientially. You’re no longer the passive reader of the newspaper after this experience, but warmly welcomed to contribute and develop with it enthusiastically and collectively.

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CREATIVE SUNDAYS – THE CANDID CAFE

April 28, 2016

SUNDAY BLUES?

Sundays can be funny days. When we’re young they’re often the day of rest – typically assigned to family roasts or trashy TV. But as we get older, they develop different meanings. The ‘extra work day’ for the workaholics; the ‘DIY day’ for the grafters; the ‘day of recovery’ for the Epicureans; the ‘blue day’ for the disorganized; the ‘me day’ for the dedicated.

WHAT’S A CREATIVE SUNDAY?

Creative Sundays compliment any of the above definitions of a Sunday. The aim is to provide the opportunity for those with the will to add more colour to their Sundays to join like-minded friends and get stuck into thinking, talking and doing something creative. A Creative Sunday encourages you to hit the pause button on anything that feels like a chore in life and surrender to your inner creative for an afternoon.

WHAT HAPPENS?

You show up with a project you’re working on, something you love doing but haven’t had time for, or empty handed but open minded. You grab yourself a seat, a coffee or whatever you need to relax. You start to mingle, be curious, get talking, catch up, get going. They say you pick up on your creativity wherever it was in life you left off. Be it twenty years ago that you last put pencil to paper, or just last week that you wrote that article.

‘At first when you restart the creative engine it can feel a little bit like the battery is flat, or even like your young self is in the driving seat and making a bit of a mess of things. That’s a totally natural feeling to experience, alongside the potential of feeling lost, not quite knowing what you are doing, or a bit rusty. But you have to start somewhere and as soon as you do – if you keep going – it starts to feel more exciting…’

The Candid Cafe in Angel was the perfect space for ‘starting somewhere’ last Sunday 24th April. It was really inspiring to see past Creative Retreaters sink into activities such as writing, drawing, colouring in, origami, collage and montage. There was also the opportunity to share the progress of creative work/ideas and welcome newcomers into those conversations.

We were so pleased to meet some newcomers including Gemma Thomas! Read some of her poems here.

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