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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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