Arts, Crafts, Music and Culture

Enrol on one of Collage Writing Room's online writing workshops this February and join our supportive writing community: Explore Creative Writing for the first time; find your inner poet; write your Life and start a Memoir; finish that work-in-progress, or write a short story! Courses are for six weeks starting in February, online via ZOOM. Courses are £125. We help to develop and support the writer, as much as the writing, with extra check-in sessions like our free process/progress group, Feedback Fridays, sharing salons and reading groups.

The Stitch! web shop remains open, offering delivery or contact-free click and collect, and there are free Thursday morning online knit and natter sessions.

St Harmonica's Blues Club is locked down again, but it hasn't stopped regular club attendees writing to Santa requesting their favourite Christmas records. You can hear them all in the St Harmonica's Christmas Playlist.

Enfield Choral Society's first ever virtual concert is being premiered on YouTube on 19th December. You can 'attend' the 'live' performance or catch up with it later.

Southgate Opera and Winchmore Hill-based ELODS are among four musical theatre companies that perform at Wyllyots Theatre in Potters Bar. This month they have launched a series of YouTube videos of special performances celebrating musical theatre, all recorded out of lockdown at Wyllyots. They're free, but you're encouraged to contribute to fundraising in support of Wyllyots and NHS Charities Together.

Fancy immersing yourself in the joy of language with a spot of off-kilter pen to paper tangoing? Like to be able to create a vivid world the reader can disappear inside? Want to be inspired, motivated and challenged? These Zoom courses taught by the Collage Writing Room might be just what you've been looking for.

The new Tier 2 criteria mean that we won't be able to bring you any live blues at the Southgate Club for a while. The Southgate Club is either a concert venue, in which case no alcohol, or a bar in which alcohol can be served only with a substantial meal; in either case it just isn't viable. Thanks to Mark Hawkins' filming and editing skills we now have more offerings for you on the St Harmonica's You Tube Channel with That Blue Patch and the Cadillac Kings' performances from October 30th now available.

Winchmore Hill photographer Katrina Campbell is planning to turn her online exhibition Tales of Life under Lockdown into a book with the title When We All Stayed at Home and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to have it printed and published in time for Christmas. The idea isn't to create a large coffee table book to be saved for special occasions, but an A5 volume that can be shared at the kitchen table or read on the bus. What an excellent way of recording and remembering an extraordinary year!

To spread a bit of Christmas cheer, local arts organisation Tiger Monkey are making a short festive film for Enfield Council and you could be in it - without even leaving your living room.

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Thanks to the filming and editing skills of Mark and Katie Hawkins, it's now possible to relive the Blues Chapter mini residency at St Harmonicas supported by Big Alan Craig with Lindsay Fraser Craig, or catch it for the first time.

The latest offering from Chickenshed's YouTube Premiere channel is a piece of verbatim theatre, staged in the Chickenshed Studio in 2016, that deals with the subject of domestic abuse. In the Absence of Silence was inspired by interviews conducted with women as part of Chickenshed's outreach project, Survivors. It will be available to watch until 30th December.

Fortunately, St Harmonica's didn't waste the few weeks that live music was able to return to the Southgate Club. Thanks to the filming skills of Mark and Katie Hawkins, edited footage from the September and October gigs is gradually being uploaded to the St Harmonica's YouTube Channel. Plus, download a recording from Lockdown Part 1 by local musician Tig Trafford.