Sunday 25 October 2009

What's On In St Ives Cornwall

Royal Cinema - St Ives Cornwall

Apologies for my absence from the blog for a while - I've been enjoying a short break in Torrevieja Spain.

I'll be posting regularly from now on and I thought I'd start with my usual round up of what's on in town over the coming week.

Quiz fans now have a choice of two regular weekly pub quizzes. On Sunday night (25th) there is one at The Queens Hotel, on Monday night (26th) there is one at The Castle Inn. Both start at 8.00pm and run through to around 11.00 pm.

On Tuesday (27th) St Ives Jazz Club are staging Steve Waterman with Ralph Freeman Trio. 'Renowned as one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the European and international scene.' Entry on the door is £6.00 for members and £9.00 for non-members. Doors open at 8.00pm, music starts at 9.00pm and will finish around 11.00 pm.
St Ives Jazz Club

On Wednesday (28th) Jo McIntosh is running a workshop for children in St Ives Library - Making Christmas Cards. The cost is £2.00 and it runs from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. You're advised to book as these workshops are very popular - call in at the library or phone 0300 1234 100. Parents are welcome to stay on if they wish to help out and have fun making their own cards.
St Ives Library

On Thursday (29th) there doesn't seem to be live music or anything else on so you might try a night at the movies. The Royal Cinema offers a choice from Michael Jackson This Is It, Fantastic Mr Fox and Up. Times and prices are on their website.
Royal Cinema

On Friday (30th) Tate St Ives have Late At The Tate. You can view the current exhibition - The Dark Monarch - Magic & Modernity in British Art. There is also a Silent Disco - experience the surreal at this extraordinary disco, where music is played through wireless headphones. Galleries open from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Disco from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Entry is free but you are advised to book tickets. Visit their website or call 01736 796226.
Late At The Tate

On Saturday (31st) The Lifeboat Inn are holding two Hallowe'en parties. One for children - starting at 4.00 pm and ending at 7.30 pm. Another for adults starting at 8.00 pm and running until late. Entry for both is free.

As ever there is more on my:
St Ives Events Calendar

Thursday 1 October 2009

In Love With St Ives - Open Studio Days

Porthmeor Studios St Ives. Photo: Steve Wilde

This is a guest post by Julia Kaufhold - author and publisher of the wonderful little guidebook - St Ives and Trips In The Vicinity / St Ives und Trips in die Umgebung.

This post is in both German and English.

Julia is a regular visitor to town and I hope she'll be sending more posts.

Verliebt in St Ives – Open Studio Days

Ja, man kann auch in einen Ort verliebt sein. Ich bin es: in St Ives. Wenn ich als Deutsche dorthin reise – wie gerade im September wieder einmal – fühle ich ich mich jedes Mal wie in einer anderen Welt. Und das ist nicht bloß so daher gesagt. St Ives ist für mich wie eine kleine Insel irgendwo auf der Welt, vielleicht im Nichts, vielleicht in Griechenland, mit vier Stränden ringsherum, eindrucksvoller Klippenküste und im Innern drängen sich Künstler und unzählige Galerien in den kleinen Gassen.

Besonders gut gefallen mir die sogenannten OPEN STUDIO DAYS im Rahmen des alljährlichen September Festivals. Dann öffnen St Ives-Künstler mehrere Tage lang ihre privaten Ateliers für Besucher und zeigen, woran sie gerade arbeiten. Sonst sieht man ihre Werke ja nur fertig in Galerien; hier hat man hingegen die einmalige Chance den Künstlern über die Schulter zu schauen, künstlerische Vorarbeiten zu sehen, Fragen zu stellen und Zutritt zu sonst verschlossenen Räumen zu haben.

Nirgendwo sonst im Südwesten Englands gibt es diese Mischung aus unangetastet Traditionell-beschaulichem (wie man sich es vorstellt), wilder Natur und kultureller Abwechslung. Toll!

In love with St Ives – Open Studio Days

Yes, one can be in love with a place. At least I am: I fell in love with St Ives. When I visit St Ives – as in September this year – each time I feel like I was in another word. And that's not just said. St Ives is like a small island set somewhere, or hidden in nowhere, maybe Greece, with four beaches around, an impressive cliff coast and lots of artists and galleries in the cobbled streets.

What I like most are the so called OPEN STUDIO DAYS as part of the annual September Festival. For this occasion St Ives artists open their private studios for a few days and show visitors what they currently work on. Normally you see their work only in a finished state in one of the galleries; here you have the opportunity to see art in progress, preliminary studies that may never be publicly shown, and the artists are pleased to answer questions.

Really a unique experience!

The St Ives Guidebook is available to buy online: