A programme of performances and workshops is taking place in libraries across Cambridgeshire this autumn.
The Library Presents…Arts Alive, which launches next month, is being funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS and includes libraries in Ramsey and St Neots.
The programme, chosen by Library Friends and local communities for each library, features music, theatre, magic, art, literature and puppetry for everyone.
Music fans of all ages are encouraged to beat out new rhythms at samba drumming workshops or try their hand at the ukulele. The singing quadruplets Men in General perform their mix of well-loved songs, à cappella classics and comedy while it’s all about the great tunes from the 60s and 70s in Scenes from a Well-Spent Youth.
The children’s shows include James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids, stand-up that will have them in stitches. For under-five’s puppets rule the roost with the extremely entertaining Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales or the charming and inventive Jack and the Beans Talk.
Theatre is well represented with the funny and scary drama Dracula…The Travesty, Jane Bower’s intensely moving Daddies Diaries and the magic show Devious Minds, fresh from two national tours and an Edinburgh run.
Other activities include mosaic sessions and art workshops with local artists, plus a book festival.
Cambridgeshire county Councillor Mathew Shuter, chairman of the highways and community infrastructure committee, said: “The programme offers a fantastic chance to use the library as an exciting arts space and hub of activity for the community, for everyone to be involved, grow their interests and see live shows. If you’ve never been to a performance or workshop before but always wanted to, this is the perfect opportunity. Come and explore something new in the friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere of your library.”
The autumn season runs from October 16 until November 30 across the 10 participating libraries. The full programme and tickets are available on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in libraries.