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This May 10th - 22nd, the Isles of Scilly will come alive like never before in a 13-day celebration of music, theatre, spoken word, visual arts and island life, including pop up events and intrigues to delight and inspire.

The Creative Scilly festival, organised by Islands’ Partnership’s Creative Islands team with support from Arts Council England, will feature an eclectic mix of events, workshops, courses, demonstrations, talks and performances in the most unique of island settings, welcoming a host of imaginative and artistic talent from artists and creatives on the islands themselves, and across the 28 miles of water in Cornwall and beyond.

Scilly is home to a thriving community of talented artists, creative writers and inventive artisans, and has inspired artists including Kurt Jackson, Luke Jerram, Gordon Young and Anthony Garratt, as well as writers such as the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and crime novelist, Kate Rhodes who have both set several of their books on the islands.

Indeed, Kate will be joining the festival to share her new work which is based on Scilly including the Hell Bay crime series whilst Luke and Gordon will also share details during the festival of their respective plans - for a proposed moon sculpture to mark the opening of the new Dark Skies Observatory on St. Martin’s and a public installation on St. Mary’s.

Further highlights of the 13-day festival include performances of charming music and the spoken word by the celebrated folk quartet The Story Republic, who will be popping up all over the islands (so keep an eye out); Stamp and Go, who will deliver a radio play telling the scandalous story of the Bishop and the Diva set on Rosevear when the Bishop Rock lighthouse was being built; and Ed Rowe, the Kernow King, who makes another welcome return to the islands he so loves for a stand-up comedy night, performances at the Five Islands Academy and a community reading of a new play script. Rogue Theatre will dish up a taste of their magical and hilarious performances; celebrated Cornwall based novelist and writer Wyl Menmuir leads a creative writing walk, and Harbottle and Jonas return to Scilly for a couple of folk concerts around the islands.

Creative Scilly will also see the launch of “Walking stories” – five new audio books which have been specially commissioned to be best enjoyed on each of the inhabited islands. Highlights include stories by local musician Piers Lewin set on his beloved St. Agnes and a Tresco set story by Sam Llewellyn.

Paint the Day returns this year as part of Creative Scilly – as budding artists young and old, local and visiting, amateur and professional, are challenged to capture a day on Tresco (on Saturday 11th May) with the resulting masterpieces all displayed and shared at the Tresco Island Gallery, and prizes awarded to the winning entries in a number of categories.

Throughout the festival, there will also be a range of arts and crafts workshops led by local and mainland artists, in particular from the Phoenix Craft Studios, a co-operative of six artists and craftspeople on St. Mary’s whose work beautifully bears witness to Scilly’s untamed wildlife and landscapes.

Other highlights include the chance to join artist Sue Lewington, well known for her published sketchbooks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, on a sketching walk, the opportunity to learn to weave at a workshop on St. Agnes with Trish Peacock of Twisted Bobbins, a “magical fish” pottery workshop with Bryher’s Alex Bagnall, a “cowbell” workshop with St. Martin’s based silver jewellery maker, Fay Page, and an evening of music at the candlelit Old Town Church with talented local musicians Duo Prosperro.

In addition to the Creative Scilly Festival, Creative Islands is hosting a three-day symposium from 8th – 10th May in collaboration with Isles of Scilly library and the Isles of Scilly Museum. Kindly funded by Cultivator Cornwall and Plymouth University, the cultural symposium will see around 30 delegates from various island communities and arts organisations around the UK arrive on the Isles of Scilly for a series of lectures and seminars, as well as trips to the some of the other islands to visit studio workshops.

David Jackson, Executive Director for Visit Isles of Scilly, says: “We’re delighted that Creative Islands has put together such a fantastic programme for our first Creative Scilly festival and are extremely grateful for the support that Arts Council England and our local sponsors have afforded us. We are equally delighted to be hosting the cultural symposium as a fringe event, which not only provides an opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of creativity and artistic talent on the islands, but also to share learning and exchange ideas with peers and professional colleagues from further afield.

“May is a fantastic time to escape to Scilly, with longer, warmer days and colour flooding into the landscape and we look forward to welcoming visitors, old and new, so that they can soak up and celebrate with us the fantastic artistic and creative talent that fills our islands.”

The full programme is available to view at www.visitislesofscilly.com/creativescilly and tickets are on sale now.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2014
    9.30am - 11amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Learn how Facebook can increase your business. Learn what to post, how to post and how to grow your Facebook profile and followers. A quick overview of how to promote your posts and your page  and how Facebook fits into all the other areas of your marketing.  Room for 12 people, so first come, first served!

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2014
    9.30am - 4pmOld Estate Office, Tresco

    This course is being organised by Life Long Learning and costs £95. Boats to and from Tresco will be provided as necessary.  For details, call 424880 or visit www.learnscilly.co.uk

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2014
    09.30 - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Twitter: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2014
    09.30 - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Facebook: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Mon
    17
    Feb
    2014
    11am - 2pmKingsley Village, Nr NQY Airport

    Organised by Outset Cornwall and Enterprising Women.  For self employed and smaller businesses - lots of finance, tax and business development advice.  Details: www.outsetcornwall.co.uk

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2014
    Wed
    19
    Feb
    2014
    Tregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Great opportunity for IP members to exhibit as a supplier and/or do business with a wide range of suppliers from the mainland at this hospitality trade exhibition. Details can be found at supplyscilly.co.uk 

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2014
    10am-11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval
    • Learn how Email Marketing is still relevant and delivers measurable results in an increasingly complex digital world
    • Appreciate what is current good practice in terms of content and send frequency
    • Get to grips with interpreting and using the resultant analytics
    • Review examples of campaigns and consider content that might be relevant to different businesses
    • Understand how segmentation works and how it benefits business
  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2014
    9.30am - 5.00pmLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    This training is being hosted by Life Long Learning. For further information, call 01720 424884.  Should be very useful for those businesses with water systems / pools....

  • Tue
    04
    Mar
    2014
    08:15 - 10.00amFalmouth - Cornwall Marine Network Conference Suite, Unit 7a, Falmouth Business Park

    Learn about the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency’s unique support tailored to individual businesses’ needs;
    Hear how we have created apprenticeship solutions for hundreds of Cornish businesses;
    Find out how the Agency takes the hassle out of recruitment by employing the apprentice on your behalf and handling all the payroll and administration;
    Have breakfast with us and meet out team of specialist advisors;
    Speak to employers and apprentices who have benefitted from our services.

    For details and to book a place - email info@cornwallapprenticeshipagency.co.uk or call 01326 314904.

  • Tue
    11
    Mar
    2014
    9.30am - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    A practical session to get you started on Twitter and tweeting with confidence about your business

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Agnes

    Directors are getting out to the off-islands to be accessible to as many members, and potential members, as possible. Following their meeting, there will be Q&A session, open to all.  

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    13.00-14.15Coastguard's Cafe, St Agnes

    Following the Islands' Partnership Board Meeting on St Agnes this Thursday (13th), the IP directors are hosting a public session from 1pm until 2.15pm at the Coastguard's Cafe....coffee and sandwiches provided. It's an opportunity for everyone on St Agnes - members and non-members - to talk to IP directors (included our newest addition, Rob Goldsmith) about any concerns, issues, ideas, suggestions etc.

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    9.30am - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    A practical session to get you started on Facebook and creating / sharing content about your business with confidence

  • Thu
    20
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    An event hosted by Outset Cornwall and Life Long Learning.  It's free and very useful to new start up businesses - information, advice and financial guidance

  • Fri
    21
    Mar
    2014
    11.00am-3.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    A fantastic programme of events being facilitated jointly by Visit Cornwall and the Islands' Partnership, and hosted by Malcolm Bell.  Open to everyone and free of charge.

    Programme: Using PR in a crisis, Effective use of social media, Best use of email marketing, flood recovery planning, Getting the most out of Google, What does your website say?

    Opportunity for 1:1 sessions after the formal proceedings close at 3.30pm.

    Please register your interest so that we can gauge catering numbers. 01720 424036 or email enquiries@islandspartnership.co.uk 

  • Mon
    24
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    For experienced Facebook users who want to enhance their marketing expertise and understand analytics

  • Thu
    27
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-15.00Life Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency is hosting a shared apprentice event, beneficial to Island businesses who might be interested in sharing an apprentice.

    The Agency was set up to support small businesses and in particular seasonal businesses who were unable to meet the criteria of employing an Apprentice.  Some of the barriers include the situation where a single business does not have enough work for an apprentice full time or need support with employment.  But a couple of businesses in similar sectors may be able to share an Administration Apprentice.  The Agency would employ the apprentice on behalf of both employers.  We would work then work with training providers to deliver the training.

  • Sat
    05
    Apr
    2014
    Sun
    06
    Apr
    2014
    Beaches around Scilly!
  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014
    10.30am - 3pmWesleylan Chapel

    Meet the consultants, get more information, and have your say.

  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014
    Fri
    18
    Apr
    2014
  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014
    7pm onwardsSt Mary's Hall Hotel
  • Sun
    13
    Apr
    2014
    11am - 1pmPorthcressa Beach
  • Tue
    15
    Apr
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Learn about Trip Advisor, and how to use it and other online / social media to your advantage and so enhance your business's reputation.

  • Wed
    16
    Apr
    2014
    1:30 pmTown Hall

    The Council and other transport partners will explain their roles and responsibilities in transport delivery.   

    There will be an opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each organisation and to give everyone a chance to ask questions and express their views on transport issues.

     

  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    Sun
    20
    Apr
    2014
  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    TBC

    This is following the  Transport public meeting on Wednesday 16th.  IP member representatives will meet to discuss inter-island boating, on-island transport, customer service etc.

  • Fri
    02
    May
    2014
    Mon
    05
    May
    2014
  • Sat
    10
    May
    2014
    Sat
    17
    May
    2014
  • Sun
    11
    May
    2014
    11am - 4pmThe Garrison
  • Tue
    13
    May
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Fri
    16
    May
    2014
    Mon
    19
    May
    2014
  • Wed
    21
    May
    2014
    Thu
    22
    May
    2014
    Across the islands

    James Berresford, Chief Executive VisitEngland & Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive VisitCornwall tour the islands

  • Sun
    01
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    05
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    12
    Jun
    2014
    11.30am - 3.15pmTregarthen's Hotel

    Free to attend and lunch included.  All the details are on the Get Set for Growth website

  • Fri
    13
    Jun
    2014
    10am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014
    2:30 pmField adjacent to Veterinary Surgery
  • Tue
    17
    Jun
    2014
    9.30am-4.30pmLife Long Learning, Carn Gwaval (next to Sports Hall)

    Up to 20 spaces available; fully accredited course delivered by Cornwall College. Booking essential.

  • Wed
    18
    Jun
    2014
    9.30am-4.30pmLife Long Learning, Carn Gwaval (next to Sports Hall)

    Up to 20 spaces available; fully accredited course delivered by Cornwall College.

  • Thu
    19
    Jun
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Martin's Island Hall
  • Sun
    29
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    03
    Jul
    2014
    10.o0am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Thu
    31
    Jul
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    07
    Aug
    2014
    10am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Sat
    06
    Sep
    2014
    Doors open 6pmFive Islands' School Performance Hall

    The Islands’ Partnership has arranged for comedian and TV presenter Russell Kane to perform at the Five Islands School on Saturday 6th September as part of his hugely successful live show, Smallness.  He will be supported by the Kernow King. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start!

  • Thu
    11
    Sep
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Mary's - IP office
  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014
    Sun
    14
    Sep
    2014
  • Fri
    19
    Sep
    2014
    Sun
    21
    Sep
    2014
    Across the islands

    By popular demand, following the enormously successful Walk Scilly Week 2014, we've added a new Autumn Walk Scilly Weekend event to our calendar of events.  Details to follow soon!

     

     

  • Mon
    22
    Sep
    2014
    5-7pmFraggle Rock, Bryher

    Get your photography right

    Write your listing to optimise SEO

    Learn where best to list on the website

    A relaxed and informal training session with Amy and Carolyn to review and improve listings for visitors.  Bring your laptops / mobile devices.

  • Mon
    06
    Oct
    2014
    Thu
    09
    Oct
    2014
  • Fri
    17
    Oct
    2014
    11am - 1pmChurch Hall, Church Road, St Mary's
  • Tue
    11
    Nov
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    9.30am - 4pmStar Castle Hotel & ATLANTIC INN (Note Change of Venue on Friday!)

    Export Cornwall is coming to Scilly to deliver two days of expert advice on how to sell successfully online.  The first day will be a series of presentations delivered by experts in their field at the Star Castle; the second day takes place at the Atlantic Inn and will involve round table discussions and workshops to answer specific questions about specific business challenges and provide a more detailed learning experience of e-commerce.

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    12noon - 3pmWesleyan Chapel, St Mary's

    Have your questions answered about Superfast Broaband....

  • Mon
    24
    Nov
    2014
    5pm-7pmLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Make the most of your business listing - photography, writing for Search Engine Optimisation and using your three listing options wisely

  • Tue
    25
    Nov
    2014
    1pm - 3pm TBCSt Agnes - Coastguards Cafe

    Make the most of your business listing - photography, writing for Search Engine Optimisation and using your three listing options wisely.

  • Thu
    27
    Nov
    2014
    1pm - 3pmSt Mary's Life Long Learning (next to Sports Hall)

    Make the most of your business listing - get the photography right, write for search engine optimisation and use your listing options wisely.

  • Tue
    16
    Dec
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Mary's - IP Office
  • Tue
    23
    Dec
    2014
    5pm-7.30pmHugh Town

    Late night shopping, Christmas Carols, entertainment, cooking and wrapping demonstrations, and more!

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