"Clearly none of us had anticipated the degree and nature of the audience participation, but the combination of high art and mischief was quite brilliant. Truly joyful to be allowed/required to be disruptive...!"
Welcome to Alarms & Excursions. The New Year is well underway and so much is happening for the Alarms team. We kicked off the year with our annual Caribbean Burns Night shindig - Jah Burns (See our poetry page for some photos from this year's Jah Burns event). Irene has been back in Switzerland and Emma is adding a new member to the team this summer (put your feet up Em!) James has been hosting his own open studios in Barking. Sabina & Cassie have been touring, celebrating women composers and musicians with Illuminate Women's Music - catch them before it is too late! Robin and Isabel have been gigging with Beyond Words and Global Fusion Music and Arts, both in South East London, March brought workshops in Margate as part of the year round Margate Bookie festival programme and Isabel will be appearing in Margate in June and August, more details anon.
Sophia Micheal, a student at Sydenham High School, won first prize in our inaugural poetry competition - Girls Allowed! last summer. We have just launched this year's competition in collaboration with Sydenham Arts entitled Heroes & Heroines. The closing date is end July so you have plenty of time to enter. (Visit the Sydenham Arts website for more information)
Over 200 people turned up to experience our Remembrance Air Raid Put That Light Out! on 11th November in the Crystal Palace Subway, the first cultural event to take place in this iconic London space for over 30 years. With poems, stories, reminiscence, songs and classical music there was something for everyone. You can see the full programme on our Provocations page (more to come).
At least three new publications are scheduled to come on stream this year, the first of which, Souk is due out at the end of May.
Then follows the prospect of touring our existing work, appearances at festivals, competitions and loads more...
Watch this space for more details or click on the images below to find out more about who we are, what we do, our partners and collaborators, and for information on how to get involved in our work.