For the 25th year running, The Bournemouth Pavilion presents The Black Ball. Everything you can want in an early celebration of Christmas…
The Christmas Tree Wonderland may have grabbed the locals’ attention but there’s more to come! The Black Ball returns to Bournemouth this weekend. It comes with no shortage of reasons to choose it for your early festive celebration. Or maybe a birthday or anniversary? Perhaps even just for a night out with a bit of a difference?
There will be something for everyone at this year’s event, which is on Saturday 24th November. This includes a great musical mixture, between karaoke, a live band and a party DJ. It is also going to be part-fairground, with a variety of stalls (including free candy floss), free dodgems and more. For those of you wanting something a little simpler, choose from any one of the five bars. And allow the professional photographer catch you at your finest (or not, as the case may be…)
This year’s Black Ball begins at 7.30pm at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, and will carry on until 1am the following morning.
Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture
Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.
Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.
The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?
Project lead Jennie Allen, said:
“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”
Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.
“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”
A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.
A NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE
Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!
Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.
BOURNEMOUTH REPAIR CAFÉ – WHERE AND WHEN?
The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.
“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”
If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!
Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail transitionbournemouth@
What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival
Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…
August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.
The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.
English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.
And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.
Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy
As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…
Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.
Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.
Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.
Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.