Medway Neurological Network (MNN), in partnership with Medway Adult Education (MAE
) and Nucleus Arts
, has organised a Medway Neuro Arts Festival
on 20 - 21 July 2019. This will aim to highlight the therapeutic benefts of Arts for those with neurological conditions. Another feature of the planned Neuro-Arts festival is that it will provide neurological information and signpost participants to relevant local support.
The main venue for Saturday 20 July will be the Rochester Community Hub/ Library/ Medway Adult Education building and Eastgate House & Gardens, see attached flyer to the right. Arts being showcased will be in 4 zones: Music & Poetry Corner; Dance; Health & Wellbeing (Tai Chi, Yoga, Mindfulness); and Visual & Creative Arts. There will also be a range of neurological support information stalls, outside in Eastgate & Eastgate Gardens. Inside Rochester Hub there will be a great ART Exhibition with works submitted by local artists who have a connection with neurological conditions. Please note that entrance to this main venue and associated activities is FREE AND no tickets are required to enter.
Jane Cullen's play 'Say that again'
- based on her successful book of the same title - will be premiered on Saturday 20 July. The Hempstead Players
will be performing the play at Eastgate House, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. After the play there will be a Q/A session with the author.
Entrance is FREE, but this performance is by ticket only and is already SOLD OUT.
By popular demand the Hempstead Players have kindly agreed to put on a SECOND
performance of this play on Sunday 21 July, 5.30 to 6.30pm at Eastgate House
. Again, tickets are FREE, but must
be booked through EventBrite, as seats are limited. Book now by clicking this LINK
Sunday 21 July, with a neurological theme, at the Huguenot
Museum, Rochester, running 11am to 1pm and then 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is FREE, but tickets must be booked prior to the event using Eventbrite, by clicking HERE
. Please note that this link takes you to booking tickets for the MORNING
session of the Film Festival only. To book the AFTERNOON
session either follow the link at the bottom of the above EventBrite page, or go directly by clicking HERE
. Tickets are still
available for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
To see the Film Festival Programme, morning and afternoon, please click HERE
The Morning Session features the main film: Kinetics by Sue Wylie, who will be in attendance for Q/A after the showing. This film is about the authors own story and follows the unlikely friendship between an exceptionally bright but
bored student who finds release in Parkour (aka free running), and a middle aged women with early onset Parkinson's. Two characters at polar opposites, but both with a shared desire to move. The play takes an honest and open look at what it is like to live with a chronic condition, while bringing humour and empathy to deliver a very human story.
The Afternoon Session features the main film: Recovery, that deals with the life of Alan Hamilton (played by David Tennant), the former head of a construction firm, after he receives serious personality-changing brain injuries in a road accident, and the emotional feeling of his family. Tricia, his wife (played by Sarah Parish) struggles because the man she knew has gone.
Q&A with Jane Etheridge from HeadwayMedway.
has kindly agreed to part-fund this event with a grant of £5,000 - thank you!!! A cheque hand-over ceremony, conducted by Deputy-Mayor Cllr. Habib Tejan, on 20 May was used to launch the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival, see below for more details. More good news - Jane Cullen, author of the play 'Say that Again', has not only offered to pay for the hire of Eastgate House for the performance of her play, but also donated £500 to the Festival from the proceeds of her book sales. Many thanks indeed, Jane.
If you would like more information, or have any suggestions or comments, then please contact MNN by email: firstname.lastname@example.org