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Hello friends
 
How are you all? We know that people are doing their best to work, study and play safely. To be honest though, we also know it’s proving a challenge to stay creative and productive all the time. We are all flagging in this final lockdown stretch. Remember to be kind to yourselves and take time out.
 
We are hopefully on the road to getting closer to normal soon. 
Meeting people, creating together, enjoying live arts and events will be back on the cards!  We can’t wait!
 
In the meantime, Eltham Arts is here for the creative community in Eltham and SE9.  We’d love to hear about the creative things you’ve been doing to keep sane and creative – do share with us on our Twitter or Facebook, or drop us an email at info@elthamarts.org.
 
 
The desk of an artist at work during lockdown

Creating Connections – an update
We’ve been doing what we can – safely of course – with our latest project, Creating Connections, which we began last Autumn. This Arts Council-funded project involved letter-writing between primary school children and community members which then inspired the school children to create shadow puppetry and storytelling to visualize their understanding. We hoped to inspire interaction and promote positive relationships.


 
Well, the letters came in – thank you! – and then the children created shadow puppetry stories inspired by the letters. Our creative team is now working on putting these stories together to create the final outcomes which will include a short film about the project.
 
Doing this project during various lockdowns and restrictions was not without its challenges! However, everyone stepped up and worked their way around.
 
Please visit our website if you would like to read the letters from our participants. More updates can also be found on our Creating Connections Facebook page. 
 
 
Creating Connections – a finale week of activities
 
We’re planning to centre a week of activities around World Health Day this April 2021 to spread the love from the Creating Connections project. This will include:
 
FILM - Our short film on the project will be ready and premiered in April
SOUND - We are also working on a series of podcasts about the letters and the stories – the first will be available during this week.
AIRWAVES -  stay tuned for news of our project being discussed on local radio
ONLINE – take part in a special ‘Tweethour’ being arranged via Twitter.
 

The team at work film-making
 
Depending on Covid restrictions at the time and in the planning run-up, we’re exploring adding other events too – do let us know if you have any ideas.
 
The week should provide a memorable wrap and finale to the Creating Connections project.
** So watch this space for more details! **
 
Local news
 
While we’re waiting to get together again in real life to enjoy and share art, music, and all that’s creative, we’ve been enjoying our locals parks, woods and green spaces. Looking forward to lots of other local places planning to open up in the coming months, all being well.
 
Two local bits of new caught our eye:
 
Severndroog Castle
Did you see the BBC news report last month on Severndroog’s fundraising efforts? Covid 19 has cut off almost all of its streams of funding, putting the future of Severndroog at risk. The Castle is a local treasure enjoyed by many generations of Eltham-ers and from beyond. The Eltham Arts team and its network have had many fun collaborations over the years with our friends at the Castle during its fayres and music events. Let’s support them! Find out more on the Severndroog Castle website.

 

Plumstead Make Merry
Our neighbours have announced a date for their next community-based annual festival. The festival will return this year on Saturday 26 June! We’re very excited!
If you’d like to be a part of the event as stall holders, performers or volunteer stewards applications details will be available in the ‘Get Involved’ section of their website shortly.


Eltham Arts' Zahira and Dave at Plumstead Make Merry in 2017
 
In the meantime, stay well and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes for all the Eltham Arts team x
 
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