Broxbourne Arts Forum Bringing the Arts to Life



The new Spring and Summer edition of the Broxbourne Arts Forum Programme covers events from April to August 2017.

Containing details of the activities of BArts' affiliated groups, as well as the events being promoted by BArts, it is available from the Spotlight, Hoddesdon, One Stop Shops, Libraries or on request from BArts' members.

Our recent Exhibition at the Spotlight Gallery, entitled "Youth and Age", in which artists and photographers explored the beauty and interest to be found in the new and the old in Nature or in Man's creations, ran until 17th February 2017. The next Exhibition, entitled "Tall Stories" and exploring the variety and glory of trees, will run from 22nd May to 30th June 2017. If you have work you would like to submit for this exhibition, please contact 01992 465383 for entry details. 


Student Arts Awards: BArts offers grants for young people pursuing high standards in arts activities. See more details here.

See below the programme introduction from Lee Rayner.

To see a full listing of the events calendar click here.


Spring/Summer Season 2017

This Spring and Summer edition of BArts’ programme for 2017 will be our 33rd season of events since the Forum came into existence in 2000! Although the team is a little older and wiser, we haven’t run out of steam yet and are still striving to ‘bring the Arts to life in Broxbourne’, in spite of ever-present financial and operational ‘challenges’.

As usual, we offer a selection of quality events for your leisure and pleasure - a mixture of well-established regular features plus, of course, some special items to tempt you away from your PCs, iPods and iPads, Facebook, Twitter and eBay……

Special Events - Jazz…  Jane Austen…  and Shakespeare!

Friday, June 16th  Gatsby Swing Jazz  present a lively evening of Jazz from the Great American Songbook, including ‘classic’ numbers by Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and more….
Bar, Buffet Supper and a Chance To Dance!

Wednesday, June 28th  A fresh look at Shakespeare’s bawdy, rip-roaring comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Money, Matchmaking and Marriage pre-occupy the minds of the main characters, but in the eternal male-female ‘battle’, just who really has the upper hand?

Thursday, July 13th
  Money, Matchmaking and Marriage again, but in a very different style. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” - the opening lines of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ put the plot in a nutshell, and the scheming and dreaming of Mrs. Bennett to get her five daughters suitably wed provides some memorable moments in this wise and witty comedy.

Let’s Do Lunch  Three titles for the coming months. ‘Family Matters’ in May looks at all kinds of families, their characteristics and relationships, and dips into genetic inheritances and family history. ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ in June explores the life and music of George Gershwin and ‘Forgotten Dreams’ in July considers a number of people whose fame has been short lived, or who have never quite delivered the achievements expected of them - a wide spectrum of writers, composers, monarchs, princesses, politicians, child stars and ‘wannabes’!

Exhibition May 22nd - June 30th  The summer art and photography exhibition runs from May to June in the Spotlight Gallery under the title ‘Tall Stories’ and focuses on the glory and  variety of Trees - particularly appropriate for the spring and summer seasons. Some pictures are usually for sale, so if you’re looking for something original…

BArts’ Watercolour Group
meets every Tuesday morning during term time and Hoddesdon Floral Art Society offers regular meetings and demonstrations.

New Dates for ‘My Kind of Music’  -
April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, Aug 2nd, Sept 6th, Oct 4th, Nov 1st  Unwind for a couple of hours in the Spotlight Café Bar with a glass of something cool and interesting and listen to your kind of music, or treat yourself to a light lunch with friends. Advance table booking essential 01992 441946

Our pianist, Barbara Manning, recently won an award for ‘Services to Amateur Theatre’.

Affiliated Groups’ Activities and Events

Theatre/ Musical Theatre Performances by Broxbourne Theatre Company, Cheshunt Dramatic Society, Hoddesdon Players,  Mayhem Theatre Arts, Stoller School of Dancing, The Vallé Academy

April 1st Musical Theatre. Teens / Adult ‘We Rock’
. Rock classics in this vibrant celebration of pop music.

April 6th to 8th ‘The Fat Lady Sings In Little Grimley’  One-act play, plus music.

April 21st and 22nd ‘Aladdin Jnr’ The musical version of the traditional tale.

April 27th to 29th  Satirical Comedy ‘Yes, Prime Minister’. Tongue in cheek look at the skulduggery and machinations of British government.

May 3rd to 6th Musical Theatre ‘Anything Goes’. Cole Porter’s musical, set on board a cruise ship, is full of hit numbers - I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Friendship… It’s De-lovely!

June 24th Musical Theatre for Children   ‘Madagascar’  Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and some penguins  escape from  New York’s Central Park Zoo to take an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. 

Music  April 8th Clarinet Trio, April 29th and May 13th  Three Valleys Male Voice Choir, May 20th Violin and Piano.

Discussions, Lectures and Talks  The three local U3As - Broxbourne, Cheshunt and Lea Valley, East Herts Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Lea Valley Discussion Group cover a huge variety of subjects every season at their regular meetings. Subjects between April and August include:  Reform of Broadcasting; History of Money; Scotland Yard Detective; Free NHS?; Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; Abuse of Language; Turner’s Watercolour Techniques; Lost Gardens of Herts; Reflections on Brexit; Catching Smugglers; Amy Johnson; Shakespeare, Herbalists and Apothecaries. 

Lea Valley U3A was the first to be founded in the Borough of Broxbourne and this year celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Educational Activities and Courses  The WEA’s  9-week Summer course is ‘C19th Art and Architecture’ and there are also nearly two hundred differentinterest and study groups within the U3As, who meet on a regular basis and enjoy special outings.

Holiday Activities For Children
  During the long Summer Holiday, several of our performing arts groups offer one-week / one-day theatre and dance workshops and special indoor and outdoor activities to occupy children - especially valuable for working mums and grandparents on duty. Some will also provide breakfast and late, tea-time collection!! 

Full details of all that BArts has to offer are in the enclosed programme and we are confident that there is something for every taste… if not, let us know and we’ll attempt to remedy the situation next time!

Lee Rayner, Director of Programming

Malcolm Gordon, Chairman, and the BArts’ Team


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