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Colliers Wood Arts Festival 2015

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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I always feel more creative in the spring than I do in winter, probably because the light rejuvenate me. I think most people experience the same kind of thing, which is I guess why the Collywood Arts Festival is always held over the months of March and April.

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It is a chance for the whole Colliers Wood community to get their creative juices flowing in a sociable environment. Whether you are into art, music, writing, reading, craft, cooking, or just want to spend time with the family, there will be something of interest on hand.

Running between the 21st March - 5th April, There are over fifty events taking place at local venues, most of which are free. The events that you do pay for though, are well worth it. For example, Coming Dancing with MYJO gives you the opportunity to put on your dancing shows while listening to a live performance by the Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets can be booked for 8. Alternatively, you can attend a Classical Recital for 5, featuring the Bridgetower Trio. And if you are looking for something for the kids, then the Colour House Theatre will be staging a production of The Jungle Book. Tickets are 10 and 8 children.

Seeing a performance is very enjoyable, but to truly get involved with the festival, what you really want to do is take part. There are tons of workshops and competitions to enter, which are open to all ages. These range from dance lessons, a karate class, learning Indian cookery, writing workshops, and much more.

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Last year's theme was 'My Favourite...'

I have entered the festival's annual photo competition; this year's theme is 'connecting', and the winners will be announced on the 21st March during the Pop-Up Gallery at Colliers Wood Community Centre. The hall will be full of local artists displaying and selling their creations, which include paintings, pottery, jewellery, and knitwear.

As well as the stalls, families will also have the opportunity to get a portrait taken by professional photographer, Derek Lomas, share afternoon tea, and meet Captain Cutlass and his Pirate Crew. Come dressed in your best pirate costume to take part in sword fighting, a treasure hunt, walking the plank, magic, and puppetry.

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Last year's photo competition winner receives his prize.

Other contests include a short story competition, also with the theme of 'connecting', and a poetry slam, in which you can get up and read your poems to an audience.

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering what's happening with our much 'beloved' Black Tower of Death you might be interested in going to the Mini Film Screening Night , which will be showing a documentary discussing the plans for the Ugliest Building in Britain.
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Why? Get creative
When: 21st March - 5th April
Where: Across Colliers Wood
Cost: Free - 10
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