WINTERFEST
Arts, music, spoken word and more
WINTERFEST
Engaging and supporting the whole community
WINTERFEST
Banishing the winter blues
in Brightlingsea
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Welcome to WinterFest

Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place in February.

Following feedback from the local community, we’ve set up the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund to fund grants of up to £200 to help Brightlingsea  residents undertake activities to improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing –such as tickets for a family day out, music lessons, sports lessons etc.

Three-quarters  of the money raised at our 2019 events (after costs have been accounted for) will go into the new fund, with the remainder going to Mid and North Essex Mind. Details of eligibility and how to apply to the fund will be confirmed in time for our 2019 events.

 

 
To date, WinterFest has raised over :

Welcome
to
WinterFest

Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place throughout February.

The festival has raised thousands of pounds for Mid & North Essex Mind, which offers support and advice to anyone suffering a mental health issue, and has helped to boost trade for local businesses too. 

In 2019 we’re launching the WinterFest Community Fund to help individuals and projects in Brightlingsea.

To date, WinterFest has raised over :

Our aims

To bring people of all ages and cultures in the community together to build community cohesion and resilience
To promote the arts as a contributing factor to better mental wellbeing and  raise awareness of mental health issues
To showcase local talent, encourage more people to take up a new hobby and join the local clubs and music groups
To support local businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry, helping to boost income

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how it all began…

In 2014, following the suicide of a well-known local musician after a long battle with depression, a group of his friends decided to hold a small concert in his memory. The event was designed to raise spirits and boost the town’s sense of community.

The first WinterFest took place in 2015 – a four-day music and arts festival run by volunteers at at different venues around Brightlingsea. It raised over £2,000 for Mind UK and has since gone on to raise thousands more for Mid and North East Essex Mind, a self-funded subsidiary of Mind UK.

From those early beginnings, WinterFest has grown to become a major town event, featuring something for everyone to enjoy with lots of opportunities to get involved.

Come along and banish the winter blues with us!

how it all began…

In 2014, following the suicide of a well-known local musician after a long battle with depression, a group of his friends decided to hold a small concert in his memory. The event was designed to raise spirits and boost the town’s sense of community.

The first WinterFest took place in 2015 – a four-day music and arts festival run by volunteers at at different venues around Brightlingsea. It raised over £2,000 for Mind UK and has since gone on to raise thousands more for Mid and North East Essex Mind, a self-funded subsidiary of Mind UK.

From those early beginnings, WinterFest has grown to become a major town event, featuring something for everyone to enjoy with lots of opportunities to get involved.

Come along and banish the winter blues with us!

WinterFest works…

WinterFest
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Events for 2019

2019 Events

We've got some great events planned for WinterFest 2019. Most are free to attend and there'll be plenty of opportunities to donate to WinterFest and buy some great WinterFest merchandise.

The list below shows confirmed events but please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news or any last-minute changes. More details coming soon!

Friday, February 1 | 8.30pm | Ye Olde Swan, High Street

Kicking off WinterFest 2019 is Electro Folk Night - and what a line-up!

Philip Marino

Philip Marino is an American alt-country/Americana singer-songwriter based in Colchester.  Marino's songs have been played on radio stations around the world, including BBC radio throughout the United Kingdom.

http://www.philipmarino.com

The Hardy Perennials

A four-piece Essex based folk group, with a project of putting some of Thomas Hardy's famous and lesser known lyric poems to simple folk melody.

https://joeharvey.bandcamp.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/HardyPerennials

LcJc

Acoustic duo performing covers of a wide variety of musical genres and styles.

Inside Out Trio

Acoustic Trio will take you on a journey around the British isles, with traditional and original folk music.  Regular favourites at Winterfest!

http://www.insideouttrio.com/

Thursday, February 7 | 8.30pm | Ye Olde Swan, High Street

Friday, February 8 | 8.00pm | Ye Olde Swan, High Street


Come and enjoy a nautical night with a beer or two with one of the best shanty crews in East Anglia, Brightlingsea's very own Motley Crew. The 13-strong crew has raised thousands of pounds for the RNLI through performances across Essex and beyond. Expect some sea shanties and sea songs you know and some you don't – and plenty of fun along the way!

Saturday, February 9 | 10.30am | Brightlingsea Library, New Street

Pupils of Brightlingsea-based piano teacher Melanie Bridle will be showing off their skills, augmented by some special guests. A great way to boost the confidence of some young – and not so young – students, and support your local library at the same time!

Saturday, February 9 | 7.00pm | St James' Church, High Street

Enjoy a candlelit musical evening in St James Church with a fab lineup of performers.

There's the bluesy three-piece, Broomwagon, When Rivers Meet, a duo playing blues and roots rock, jazz from the Daryl Sharman Duo, the Hope in Harmony community choir - plus a special guest artiste!

The concert starts at 7pm, drinks and refreshments will be available, and funds raised from the £5 entry fee will be split between Mid and North East Essex Mind and the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund.

Tickets are available from Spirals in Victoria Place, on the door or online from the WinterFest Box Office.

Friday, February 15 | 9.00pm | The Railway Tavern, Station Road

Saturday, February 16 | 10.00 - 2.00pm | Brightlingsea Sports Centre, Colne Community College, Church Road

Come along on Valentine’s weekend and learn a little about self-love! Taking care of our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing is the foundation to a better life and we will be full to the brim with experts on life coaching, healthy eating and sport not to mention some great local societies you can join! Activities include a bouncy castle, sports games, and performances from some amazing local talent!

Take control of your happiness this year and start with the Winterfest WellBeing Day!

The line up includes: 

  • "What's Self Love Got to Do With It?” Workshop by Life Coach Alex Kokkaris 
  • Yoga taster session by B'Sea Sports Centre
  • AN79 Tattoo & Piercing talk on camouflage tattooing and anxiety piercing
  • Primrose Natural Foods with lots of yummy, healthy snacks!
  • Talk and tour by local Personal Trainer on fitness

For further details or any enquiries please contact Mia on 07908 670 026 or email alix@healthtalks.org.uk 

WellBeing Day Timetable - 10am - 2pm

All stall holders will be available all day but they each have a time slot for holding any activities or talks

Morning Sessions

10:30am

  1. "What's Self Love Got to Do With It?” Workshop 
  2. Talk and tour by local Personal Trainer on fitness 
  3. B’Sea Rotary Club

 11am 

  1. AN79 Tattoo & Piercing talk on camouflage tattooing and anxiety piercing 
  2. B’Sea sailing Club 
  3. Provide Essex Lifestyle service 

11:30am 

  1. Primrose Natural Foods with lots of yummy, healthy snacks 
  2. Mental Health First Aid Talk and workshop 
  3. Yoga taster session by B'Sea Sports Centre 

– Lunch Break for vendors 12pm - 12:30pm – 

Afternoon Sessions

12:30pm

  1. "What's Self Love Got to Do With It?” Workshop 
  2. Talk and tour by local Personal Trainer on fitness 
  3. B’Sea Rotary Club 

1pm

  1. AN79 Tattoo & Piercing talk on camouflage tattooing and anxiety piercing 
  2. B’Sea sailing Club 
  3. Provide Essex Lifestyle service 

1:30pm

  1. Primrose Natural Foods with lots of yummy, healthy snacks 
  2. Mental Health First Aid Talk and workshop 
  3. Yoga taster session by B'Sea Sports Centre 

Saturday, February 16 | 10.00 - 1.00pm | Brightlingsea Museum, Station Road

Join us in the museum for Postcard Weekend. 

Discover views of Brightlingsea over the decades, including some special collections and albums to look through.

You'll have an opportunity to create your own post card –  all materials supplied –  or your favourite places in Brightlingsea or create something different with our range of resources.

Something for everyone – things to look at, talk about and to do. Refreshments available

Admission free (donations to Winterfest). For further information, call 01206 303286.

Saturday, February 16 | 7.30pm | YMCA Hall, High Street

An evening of spoken word and music to chase away the cold!

Bring your own refreshments to enjoy poetry, stories, memories of old Brightlingsea as well as a wide range of music.

Performers will include: Stephen Foster- Pilkington, Katy Bingham-Best, Mary Baker, Gunter Teichler, Darryl Mayhead and Mike Mathieson.

There will also be a big musical finale from the Infinity Duo- John and Colleen from the Phoenix Jazz Orchestra- to round off the evening in style.

There will be a suggested donation of £5 on the door.

Sunday, February 17 | 10.00am - 1.00pm | Brightlingsea Museum, Station Road

Join us in the museum for the second day of Postcard Weekend, with the addition of Essex Storytime with Jan Williams at 11.00am

Discover views of Brightlingsea over the decades, including some special collections and albums to look through.

You'll have an opportunity to create your own post card –  all materials supplied –  or your favourite places in Brightlingsea or create something different with our range of resources.

Something for everyone – things to look at, talk about and to do. Refreshments available

Admission free (donations to Winterfest). For further information, call 01206 303286.

Sunday, February 17 | 1.00pm | Railway Tavern, Station Road

Some of North Essex finest singer/songwriters are coming to Winterfest to help chase away the winter blues.  Come and enjoy a full afternoon of varied and high quality original music.

Wednesday, February 20 | 11.00am | Brightlingsea Library, New Street

Storytellers Carl Merry and Jan Williams, who travel Essex telling their enchanting stories, come to Brightlingsea Library.

A heart-warming entertainment for a chilly winter half term!

This is a free event, suitable for all ages, but contact the library on 0345 603 7628 in advance to book a place.

Friday, February 22 | 7.30pm | Studio Music, East End Green

Featuring Oo La Quartet - see them in action here. 

Drinks and nibbles available, doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets - £15 each available from the WinterFest Box Office or Spirals in Victoria Place.

Saturday, February 23 | 7.00pm | Community Centre, Lower Park Road

Settle down with a bag of popcorn and watch the critically-acclaimed documentary, Searching for Sugarman, the fascinating story of two South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock'n'roller, Rodriguez.

Saturday, February 23 | 6.30pm - 9.30pm | The Rosebud, Hurst Green

Wivenhoe Funny Farm comes to WinterFest

The well-established comedy club makes a welcome visit to Brightlingsea.

This will be a great evening, with a line-up that includes experienced and award winning comedians:

Suggested donation on the door £5

Sunday, February 24 | 10.00am - 4.00pm | Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Oyster Tank Rd

 

Enjoy a fun, relaxing and enjoyable day of creative activity, with a wide choice of media to play with, in workshops guided by local friendly artists. A list of the workshops available is shown below and more detailed information can be viewed and downloaded here. You can also download a flyer listing all the activities here.

• Participants need no previous experience or ability, just a willingness to have a go!

• Children are welcome but are required to have adult support for workshops

• Arts & Crafts from participating artists will also be on display & for sale

• All welcome to drop by, there will be a pop-up café at the Sailing Club, offering savoury and sweet delights, run by volunteers, open all day! All proceeds from the café will go to the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund.

• Brightlingsea Beach School activities available for younger children ( confident walking -8yrs ) parents to accompany. Please wear wellies ( adults and children) and waterproofs for children, wrap up warm! Times : 10-11am and 1130–1230, booking preferred but not essential contact Juliette Heppell 07977477556 Juliette@heppell.net

Disabled access and toilet available, easy parking at the venue – please let us know in advance of extra support needed.

PLEASE NOTE : To avoid disappointment, booking is advisable to take part in all art and craft workshops.

To secure your place, please contact: Nicky Sheales tel 01206 306324

We have endeavoured to keep costs as low as possible just to cover the materials you will use in each workshop. Artists are kindly donating their time.

AM Workshops

11am -1pm Papermaking from plants

10.30-12.30 Monotype printing

10.30-12.00 Mixed Medium Postcards

10.00- 11.15 & 11.30-12.45 Animals pottery workshop (air dry clay)

10.00am-1200pm Nautical Ropework (dragonfly key ring or coaster, 30 min slots)

10.30-12.30 Experiment with Texture and Paints

 

PM Workshops

1.00-2.00 Ropework Nautical Ropework (dragonfly key ring or coaster, 30 min slots)

2-4pm Making Faces in Clay

2-4pm Experiment with Colour

Sunday, February 24 | 2.30pm | Railway Tavern, Station Road

The well-known poet, songwriter and raconteur comes to WinterFest.

It's sure to be a popular event, so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Suggested donation of £5 on the door.

Our fundraising does this...

Pays for a session with a Support, Time & Recovery worker to help with debt & finance issues or the search for work.

Covers the cost of a group session to offer support and friendship to people who find it hard to get out and about.

Pays for six counselling sessions for someone with mild to moderate depression or anxiety to help them cope.

Pays for eight sessions of therapeutic support for a young person having a tough time at school or at home.

Get involved...

Help

Many hands make life easy!
• Set up events
• Sell raffle tickets
• Run events
• Make cakes
• Whatever!

Perform

If you'd like to perform at Winterfest we want to hear from you. Bands, singers, poets, storytellers, dancers – whatever you do, help us make winter a brighter place.

Support us

Without your support, Winterfest can't happen. Come out to one of the many events happening throughout February and get involved. You'll feel much better for it!

WinterFest Video Vault

WinterFest
Video Vault

Ropework Workshop

Claire Simone and Adrian Nation (YouTube)

Crazy Train

Terry & Colin Blues (YouTube)

Cindery (YouTube)

Clay Face workshop with Nicky Sheales

Contact WinterFest

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WinterFest

Our sponsors and supporters...

Without the help of our sponsors and supporters, WinterFest couldn't happen. Thanks to them all.