July in Oxfordshire
Here we are in the last week of June 2011 and we are very much looking forward to an action-packed July. Let’s hope the weather holds out for us to enjoy it!
There is a lot of music in Oxfordshire this month and we start it this weekend with the annual Cowley Road Carnival. This year’s theme is ‘People, places and Cultures’. The festival takes place in Cowley Road and South Park with a gala showcase on Saturday by other Carnival groups in the South East region and then the fundraising Fiesta in the Park. Sunday sees the Carnival Procession take place and there will be plenty of family activities and global food stalls. Having had a quick look at the forecast, it looks like we may be set for another sunny and dry weekend, so make sure you put your sun cream on!
For those of you who prefer a more ‘classical’ type of music, this Saturday Oxford Town Hall will host Vaughan Williams ‘An Oxford Elegy’ & ‘The Lark Ascending’, performed by the Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera
The following weekend sees more musical performances of all types. Friday 8th sees The Yard DJ Mixtape Sessions at Modern Art Oxford. From new wave to chillwave, ambient to fuzz rock n roll, go beyond the usual beats per minute and ease yourself into the weekend. On Saturday 9th July the Oxford City Singers have their annual summer concert at St Stephen’s House. They will perform a fabulous mix of eclectic songs to tempt all tastes (from Morning Has Broken to Bohemian Rhapsody!), and there will even be a Pimms bar!
Also on Saturday 9th is Alice’s Day at various locations around Oxford. The Castle will be transformed in to Alice’s magical Wonderland, where you will be able to enjoy family entertainment including croquet and giant chess, meet beautiful white rabbits, and join in a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. There will be storytelling, street and promenade performances – including the tale of the Jabberwocky in the Botanic Gardens – talks, walks and many other activities for Alice enthusiasts young and old in Oxford’s historic and world-class locations. Best of all, you can dress up for it!
From the 10th until the end of the month, UnderConstruction Theatre presents Mapping Wonderland. Performers from UnderConstruction Theatre will take you on a journey throughout the beautiful city of Oxford, exploring the idea that Oxford was and still is the original Wonderland, littered with eccentric and absorbing characters.
From 21st until 24th July Waterperry House hosts Art in Action. Every July over 4 days, 25,000 visitors flock to see over 400 artists, craftsmen, performers, musicians, teachers and lecturers come together in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire to demonstrate their skills and love of art. Visitors can observe artists creating sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and more. They can listen to live music, watch performing arts from around the world, hear lecturers expound on their chosen subject and learn from the teachers in the hugely popular practical classes.
If you want to be a bit more active, and participate in some art, head along to The Big Swim on 24th July at Barton Leisure Centre. It is an interactive art installation in a swimming pool which encourages members of the public to truly immerse themselves in the spirit of the London 2012 Games. It is a unique live event where participants will experience swimming in a cloud of light and colour, based on one of the five Olympic colours; blue, yellow, purple, green and red.
Of course, this is only a small selection of what is happening in Oxfordshire this month. For more details on the events listed here, and to see the full calendar for the month, visit www.oxfordinspires.org
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