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Our series of #CreativeNetwork conversations continue to take place each weekday morning at 9:30am. In recent weeks we have developed a programme of themed conversations that will each take place on a monthly basis. These cover particular art forms and issues, as well as local geographic areas.

Coming up next week are discussions on Dance with guests from Sadler’s Wells, One Dance UK, Magpie Dance and more (29 June), Theatre with Charlotte Jones from ITC (30 June), Coventry (1 July), Local Arts Wales (2 July) and Crafts with guests from the APPG on Crafts and more (3 July).

In the coming weeks we’ll also be talking about the West Midlands (6 July), Science & Arts (7 July), Theatre education & participation with NODA, NAYT, the RSC and Minerva Theatre (8 July), Neighbourhood connections (15 July), West Yorkshire (16 July), Devon (17 July) and managing cultural Spaces (22 July).

Join us via Zoom any weekday from 9:30 – 10:30am. To join a call, just click the “Join” button next to that day’s session in the timetable on www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

From Voluntary Arts Newsletter June 2020

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‘MyCorona’

Time to off load and share. Our voices telling you how it really is: The highs, the lows, the new learnt talents and how we have been staying connected to our communities….Or have you just been pulling your hair out? Work life and home life = Crazy Life!!!

Bolton at Home Production.

Bolton Digital ‘stories’ podcasts

Short stories from a mix of local people about their experiences during the Coronavirus lockdown

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Octagon Online

A Selection of Fun, Creative and Educational activities you can enjoy at home

StoryMakers

Our popular storytelling sessions have moved online. Visit our website for stories read allowed by a professional actor with an accompanying craft activity: https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/storymakers/

Get Creative Challenge

Get Creative Challenge – Join our participants in completing a weekly creative challenge, suitable for all ages. Info here: https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/get-creative-challenges/

ReAct

ReAct – our project for over 50’s is connecting people across Bolton online. Find us on Facebook and at our ReAct Theatre Club, an online opportunity to watch and read theatre, then take part in fun, informal discussions about it. Plays will be announced every Wednesday, with discussions taking place the following Wednesday from 2-4pm over Zoom. Anyone connected to Bolton and over 50 is welcome to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OctagonReAct/

Also see Octagon Theatre Bolton -wide creative writing Competition

https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/writingcompetition/

Facebook – @OctagonBolton

Twitter –  @octagontheatre

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GM i-THRIVE Arts Culture& Mental Health: Ask us Anything

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Here’s your chance to get answers to any questions you have about arts, culture and mental health. 

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We’ll be answering your questions throughout July during our dedicated Arts, Culture and Mental Health month. Keep your eye on your inbox, and follow us on twitter @GMiTHRIVE where we’ll be providing the answers and more.