A cross-Channel dance project involving socially excluded young people is getting under way in Plymouth.
Organised and run by the acclaimed Attik Dance company, the aim is to help enable participants from the South West and Brittany to create a dynamic piece of movement which is relevant to their own experiences.
The weekly sessions in Plymouth are being run by Attik Dance director Ben Dunks and professional dancer Sophie Colthurst. The project is a joint venture with Danse À Tous Les Étages, a theatre organisation based in the Breton cities of Brest and Rennes.
"The focus of the project is on creativity and movement as a tool for social innovation," said Sophie. "Both arts organisations are running parallel projects, meeting weekly with similar groups of young people.
"We will all then get together in France for a week to create a dance piece to be performed in a professional theatre. After developing their skills further in weekly sessions, the groups will gather in Plymouth to create another piece in July."
Attik Dance are now looking for people aged 16 to 25 years, who live in Plymouth, Torpoint or Saltash and are currently not in education, employment or training.
"There are a lot of advantages to taking part," said Sophie. "Not least a funded opportunity to travel to another country and broaden their perspective.
"The group will also participate in weekly dance and creative sessions with qualified dance professionals, have the chance to gain a bronze or silver arts award, develop communication, leadership and team building skills, learn basic French, build self-confidence and respect, and increase fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle."
Anyone wanting to join the group can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752-395134.
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Church Hall: Light lunches and teas, Thursdays from 10.30am.
St Anne's Hall: Spring Exhibition and Sale of Paintings. Until May 12.
Queen's Theatre: Go Back for Murder. Until May 3.
Three Pigeons: North Devon Ramblers, 567300. Tarka Trail. Codden Hill. About four miles. Monday 6pm.
Village Hall: Annual Plant Sale. Saturday 10.30-noon.
Masons Arms: Beer Festival. Friday until May 6
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Harbourside: Brixham Pirate Festival. Saturday and Sunday.
Parkhouse Centre: Bude, Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society 'Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War' by Steve Perry. Monday 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £1.50.
Village Hall: Bugle Silver Band supporters committee Bingo. Eyes down. Monday 7.30pm.
Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.
The Old Chapel: Esperanto: Mark Branwell and Jon Boyes, Spanish Guitar/flamenco duo. Entry free. Donations welcome. Friday 8.30pm.
Camelford Hall, The Clease: the Camelford Floral Society monthly meeting with Diana Bate 'Artistic Inspiration'. Wheelchair friendly. Visitors welcome. Wednesday 7.30pm.
Village Hall: Playford style country dancing. Friday 7.30pm.
759452: North Devon Ramblers, Farley Water-Badgworth-Lank Combe. Sunday 10.30am, about nine miles.
Cathedral Chapter House: Michael Kevin Hones - cello. Sunday 7pm.
Phoenix: Music with the Treetop Flyers. Thursday 8pm; Mr Woodnote, Friday 8pm; the Diamond Family Archive plus Lux Harmonium and Thirty Pounds of Bone, Voodoo lounge. Sat 8pm; Tom McRae, Sat 8pm.
Withycombe Methodist Church Hall: Exmouth Folk Dance with Rosie Shaw and music by The Amycrofters. Thursday 8pm.
Princess Pavilion: Hello Dolly. Tues-Sat 7.30pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday.
Landmark Theatre: Landmark Beer Festival. Fri-Sun.
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
Methodist Church Vestry: Coffee morning for White Cross Mission. Wednesday 10.30am.
Lukesland Gardens: Open Sunday and Wednesday. 24 acres of fine woodland garden.
Village Hall: Gaming Evening, 16+ age group. Friday 5-10pm. Admission £1.
Dingles Heritage Centre: South West Organ Festival. May 4-6.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
The Community Centre: Antique and Collector's Market. Friday 11am-3pm.
Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.
Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone: Terry Faull, historian will talk on Holy Wells in Devon and Cornwall evening lecture. Thursday 7pm.
Paignton Green: BMAD Motorbike and Music Festival. Friday until May 5.
PAR ST MARY
Methodist church Hall: Jumble Sale, Sat 11am-1pm. Proceeds for church funds.
The Acorn: Windswept Productions presents The Incomers, Friday and Saturday.
Penlee House Gallery: David Evans talk by David Evans on Gilbert Evans – The Real Story. Booking essential 01736 363625. Monday 7.30pm.
The Old Dairy: Siobhan Purdy 'My life in paintings'. Until June 4.
Mothecombe House, Holbeton: Garden open to the public as part of NGS. Teas available. Ample parking. No dogs. Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.
Pavilions: Michael Ball. Monday 7.30pm.
Crownhill: RBL Club: Plymouth Jazz Club. Sun 7.30pm.
Rees Centre: The Plympton Seniors Association meet most Mondays 1.45pm. New members very welcome. Friendly group.
Minack Theatre: Helston School Jazz Orchestra, Friday; Baron Herzog's Box of Operatic Delights presented by Duchy Opera, Saturday; Choirs from Cornwall International Male Choir Festival, Sunday 1pm.
Village Hall: The Rattery Craft Fair. Original work by selected local artists/makers. Sunday 10am-4pm.
Village Hall: Whist Drive, Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive good prizes. Friday 7.30pm.
Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.
Village Hall: Uncommon Players present Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, Saturday 7.30pm. Tickets £7 on the door.
St Michael and All Angels Church: Alvington Singers presents Faure's Requiem £12 on the door. Saturday 7.30pm.
Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.
The Quaker Meeting House, High cross: Cruse Bereavement Care Meeting for St Austell Friendship Group. Ring Joan 01726 74155 if attending for the first time. Saturday 6.30pm.
Wheal Martyn: Park and Museum open daily 10m-5pm.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2.30pm, closed Sun and BH. Admission free.
Church: Concert by Joyful Company of Singers. Saturday 7.30pm.
New Craftsman Gallery: Exhibition of ceramics, paintings, sculptural furniture. Until May 11.
Methodist Chapel: Buffet Salad Lunch. £5. Saturday 11.30am.
Parish Church: Festival of Wedding Dresses and Christening Gowns. Sat & Mon 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.
Town Hall: Vintage and Textile Fair. Saturday 10am-5pm.
The Abbey Chapel: Lunchtime recital to Music Borne. Tickets £5 on door. Sat 1pm.
St Eustachius's Church: Organ Recital by Sean Sweeney. Tickets £5 on the door. Tuesday 1pm; Tavistock Sings! showcase of local school choirs. £8 on the door. Wednesday 7pm; Organ Recital by Mary Mazur-Park and Maurice Selleck. £5 on the door. Thurs 1pm; Piano Recital by Brian Chapple, Friday 1pm.
Gallery 26, Bedford Hotel: Jazz Supper with Park Row Five. Tickets in advance £12.50 on the door £15. Monday 7.30pm.
The Wharf: Stannary Brass Band, Tues 7.30pm; Open Mic Night, Thurs 8pm; Bookends present Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years, Sat 8pm; Regarding Eve Theatre Company present Inside Out, Sun 2.30pm.
Museum: Open daily 11am-3pm. Major exhibition commemorating the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Div arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943. Until Oct 13.
Centre: Torquay Food & Arts Festival. Sat and Sun.
Princess Theatre: Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Until May 4.
Babbacombe Theatre: Spellbound, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8.30pm.
Meadowbrook Community Centre, Dartington: Johnny Wiliams & Lynette Marie. Saturday, doors open 6.30 for 8pm.
Civic Hall: Totnes Folk Club Folk Dance with Robert Blackborow and the Ivor Hyde Band. Saturday 7.30-11pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.
Village Hall: Woodbury Garden Club Plan Sale. Free Entry. Saturday 10am.