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Posted 01.05.19

What’s on in Plymouth - May 2019

By Kat Peberdy

Join us for an artist talk and drinks reception for Steven Paige's exhibition in The Gallery

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we know the importance of taking care of your mental, emotional and physical health.

Whether through exercise, meditation, involvement in your local community or picking up a new skill - involvement in arts and culture has proven to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. So we’ve lined up just some of the activities in our city this month; from arts, crafts and cultural events to see, do, and attend.

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1. Wildflower Planting at Grow Stonehouse

Help Grow Stonehouse plant a wildflower meadow, for all our local butterflies, bugs and bees. All seeds and tools will be provided, and it’s completely free! The presence of wildflowers with nectar-rich plants helps support dwindling populations of these native pollinators, which in turn supports our ecosystem, especially in built-up environments.

You’ll be planting sunflowers, bug hunting and there will be free snacks. What's not to like?

Wildflower Planting – Friday 3 May

2. Panel Debate: art curation or art censorship at Roland Levinsky Building

Martin Owen, founder, and Chair of the Exeter Ideas Salon, will chair a panel debate in which four industry experts share their perspectives on censorship within arts, followed by questions from the audience.

The panel consists of Nigel Hurst, former CEO of the Saatchi gallery and now Head of Contemporary Arts at The Box; Dr Sarah Chapman, Artistic Director of The Arts Institute; Dr Wendy Earle, convenor of the Academy of Ideas Arts and Society forum and Mo Lovatt, writer and researcher in arts and culture policy.

Panel Debate: art curation or art censorship – Friday 3 May

3. Dachshund pop-up cafe at Revolution

Do you love Dachshunds? Do you enjoy seeing many little sausages in the same place? Looking for your little pup to make some sausage friends? Then this is undoubtedly the place for you.

This one-off event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality canine time - and it’s been proven that petting a dog reduces stress and anxiety!

Daschund pop-up cafe – Saturday 4 May

4. Plymouth History Festival, citywide

Plymouth History Festival is an annual celebration of Plymouth’s heritage and takes place across the city in a range of venues and locations.

Since it began in 2013 the festival has featured hundreds of events, from talks, guided walks and behind the scenes tours, to performances, family activities, exhibitions and displays – there’s something for everybody on the jam-packed programme.

Plymouth History Festival – 4 to 31 May

5. Crowd-FUN-ding Meeting at Think Tanq

Successful funder? Prospective funder? Just interested in having a chat with some like-minded folk? Get together to talk through the trials, tribulations, jubilation and subtleties of crowdfunding.

Turn up, drink tea, eat biscuits and meet some nice people - then leave with ideas and enthusiasm for your next project!

Crowd-FUN-ding Meeting – Tuesday 7 May

6. Target Reference Quiz night at The Clipper Inn

Test your Movie, TV and Video Game knowledge against other fans at this quiz night!

There will be questions covering Doctor Who, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Metal Gear Solid, The American Office, Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones and everything in-between.

Target Reference Quiz Night – Tuesday 7 May

7. Reclaim the Frame: STYX at Plymouth Arts Cinema

Written by Ika Künzel, and featuring a powerful lead performance from Susanne Wolff, Styx is the eighth film in Birds’ Eye View’s ‘Reclaim The Frame’ project – a BFI backed mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films made by women.

Following the screening of Styx, there will be a panel discussion, exploring issues of the refugee crisis raised in the film. The discussion will be chaired by Jo Duncombe of Birds' Eye View, and she'll be joined by Dr Sana Murrani, Founder of the Displacement Studies Research Network, and Waleed Abdallah from British Red Cross and Give Back. You'll also have the opportunity and support to write a letter to a refugee based in Calais, with our workshop before and after the film!

Plymouth College of Art students and staff can book their tickets for just £4 to all films at Plymouth Arts Cinema - for more info click here.

Reclaim the Frame: STYX – Thursday 9 May

8. Steven Paige: Artist Talk and Drinks Reception at The Gallery

Join us from 5:30pm for an artist talk by Steven Paige in Plymouth Arts Cinema, he'll be discussing his exhibition, Meeting the Archive, within the context of his wider practice. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception from 6:15pm and a chance to view Paige’s exhibition in The Gallery.

Steven Paige: Artist Talk and Drinks Reception – Thursday 9 May

9. Exhibition - Label: a celebration of gender and identity at St Saviours

Label is a free exhibition exploring themes of gender, and sexual identity, celebrating interpretations of personal experiences by local artists as well as across Europe.

Entry is free, but donations of money or clothes will be accepted and given to charity. They will also be raising money for Mermaids, a charity who work to raise awareness about gender and nonconformity in children and young people.

Exhibition - Label: a celebration of gender and identity – 10 to 12 May

10. Macrame Plant Hangers Workshop at Ocean Studios

In this workshop you’ll be making your own macrame plant hangers from a variety of cords and recycled t-shirts. It's the perfect craft for anyone whose window ledges and shelves are overflowing with plants! You'll learn all the macrame knots you'll need to make a variety of different designs and you should leave with one finished pieces and a few instructional sheets to make more at home.

Macrame Plant Hangers Workshop – Saturday 12 May

11. Comicon and Gaming Festival at Plymouth Life Centre

Offering a the comic convention experience with the gaming festival vibe, this event will have gaming zones with interactive stands where you can try tabletop games and enjoy a battle or try retro games and consoles.

There’ll be plenty of great prizes for best costumes, as well as comic artists and exhibitors selling everything from autographs and comics, to specialist props.

Comicon and Gaming Festival – Sunday 12 May

12. Upcycling  and Altering Workshop at Make @ 140

Would you like to learn how to breathe new life into your clothes? Learn how to alter, reshape and transform your clothes into something that you want to wear!

You’ll learn how to mark, unpick and pin alterations, shorten and let down hems, use darts, pleats and gathering to reshape garments, along with adding or replacing zips and buttons.

Upcycling and Altering Workshop – Sunday 12 May

13. Cirque Bezerk at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Direct from the West End, Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back by popular demand – featuring all your favourite acts plus some thrilling new ones!

Combining contemporary cirque style artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action, this international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, and daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills.

Cirque Bezerk – 14 to 19 May

14. Beach Clean Information Drop-In at Boston Tea Party

Head to the Beach Clean Information Drop-In at Boston Tea Party to meet your local beach clean team, explore some unusual items found on the beach, find out more about beach cleaning and learn how to get involved.

Beach Clean Information Drop-In – Saturday 18 May

15. Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon

Suitable for both athletes and experienced runners, Plymouth Half Marathon passes through Saltram and Elburton before finishing on Plymouth Hoe. This challenging yet scenic route takes in Plymouth's most famous landmarks. It may be too late to register as a runner, but you can always line the route and cheer on those raising money for charity or working towards their personal best!

Head to the Plymouth Arts Cinema for a special screening of The Road to Sparta, three days before the half marathon on 16 May. The film follows four runners as they take on the ultimate race, the 153-mile Spartathlon between Athens and Sparta. If you're registered for the half marathon, they'll even give you some free jelly beans for the movie.

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon – Sunday 19 May

16. Pitch your Project at Mount Batten Activities Centre

POP ideas are working with the National Lottery Community Fund and BBC Children In Need to provide the opportunity for Plymouth groups and organisations to present their project ideas to a multi-funder panel, showing the difference your activities and services can make to the communities of Plymouth.

This whole event will also provide the opportunity to obtain information on the support available locally to get your great idea funded and hear from others about their plans in Plymouth.

Pitch your Project – Thursday 23 May

17. Manor St Market at Union Corner 

This monthly market is your opportunity to browse a range of bric-a-brac, things people have made, enjoy some delicious food and watch local people perform. You can also check out their young person's Mini-Market, where future entrepreneurs sell their makes and ideas.

Manor St Market – Saturday 25 May

18. Plymouth Fringe Festival, citywide

For the fifth year in a row, Plymouth’s annual celebration of theatre and live performance will showcase some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West.

From the City Centre to the Waterfront, Plymouth will buzz with fresh and inspiring new shows right here in Britain’s Ocean City.

Plymouth Fringe Festival – 27 May to 1 June

19. Flavour Fest at Plymouth Piazza

The South West’s largest food and drink festival returns to the city for its 16th year!

This event will see the Piazza transformed with stalls brimming with local delicacies, live music, and a marquee bar. With more than 100 traders showcasing the best regional produce – as well as cookery demonstrations from talented local and celebrity chefs.

Flavour Fest – 31 May to 2 June


...And, if you're interested in creative study, your next chance to visit us at our Campus Experience Day is on Wednesday 29 May 2019. Register online to secure your place!