Our events are hosted in the city as well as online. Our relaxed monthly Socials are a great way to meet others and hear inspirational talks from local and national creatives. Our online, monthly Hub events are the ideal platform to promote what you are doing and call out for support and collaboration.
If you are holding a creative or cultural event in or near Chelmsford then fill in the ‘Add your event’ form below, and we will include in the monthly Ignite Members’ and Friends’ newsletters.
We recommend that all events are also listed on the Chelmsford for You website, the central hub for event listings in Chelmsford.
At Ignite we are great believers in the power of art to bring people together and develop a sense of identity and community.
Intergenerational activities can help different age groups relate to and value one another – reducing ageism, breaking down stereotypes and increasing empathy. Intergenerational projects enable cultural traditions and values – as well as new innovations and technology – to be shared between generations, which helps build a sense of personal and community identity while encouraging tolerance. Older adults, including those with dementia and similar cognitive impairments have been shown to have improved memory and a more positive outlook as a result of interacting with young children. Children also benefit hugely from the unconditional attention a relationship with an older person can provide – improved confidence and communication skills are seen, vocabulary improves, social barriers are broken down. It’s a win-win scenario! (Manor and Castle Development Trust, Sheffield)
In this meet-up we hear from two speakers developing cutting-edge projects which demonstrate the power of this approach with examples ranging from dance to film and inter-generational activism.
Lucy Bayliss (Dance East) will talk about some of their projects including Moving Together, their innovative Dance From Home project in an Ipswich care home and the exciting Our Town Dances in Hadleigh and Stowmarket which bought together over 140 participants from age 8 to over 80 from within the two towns.
Kate Hodson (Magic Me) will highlight some of the creative work they have been doing in Essex care homes over the past year. In an increasingly polarised world, Magic Me exists to bring the generations together through the arts to build stronger, safer and more integrated communities. Working with the oldest and youngest generations, their creative projects use the arts to stimulate dialogue and exchange ideas across generations.
**HELP US GROW OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY**
Ignite Chelmsford is a cultural forum for those involved in Chelmsford’s creative community. Whether you are worker, volunteer, potential partner, or simply a culture loving resident – you are welcome, and we want to hear from you!
Once a month, Ignite hosts social meet-up: an inspirational gathering and an opportunity to learn how we can support one another’s work. There will be time to shout out about upcoming events, help needed or ideas in development so feel free to bring along any promo materials.
We will have a bar with soft and alcoholic drinks.
We suggest a donation of £5, but our event is intended to be accessible and open to all, so a donation is not mandatory.
How to find the venue: Patch is in the old Chop Bloc space, just off the Hig Street, by the escalator entrance to Debenhams, and next to Nandos. Google maps: 51.732628, 0.475775We look forward to seeing you there
Photo: Magic Me – ‘The Colours of Us’ is the final project of Quality Street, connecting older and younger people in Leyton since January 2019.