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.
By bringing people together, sport can play an important role in building solidarity and for many is a route into community
In this month’s Ignite we explore sport and sub-culture through the lens of cycling and skateboarding.
There is an ongoing debate as to whether skateboarding is a sport or closer to an art form.
Since there’s no rulebook for how you should skate or where you can do it, that’s a big difference from sports. It leaves a huge room for imagination. Skateboarding allows you to keep playing, even if you’re not a kid anymore. (TOMMI BJÖRK)
Certainly skate culture has strong connections to other arts through music, fashion, street art and language.
In cycling and BMX video, clothing, accessories and social media have been key in developing a sense of community. Many well-known figures have their own channels and filming tricks and stunts has been instrumental in sharing and showcasing skills and talent.
With talks from local enthusiasts and venue Radical Bikes and Hot Box Skate shop/venue we will explore how these sub-cultures have evolved into global communities and Olympic events. Looking at the communities we have in Chelmsford and how we can better celebrate local talent.
Jon and Dave Hughes from Hot Box will talk about their experiences setting up a Skate Shop and Music Venue combined (Est 2018 in Chelmsford). Together with Adam Whitaker, Monster Network, they will share what its like to be part of a skater community and their aspirations to help develop and grow the burgeoning local skate and music scene in the city
Tom and Mick, run Radical Bikes Community Interest Company. Since opening in August 2009 they have been building and developing a unique Trials, BMX and Dirt Jumping venue just outside Chelmsford. They have built a strong community of riders, all with a common aim: To have fun on their bikes. They run a festival, perform stunts and displays and have recently set up a training group for toddlers on balance bikes Radical Bikes – A unique Trials, BMX and Dirt Jumping venue.
**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 High Street, by the escalator entrance to Debenhams, and next to Nandos. Google maps: 51.732628, 0.475775