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Exeter Library opens after hours for evening of summer fun and creativity

Posted on 24 May 2023

As part of Art Week Exeter, Exeter Library is rolling out a summer evening spectacular of live music and creative workshops in the latest Library Lates.

The Library Lates after-hours parties have now become a regular fixture in Exeter Library’s calendar since they were relaunched after lockdown last July.

The latest event is set for Friday 16th June, running between 7.30 and 11pm.

Callum Elliott-Archer, Centre Manager at Exeter Library, said: “The hugely popular Library Lates are now set as a regular fixture three times a year in our calendar. While the sell-out event last November was a winter warmer for people to come together in our welcoming space, the flavour this time is very much of a summer party. Time to get together again, try something creative, enjoy the music and have a drink with friends.”

Musical highlights of the evening will include:

Haytor (9:30 – 10:30pm)

Combining high energy, eccentric performances with soaring melodic vocals, and lively arrangements, Haytor produces their own blend of charismatic indie rock. The band is made up of vocalist Austin Robison and brother Cameron Robison on bass, along with guitarist Jonny Lewis and drummer Cal Verney. Based in Devon, Haytor pull together introspective cynical lyrics with dynamic driven indie rock, complete with jangly guitar and anthem choruses.

Sounds Like Lily (8 – 9pm)

Blending jazz and neo-soul into reflective songs with catchy grooves and melodious instrumentation, Totnes-based vocalist Lily Mackay and guitarist Rowland O’Connor are here to bring a performance worth watching. With their debut EP ‘Glad I Met Ya’ out now on all streaming platforms, this is a budding duo to watch.

Silent Disco with Phonic FM DJs

Experimental moving image and film programme screening during the Silent Disco, featuring fresh and freaky glitches, introspective pensive moments and shuddering nonsense. See on you on the dancefloor!

Warning – flashing images and frenetic strobing effects.

 

There will also be a number of workshops to take part in including:

Letterpress Workshop with Double Elephant Print Workshop (7.30 – 10.30pm)

Come and experiment with Double Elephant’s vintage wooden type collection. Print an Art Week Exeter inspired Poster on a recycled old map and embellish it with your own text. A great introduction to this popular form of printmaking. With George Barron.

Love Cuts Poetry collage workshop (7.30 – 8.45pm with reading at 9pm)

Love Cuts is a chance to get creative by being just a bit destructive. We’ll be cutting up books*, stirring up words, and scraping together our very own poems. This is an open workshop led by spoken-word artist Chris White. Drop in to create some mixed-up metaphors. Have a stab at sticking together some silly, subversive words. Or simply let off some steam by taking a pair of scissors to your most loathed novel. Anyone can give it a go! The workshop finishes with a reading of the night’s work and some of his own hilarious poetry by Edward Tripp, the surreal stand-up poet and current Bard of Exeter. He’ll be performing some of the work created throughout the night, as well as some of his own hilarious poetry.

*(Books and maps provided by Inky Fingers Workshop, rescued from waste streams)

Origami Workshop with Beatrice Corsetti (7.30 – 9.30pm)

Old road maps cut to size will be made available to create animals and creatures. The workshop is suitable for everyone and will allow you to train your creativity and learn the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami is believed to help to reduce stress, improve hand-eye coordination, boost creativity, and enhance patience and persistence.

Annoying Noises in Public Places with Alfresco Skronk Squadron

Live improvised noise art installation. Microphones and a hydrophone capture sounds of the outside world and familiar things, feeding back within the din of unreliable devices.

FabLab

Digital Making Tutor Marcus Brown will be running three vinyl-cutting demonstrations. See how designs are created and cut using the FabLab equipment so they can be used for signs, window decor, car or van decor and even heat-pressing onto garments. No booking required on the night – simply turn up at one of the three times displayed outside the FabLab.

Bar Nova will also be operating throughout the evening with beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and snacks.

Tickets are £8 or £6 for concessions (O65, U16, student, disabled), plus booking fee if booking through Eventbrite, and are available to over 16s only. They can be bought at the library in Castle Street, by telephoning the library on 01392 407027 or through Eventbrite here

Doors at 7:30pm.

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