Hive unveils spring programme

Bosses at Shropshire arts venue the Hive have today unveiled their exciting spring programme for the New Year, ahead of the introduction of a new online booking facility. A varied events programme promises to further deliver creative and educational opportunities for everyone of all ages and interests. Strengthening its position as one of the county's premier venues for entertainment, the youth arts organisation will also continue its work with young people at risk across the community.

A new addition to the centre's weekly programme will be Little Potters - a pottery session for under 5s, providing a messy hour of creativity on Tuesday mornings, between 10am and 11am. Sessions will begin on Tuesday January 15 with places £5 and parents free. Little Potters will accompany long-running and popular toddler session Music Time, which takes place on Friday mornings, offering a lively hour of musicial fun each week.

There will be a a film-production workshop in February for half-term, aimed at ages 8-13. Further workshops for young people during the Easter holidays will include the return of Eco-fashion and stop-frame animation. The venue will welcome Krazy Kat theatre and the stunning Waving Cat of Japan in May, bringing a lavish theatre show to Shrewsbury for the delight of children in a visually exciting new sign-language arts creation.

People across the region will also have the chance to see the cream of folk and jazz musicians through a series of concerts. Highlights of the folk programme include Miranda Sykes, Sam Carter, Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Ward amongst numerous other world class artists. The Jazz offering will deliver the Tim Kliphuis Trio, Mornington Lockett and the Kit Downes Quintet plus more.

Habib Malik-Mansell from the Hive said "It may appear a cliche but our spring 2013 programme at the Hive really is our best spring season yet! We're looking forward to our extensive selection of events next year, with exciting developments in store for the New Year, one of which is the introduction of an online booking facility." He added "Other events to watch out for in spring certainly include our May-day community street festival - and an Easter Bazaar in March. There will also be special events to celebrate the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival and Shrewsbury Bookfest, which should not be missed."

Shrewsbury Film Society will continue their second season, starting with Headhunters on January 11. The rest of the Hive's spring programme features EDW Wrestling, open mics, marketing support groups, life drawing sessions, gallery exhibitions, language classes and lots more.

The Hive's new spring brochure is now available and can also be viewed online at http://www.hiveonline.org.uk/onlinebrochure/ Tickets for events can be booked by calling 01743 234970 or visiting the centre in person at 5 Belmont, SY1 1TE.