Hive unveils summer programme

It may be dull and grey in terms of the weather at the moment but a Shrewsbury arts venue has today released its new summer programme for the months ahead; with family activities, cinema screenings, world-class concerts and lots more besides.

The Hive's latest brochure also provides an in-depth glimpse of the organisation as a youth arts charity, delivering opportunities for young people across the county.

Shrewsbury Film Society continues to go from strength to strength with record audiences. Films among the summer screenings include German documentary Pina on Saturday June 1, USA Comedy Sideways on June 29 and French drama The Green Ray will be shown on July 20. The Film Society shows a wide variety of cinematic delights at the venue on a regular evening basis, with admission £5 for each film.

A particular highlight of the summer programme at the Hive will be the much anticipated return of Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer. He will perform on stage in August, ahead of a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. Further musical gems for people to watch out for, include Richard Shindell on August 1 and also the Chris Gumbley Quintet who will showcase their talents with Shrewsbury Jazz Network on Saturday July 13.

Hoilday workshops for young people aged 8-13 during the summer break will feature a special two-day film-making masterclass where participants will be offered hands-on experience in all stages of film production. Places for the workshop on August 27 and 28 will cost £40. An animation workshop will be taking place on August 29 costing £20. There will also be a drama summer school too, where young people will devise a theatre piece to develop their performance skills with Shrewsbury Youth Theatre.

Activities for toddlers will include the continuation of Music Time on Friday mornings and also pottery sessions for pre-school children on Tuesday mornings. Little Potters costs £5 with parents free and enables children to benefit from a messy hour of creativity in which they make and glaze a piece of clay.

Other events amongst the summer programme will be marketing advice sessions for small business owners called Focus on Marketing; EDW wrestling events; weekly life drawing classes on Tuesday evenings - plus an exciting series of exhibitions in the Hive's gallery space.

Habib Malik-Mansell from the Hive said "It's a real cliche but our summer season really does offer something for everyone and all interests. This new brochure also delivers an insight into the Hive and our role as a youth arts charity, providing opportunities for young people to explore their creative potential. We have numerous case studies which show how our involvement and existence has helped enhance the lives of young people in Shropshire."

The new Hive brochure can be viewed online at http://www.hiveonline.org.uk/onlinebrochure/ Hard copies are also available to be posted out or collected in person. Call 01743 234970 or visit the centre at 5 Belmont, SY1 1TE.