Over 430 Fun Palaces took place around the world as local communities organised events that bring arts, science and culture to the heart of the community. Last Saturday the rain didn’t stop over 600 people visiting Stirchley Baths Community Hub and Stirchley Library for the annual Stirchley Baths Fun Palace event. A fantastic team of community volunteers all rallied round in preparation (including putting over 50 chairs in the cinema room!) and on the day. Having previously sent the community to outer space and back again last year, this time it had been decided very enthusiastically that this year we would be exploring the history of the Vikings.
Stirchley Baths has a great space, the “ Cinema Room” which has played host to a number of film screenings since opening in 2016 and will be hosting more and more film events thanks to a new community led Stirchley Community Cinema Project , seed funded by the city’s Local Innovation Fund – this will be starting in the next couple of months so watch this space!
In the meantime we have caught up with our good friends Kopfkino who are returning to Stirchley Baths this Friday 16 March with a new screening of Afshar Films’ ‘The Case Against Assad: Syria’s Disappeared’. The event will be in support of King’s Heath Action for Refugees, and please see below about other ways in which you can help those affected by the Syrian conflict….
On Tuesday 19th February I was invited to visit the Memory Café, a monthly event, initially set up as part of Stirchley Baths’ heritage programme in collaboration with Rachel Duggan and Carla Smith from Leaf Creative Arts. The event is held in the Cinema Room at Stirchley Baths. The Café provides a space for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory problems to engage with multi-sensory arts activities, to create and reminisce, with a steady supply of hot drinks and cakes.
Over half term we will have another #BigStitchStirchley session and everyone, especially families, are welcome! All free. Materials provided. Do you know we’ve had over 100 stitchers take part so far; aged from 3 to 93! Why not join in and make a piece of history; it’s all in the making!
The next 2 Mondays are #BigStitchStirchley days! Join needlepoint artist Tina Francis (who has an amazing laugh!) for chat & stitching, to help create our new permanent artwork at the Baths (beginners and enthusiasts welcome!) Our monthly stitch club (for adults) is next Monday (16th). Drop in between 11-1 to the Deep End room. Our numbers are growing and we have a lovely, friendly bunch of ladies meeting regularly now (men also welcome!).