15/10/2020: Silver Social announces autumn virtual events

Sonia Sabri Company - Indian DanceFrom masterclasses in Indian dance to watercolour workshops, Breckland Council's The Silver Social's latest programme of free events will be held online this autumn to help residents in rural communities stay connected.

The Silver Social is an award-winning initiative which brings a range of art workshops and shows to the district. The sessions have previously been held in libraries and other public venues, but in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest social distancing guidance, The Silver Social has adapted its activities and moved online to be held over video conference.

Recent performances have seen residents treated to singing performances from the popular duo, Opera Dudes, poetry workshops from highly acclaimed poet Dan Simpson and Cuppa and Chat Q & A Sessions with returning artist, Anna Mudeka.

The new autumn programme features two Indian dance workshops (Tuesday 20 and 27 October) delivered by the award-winning dance and music company, Sonia Sabri Company. Led by artist, Kali Chandrasegaram, the sessions will focus on rhythmic clapping, fun footwork and playful hand gestures - all of which can be done seated from the comfort of a sofa.

As well as virtual dance workshops, residents are invited to submit their own stories for inclusion in a printed booklet and online exhibition. Organised in partnership with circus Strong Lady, Charmaine Childs, the Stories of Strength creative project encourages residents to tell a story of a moment in their life when they've felt strong or found strength, they didn't know they had.

For those feeling arty, the programme also includes free four-week art course titled 'Relaxation Through Art' by freelance artist, Brenda Coyle, being held between Tuesday 2-24 November. All four classes are accessible to those who have never picked up a paintbrush, with all the necessary equipment, including paint, brushes and paper, being delivered to residents' houses prior to the workshop.

Over the four weeks, residents will be guided through various watercolour techniques during a morning Zoom class. As well as developing artistic skills, the workshops aim to provide some art relaxation and an opportunity for residents to connect virtually with others in the area.

It's hoped this jam-packed programme of events will help promote positive wellbeing amongst residents and offer a welcomed break from their day-to-day routines while current restrictions are in place.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Community, Leisure & Culture, commented: "Since launching back in 2017, The Silver Social has gone from strength to strength delivering an array of events bringing people together in rural communities across Breckland.

"By moving the autumn programme online, we can continue to help our residents stay connected and support people who otherwise may feel a little isolated."

Workshop places are limited andyou can book your place via The Silver Social website and for general enquiries or information on volunteering, e-mail the Project Coordinator

Last updated: 29/10/2020 14:30:02