Kings Place Festival @ Kings Cross (9 – 12 September)

September 9, 2010 11:00 amtoSeptember 12, 2010 11:00 am

Kings-Place-Festival-2010-2Medieval hip-hop, sculptures by David Bailey, artwork from the Arctic, a farmers’ market and instruments made of rubbish are just some of the surprises in store for the third Kings Place Festival, 9-12 September 2010. Celebrating the second anniversary of Kings Place opening, the four-day event showcases the wealth of cultural and social opportunity that the space offers year-round.

A diverse range of musicians, artists, and cultural figures have been invited to curate each strand of the festival, reflecting Kings Place’s celebrated weekly cycle of mini-festivals and regular nights. Together they present a stellar line-up of classical, contemporary, experimental, folk, jazz and blues music, alongside the finest spoken word, comedy, visual art, and food.

Family Highlights include:

Friday 10 September

The Magpie’s Nest – Once Upon a Time…

Spellbinding Storytelling

Debs Newbold

St Pancras Room 3pm

Quick-witted and charismatic, Debs can enthral 55-year-olds and charm five-year-olds (often at the same time), command an audience of 1,000 at Shakespeare’s Globe and warm the hearts of even the most jaded, rain-sodden festival goers. Debs is the first ever Storyteller-in-Residence at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Jess Smith

St Pancras Room 4.15pm

Jess Smith was raised in a large family of Scottish travellers. ‘I have been a gatherer of tales for most of my life, and I suppose it all began when I was a wee girl. I shared a home with parents, seven sisters and a shaggy dog. It could be said that I lived a different sort of life from most other children, because ‘home’ was an old blue bus.’ Jess is on a mission to pass on the stories she heard as a girl. ‘If you are aged from around 10 going on 100, then you’re a fine age to enjoy and hopefully remember forever these ancient oral tales of Scotland’s travelling people”.

Taffy Thomas

St Pancras Room 5.30pm

Taffy Thomas has just been appointed as the first-ever Storyteller Laureate, and has an MBE for services to storytelling and charity. He has an astonishing repertoire of more than 300 stories, tales (and elaborate lies!) collected mainly from traditional oral sources, which he is happy to tell in almost any situation.

Saturday 11 September

Wot is Jazz? with the F-IRE Collective

St Pancras Room, 11.30am

A fun introduction to jazz for six- to ten year-olds (accompanying adults may learn something too) hosted by Jennymay Logan of Basquiat Strings/Elysian String Quartet assisted by musicians of the F-IRE collective.

F-IRE Collective – Clown Revisited

St Pancras Room 12.45pm

Clown Revisited has already received rave reviews with its inventive take on the music that accompanies everyone’s favourite circus performer. Circus-inspired themes keep the players on their toes, balancing written notes with improvised passages that frequently switch between styles and tempos. In this show you will hear an Afro-Peruvian groove, echoes of vaudeville, a cha-cha-cha, a dose of medieval hip-hop, a quick frenzied clown dance and a slow piece with a never-ending melody. This session guarantees to reveal the mysteries of jazz in a fun and participatory atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Junk Band! – Rubbish Music – FREE

Foyer 1.45pm

This short concert features music performed by a ‘junk band’ with instruments made from diverse materials such as tin cans, oil drums, bits of wood and even a drum kit made from cardboard boxes! Together these unusual instruments are capable of creating a remarkable variety of sonic colours. The instruments will be in situ in the Kings Place atrium throughout the festival for visitors to try out, play with, look at, and read about.

Sunday 12 September

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment KIDS Workshop

Hall Two 11.15am

Come and interact with some of the OAE players and their historic instruments. Bang a drum, shake a maraca, ting a triangle to Handel’s wonderful Water Music. See how a double bass pretends to be a drum and help create a new accompaniment to composer

Heinrich Biber’s marching violin. Share the fun with everyone at the following OAE KIDS Concert at 12.30pm.

For ages 4-6

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment KIDS Concert: Our favourite things

Hall Two 12.30pm

Get ready to join the fun and songs in the OEA’s very first concert for young children and their families. Bring your favourite toys, see some of the OAE’s favourite instruments and hear some of their favourite Baroque music, including pieces by Henry Purcell, Heinrich Biber and George Frideric Handel. Listen out for swinging monkeys, fluttering birds, a marching violin and lots of dancing feet. Enjoy the fruits of the morning’s OAE KIDS workshop as their youngest ever performers share the stage.

For ages 6 and under

(Both events: Maximum of 20 children, with 1 or 2 accompanying adults each)

Junk Band! – Rubbish Music – FREE

Foyer 1.45pm

This short concert features music performed by a ‘junk band’ with instruments made from diverse materials such as tin cans, oil drums, bits of wood and even a drum kit made from cardboard boxes! Together these unusual instruments are capable of creating a remarkable variety of sonic colours. The instruments will be in situ in the Kings Place atrium throughout the festival for visitors to try out, play with, look at, and read about.

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Tickets

  • All tickets £4.50 online www.kingsplace.co.uk
  • Tickets are also available from the Box Office by phone, post or in person, but please note tickets cost £2 more.

Contact: 020 7520 1490, Kings Place Box Office, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

  • Box Office Opening hours are: Monday – Saturday: 12 – 8pm; Sunday: 12 – 7pm (Closed Bank Holidays) Opening hours will vary during the Festival.
  • Multi buy Offers are available: 3+ events save 10%, 6+ events save 15%, 10+ events save 20%

Kings Place Visitor Information

  • Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
  • Opening hours will vary during the Festival
  • Kings Place is located 300 metres from King’s Cross & St Pancras stations. Parking is available at NCP Car Park – Pancras Road (0845 050 7080)