Hello listeners – here we have some lovely information from Indu Sharma about SAPAC! Not so long back I put a post on here about the Swindon Indian Association so this a welcome addition to Born again Swindonian. Read about Swindon’s Indian Association here: https://swindonian.me/2016/03/16/swindon-indian-association/ There’s a link to their website at the bottom of the page.
SAPAC: South Asian Performing Arts Centre
“SAPAC of Swindon is the only diverse art organisation in Swindon and the surrounding area. It exists to bring dance and music from the South Asian sub- continent.
In 2009, three community associations, Hindu Samaj, Swindon Indian Association and Swindon Tamil associations realised that a partnership was needed to offer multi cultural activities on a regular basis, so they got together to form SAPAC with a distinct aim to provide regular South Asian cultural programmes locally. Since the formation of SAPAC, the three associations have been working in partnership to offer joint cultural performances at a larger scale”. Read more here: http://www.sapac.co.uk/about-sapac
SAPAC came to life in late 2009 when four large ethnic communities in Swindon decided to come together to promote music and dance from South Asian countries.
Membership of the centre is open to all and everyone in and around Swindon and Wiltshire, regardless of ethnicity and age. The Centre hosts performances from world class artists and is a hub of south Asian performing Arts in Swindon where people can regularly appreciate and participate in cultural diversity locally.
We invite international dancers and musicians to perform in Swindon. No need now to travel to London or Bristol to enjoy well known artists.
We arrange classical as well as contemporary dance and music programmes and if you want to learn, we arrange classes too.”
Our next event is on 2nd of July this year when internationally renowned instrumentalists will play their music which promises to be toe tapping and exciting music.
The programme will be at Phoenix Theatre in New College , Swindon. There will be Indian food on sale too, if you feel peckish.
Tickets are only £12 each and discounted rates for families of 4.
Please ring Indu Sharma on 07808648829 to book tickets.
For more information about the artists and programme, please visit SAPAC website at www.sapac.co.uk.
This is a key part of the Three Sisters project, to provide growbags to 25 residents of the Railway Village so they can grow veg on their doorstep.(And we’re having a community cake day at 2pm on Saturday 21st to kick the project off – you’re invited to that too).
But before they can grow veg in their growbags, we’ve got to fill ’em and deliver ’em.
So if you fancy a bit of helping out in the sunshine (how do they know??!! – they got insider information or what?) on Wed 18th, please come along at 9.30am till 1pm as we need every bit of help we can get.
Please wear your older clothes and stout footwear. If you own a shovel or spade, it’ll come in very handy.’
PS: The three sisters is the name of the three types of plant that they’ll be growing – sweetcorn, peas (or beans) and cucumbers (or courgettes)’
Saturday the 7th of May saw an event at The Platform in Swindon. As part of the 23rd Swindon Literature Festival and organized by Martha Parry and Hilda Sheenan this event was a family affair and a love affair with Swindon – it was a super Swindon Affair.
Designed to be a celebration of the staggering literary output there has been over the years about Swindon – from Swindonians and others besides – the day and evening featured books, writers, painters, music, poetry, drums and songs.
Here’s a few photographs:
Swindon Civic Voice
Memories of Edwardian Swindon
The Dr will see you now!
Paintings by Tim Carroll
Swindon Heritage Magazine
John Chandler does a bit of Ewbanking
Groups and organisations at the event – well some of them:
“The Time Has Come for Swindon’s Mechanics’ Institution”
Hello dear listeners
I know many of you out there are interested in our Mechanics’ Institute and its future. Anyone that saw Martin Parry’s inspiring and wonderful film ‘Railway Town’ will know just how pivotal to Swindon this building and the people that created it has been.
So here we have a share of the latest newsletter from the Mechanics’ Institute Trust for your edification and delectation. It’s in two sections. One being the outer section and the other being the inner section. Hopefully it will make sense.
Both the Mechanic’s Institute Trust and Swindon Civic Voice are organisations that need your support to carry out their work supporting your town. Both of them are membership organisations and rely on membership subscriptions. They are both really cheap – a lot cheaper than certain high street coffee shops. A year’s membership of either of them will cost you less than a latte! Y’know you want to! 😉
It’s only a few days since Martin Parry’s pièce de résistance ‘Railway Town’ was premiered at the Wyvern Theatre to a sell out crowd. I was privileged to be on the Q&A panel after the film – and what a great film it was. SUCH a wonderful testament to its maker and its subject matter: Swindon and its people.
It really was very moving and inspirational. It drove home just how much Swindon has to be proud of in its history and makes clear just how VERY special the Mechanics’ Institute is – make no mistake – that place is about SO much more than the building. It’s about the very heart and soul of New Swindon.
All of which makes a neat enough segue into other video footage about Swindon’s railway workers collected together by a chap I’ve come into contact with via Instagram.
His name is Mark Keen – known on Instagram as Sharpbluepix and he has YouTube and Vimeo channels that are worth taking a look at.
Mark was the first person in Swindon to get Instragramming I believe. He beta tested the app in 2010 before it got sold to Facebook and when it was only on Apple devices. So scrolling back through the #Swindon hashtag his are the first pictures.
He’s got some films online form the now defunct Swindon Cable (see below) – many featuring the GWR works.