Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fun, Interactive Show Combines Science and Music for Children aged 6 – 11!

Children aged between 6 and 11 are invited along to the Discovery Centre with a parent, to take part in Uluzulualia – Your Vivacious Voice! a unique and highly engrossing theatre performance for children to explore and access the creative, scientific and musical potential of their own voices. The show is not about singing talent, but will take children on a journey using performance, multimedia techniques and mobile installations and soundscape guided by professional actors.

Groups of children and accompanying adults are invited into two distinct performance hubs inside the Discovery Centre. With the creative guidance of the actors, the children’s own voices contribute to the piece as they are encouraged to enter the two worlds, explore their own voices and make lots of sounds within the context of the performance. 

Uluzulualia presents a unique opportunity for children to learn through a fun and vibrant performance and gives them creative ways of exploring the anatomy of the voicing body:  the differences between human and animal voicing; vibration and sound; and musical concepts like volume (dynamics), pitch, improvisation, pulse and rhythm.

The show has been devised with the collaboration of Theatre Royal Winchester, by Yvon Bonenfant who is both the lead artist on the piece and a Reader in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester. His works have been performed in 10 countries world -wide in the past 10 years, reaching audiences in imaginative and exciting ways by inviting them right inside the audio-visual experience. 

Uluzuzulalia is playing at Winchester Discovery Centre from Sat 1 – Tues 4 Feb at 11.30am & 2.30pm (Sat & Sun) and 10.30am & 1.00pm (Mon & Tues). Tickets:   For further information or to book tickets, please call the box office on 01962 840440 or book online at 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

VegfestUK Brighton Set For Success As Vegetarianism Goes Mainstream

On November 12th The Daily Express ran a front page story entitled, “New diet to halt diabetes: Eating less meat and dairy can slash risk by half”[1] And another article in the Daily Mail this September suggested that veganism can lower cholesterol and ease painful joints[2] So it’s not just the fear of finding horsemeat in your Sunday lunch that’s persuading many more of us to go vegetarian and vegan, there are so many clinically proven health reasons too! This is why VegfestUK Brighton is set to be one of the most popular veggie lifestyle events this March...

VegfestUK - Europe's biggest and best veggie lifestyle shows - are back in the nation's veggie capital, Brighton next year, on March 29th 30th at the Hove Centre. With over 135 stalls full of mouth-watering food alongside fashion, cosmetics and bodycare, plus inspiring dietary tips from talks, cookery demos, workshops, films and kids' cookery classes, on top of a speed-dating session, a bodybuilders competition, as well as great live comedy and music, this show is certain to attract not only veggies but all food and festival lovers.

“Since our shows began back in 2003, we've always strived to maintain a balance between festival charm and food education, and that has proved to be very attractive for the veggie-curious and the meat reducers, who have been growing in leaps and bounds for the past decade,” say the organisers. “VegfestUK gives everyone a top day out while getting across the benefits of increasing their fruit, veg and grain intake and reducing their meat and dairy, in a very informal and friendly atmosphere. The best thing is: no one is under pressure to go veggie at all. 

People can just come down to our festivals, sample a myriad of quality, healthier plant-based substitutes for their customary sausages, doner kebabs, chicken nuggets, milkshakes and pizzas, enjoy the festival capers, then make their own dietary decisions afterwards.”

In the wake of the horsemeat scandal, the 2013 show attracted a record-breaking 7,200 visitors over 2 days and included presenters Janey Lee Grace (BBC Radio 2) and Sarah Jane Honeywell (CBeebies). 

With the sharp rise in health consciousness in recent years, the strong attendance figures look set to continue at the nation's veggie capital next March. Admission is £2 for adults (pay on gate), and free for under 16's. 

For further details, visit