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COVID-19 Update

Tue 15 Jun

Live Show Images

 

We have been looking forward to welcoming bigger audiences back to Cambridge Junction, and the announcement of a four-week delay to restrictions lifting further is obviously very disappointing.

We are very sorry to our audiences and to the artists, musicians, bands and promoters this delay will effect, and we will be in contact with all bookers with rescheduled dates as soon as possible.   

We have a great programme of socially distanced and outdoor performances over the coming weeks, and we look forward to welcoming you to a show here soon.

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

 

View our Summer Programme HERE

 

How you can support us

The last year has shown us just how lucky we are to have an audience like you and we’re beyond excited to welcome you back into the building to share good times together once again. The generosity and support we have received over the last year has got us a very long way, but we’re not quite there yet.

So, we’re calling on you to continue supporting Cambridge Junction if you can while we venture into the familiar frontier of socially distanced performances, and eventually, full capacity shows.

Here are three easy ways you can support Cambridge Junction:

When you’re ready to come back, we’d love to see you! Shows are our main gig and in a typical year ticket revenue is our primary source of income.

Our membership scheme is a super reliable income source for us each year, and if you plan on making up for lost time by visiting us a lot, the member benefits make it a no brainer

Making a donation is a great way of supporting with no strings attached, plus you can give as much or as little as you like and 100% of your donation will go towards funding the venue and our programmes.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we are looking forward to having you back.

Cambridge Junction calls for the Government to do more to help young people’s mental health in the wake of the pandemic

Mon 10 May

Today we call on the Government to do more to support young people’s mental health as we launch a new film made with young people from the Darwin Centre to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

My Illness film still

My Illness, which features young people with complex mental health needs aims to offer a message of hope to those struggling with their mental health. The film can be watched below.

The launch of this powerful, thought-provoking film follows on from the publication of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic study which was carried out earlier this year. On a population-wide basis, the negative mental health effects of the pandemic are likely to last much longer than its physical health impacts. The effects of physical distancing, social isolation, and lockdown on individual mental wellbeing, as well as the loss of a loved one, increase the mental health challenges for the UK population.

Since the start of the pandemic, Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health, have conducted several surveys to understand the impact that Covid-19 has had on young people’s mental health. The results paint a devastatingly bleak picture of anxiety, self-harm, panic attacks, lost motivation, and lack of hope for the future. 

Our Creative Learning team has been working with young people at the Darwin Centre, a specialist unit near Cambridge for young people with complex mental health challenges. It is a film that conveys a message of hope to those who may be suffering similar issues.

“We can’t articulate what they’re going through to family and friends, or even to us, but this film can do that” Parent of a young person involved in the My Illness project.

“New and engaging approaches to building young people’s creative skills and confidence are more vital now than ever and this fantastic film, and the young people and our team’s brilliant work together in making My Illness, is compelling evidence of that. Making films, or painting pictures or writing music, can express emotions or hopes or fears that sometimes people can’t easily put into words and this has an enormously positive impact on the mental health of young people. We’re honoured to have worked with the young people at Darwin and I really hope we see and hear more from them in future.

At a moment in our collective history when there has been such a traumatic event in the lives and development of all our children, more needs to be done by government to invest in mental healthcare provision and particularly the specialist care of centres like Darwin. And we are committed at Cambridge Junction to working with education partners to ensure that more young people with a whole range of complex needs have the opportunity to benefit from the creativity, confidence and voice that the arts can provide.” Matt Burman, Artistic Director at Cambridge Junction. 

“This powerful new film made by young people at the Darwin Centre is a great example of what is possible when we give young people a platform and proper outlet for their creativity. Hearing their voices in this way is incredibly moving and inspiring and shows how important it is to support creative ways of improving young people’s mental health and the value of the arts to all our wellbeing.”  Alastair Campbell, Writer, broadcaster, and mental health campaigner.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10-16 May 2021.

We have developed a page www.junction.co.uk/advice where young people can find information on charities and organisations who can offer help and advice on mental health issues.

 

We're back!

Thu 6 May

Socially Distanced Shows

 

We’re delighted that from 17 May we can welcome you back to Cambridge Junction for some great nights of comedy and music. We thank you all for sticking with us through such a dreadful year and a bit. You’ve been patient and understanding with all the changes of plans and uncertainty, and so generous in all your support. It has been lovely to know you’ve got our back.

Don’t worry if you’ve been waiting to know for sure whether shows will be going ahead, we’ve still got a few tickets left. And for people coming to one of our shows over the next few weeks, we’ve got a new outdoor bar and hopefully a bit of sun (no promises) so you can come and enjoy a golden hour bevvy before your gig.

To ensure we continue to do all we can to bring everyone together again and keep everyone as safe as we can, until at least 21 June all our shows will have socially distanced seating arrangements. Our team are fully trained to look after you all, with contactless ticketing, table service drinks and everything kept spick and span. We ask that you follow ongoing guidelines when booking tickets and only attend events with members of your household or support bubble.

We’re all hopeful that from 21 June we’ll be able to present some bigger gigs too and we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

Can’t wait to raise a glass or two with you and hear your laughter and applause once again. It has been too long…

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

 

How you can support us

The last year has shown us just how lucky we are to have an audience like you and we’re beyond excited to welcome you back into the building to share good times together once again. The generosity and support we have received over the last year has got us a very long way, but we’re not quite there yet.

So, we’re calling on you to continue supporting Cambridge Junction if you can while we venture into the familiar frontier of socially distanced performances, and eventually, full capacity shows.

Here are three easy ways you can support Cambridge Junction:

When you’re ready to come back, we’d love to see you! Shows are our main gig and in a typical year ticket revenue is our primary source of income.

Our membership scheme is a super reliable income source for us each year, and if you plan on making up for lost time by visiting us a lot, the member benefits make it a no brainer

Making a donation is a great way of supporting with no strings attached, plus you can give as much or as little as you like and 100% of your donation will go towards funding the venue and our programmes.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we are looking forward to having you back.

 

Socially distanced live shows

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour // Sun 23 May

Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe // Thu 27 May

Ahir Shah: Dots (warm-up) // Fri 28 May

Belshazzar's Feast // Tue 01 Jun

The Rheingans Sisters // Tue 15 Jun

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing // Sun 20 Jun

Rhys James: Snitch // Sun 20 Jun

Belinda O'Hooley: Solo Piano // Mon 21 Jun

 

Keeping our audiences, artists and staff safe is our priority. Read our COVID-19 Safety information HERE 

#HereForCulture

Fri 2 Apr

 Performers at Cambridge JUnction

 

We are happy to announce that we will receive £248,083 of funding through the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This money will help us to continue to move forward together with artists, audiences and communities as lockdown restrictions begin to end. Watch this space for exciting new events and projects over the coming months.

Big thanks to Arts Council England for this vote of confidence, to DCMS and HM Treasury for these funds, and particularly to all of you who have supported us over the last year. See you all soon. 

"Everyone at Cambridge Junction - our team, trustees, our resident companies and associate artists - are relieved and grateful for the funding we will receive from the Culture Recovery Fund.  We have continued to work with independent artists and inspiring young people, and engage with our audiences through the last year, and are looking forward to progressing our exciting plans, to connect with communities, restart our live programmes and support the making of new projects, as we emerge from lockdown restrictions over the coming months."

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction 

Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Photos: Claire Haigh Photography & David L Hone LRPS

Take part in our virtual journey

Tue 16 Feb

Virtual Journey Postcard

 

Cambridge Junction does John o' Groats to Land's End... virtually!

Join us from 29 March - 04 July as we venture across Great Britain, covering 1,115 miles without leaving the local area. We'll be stopping off at 12 other arts centres on the way and finding out what our friends are up to.

We'd like to invite you take on the challenge of covering 1,115 miles yourself, or team up with a group of friends to complete the miles collectively. Entry is just £10 per person with no minimum fundraising target, so why not give it a go and raise money for your local venue whilst keeping fit this spring. Use your feet, your bike, your wheelchair, it's up to you.

Total Arts, our disability arts group have formed a team and we'll be following them down Great Britain on our social media channels, sharing content about the venues on the route as they pass.

You can find out more about the event, check out who the other venues are on the route and see the interactive tracking map on our here. We really hope you'll join us for this event, raising money for Cambridge Junction and it's creative learning and community programmes.

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