All events start at 13.30. The length of each event will vary.
All events are FREE and drop-in unless otherwise stated.
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BALTIC CREW SPOTLIGHT TOUR
11, 16, 18, 19, 23 NOVEMBER 2012
2, 9, 16 DECEMBER 2012
These bitesize, introductory tours are suitable for everyone. Ask at the Information Desk for further information on where to meet, or listen out for the announcements. Approximate duration: 20 minutes. No booking required.
APOCALYPTIC CHOIR PRACTICE
14, 21, 28 NOVEMBER
5, 19 DECEMBER 2012
Calling all choirs and choral singers. Please contact Rachel Magdeburg firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to come along and get involved and check what is on. A special choir event also takes place on Friday 12 October 2012.
15, 20, 22, 27, 29 NOVEMBER 2012
4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 DECEMBER 2012
Step up on The Encampment of Eternal Hope Soap Box and help shape a better world. We welcome diggers, dreamers, survivalists, optimists, pessimists, slackers, thinkers, doers, creatives, philosophisers, alternative life stylers, environmentalists, freeganers.....
Share responses for future survival or the issues facing our planet. Voice your opinions, demonstrate a survival skill, create an event, speak, sing, perform or meditate.
How can we live in a better way with our environment and our fellow beings? What are your survival strategies for a new dawn? Are there simple survival skills that you could demonstrate from the Soap Box? What do you think is important for future living? Are you already living an alternative life style that you could share? What do you think will happen on and beyond the end date of the Mayan Calendar? Will it be a cataclysmic disaster or a change in human consciousness? Join the Soap Box and form part of a unique dialogue in The Encampment of Eternal Hope.
Please contact Rachel Magdeburg email@example.com if you want to take part or find out who is speaking. Soap Box sessions will only go ahead when speakers come forth so please get in touch to find out more.
SURVIVAL EXERCISE CLASS
26, 30 NOVEMBER
3, 7, 10, 14, 17 DECEMBER 2012
Join BALTIC Crew in a demonstration of simple breathing, movement and physical awareness to focus your mind and help your body survive. Movements will be based on the actions of envisaged future survival, gardening, pickling and foraging, along with subverted military actions and the movements of pollinating insects. Created and inspired by dancer and choreographer Kate Taylor.
Professional wild forager Miroslav Bernard will lead a two-hour trail through Chopwell Woods foraging for berries, nuts, medical herbs and other tasty nibbles before the winter finally takes hold. Learn about identifying species, preservation and the benefits of a seasonal foraged harvest. Miroslav will also share his knowledge on pickling, drying, jam and wine making techniques and warn against the lethal toxicity of some foods. A free sample of wild food will be included. Please wear old clothes, sturdy footwear and waterproofs.
Tickets £7.50 per person, booking required, limited space, 20 people. Book online at wewgottickets.com or in person at BALTIC SHOP. Please meet at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 2 at 12.30 for a chance to see The Encampment of Eternal Hope exhibition and then travel via mini-bus to Chopwell Woods (ticket includes transport to and from BALTIC).
MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2012 / 13.30 (approx 30mins)
MAYAN PRIESTESS TALK
Giovanna Miralles, Mayan Priestess, will give a talk ‘The Sacred Mayan Calendar, the Environment and Us’ and prepare for tomorrows Mayan Ceremony in her role as Aj'qijab’ ‘the one who works the fire.’
TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2012 / 13.30 (approx 40mins)
Giovanna Miralles, Mayan Priestess will perform a Mayan Ceremony in her role as Aj'qijab’. Ceremonies are performed in accordance with the sacred Mayan calendar Cho’lqij or T’zolkin, a count of 260 days. If possible, people attending the Mayan ceremony should wear white witha red sash.
For the Mayan Ceremony Giovanna will perform as Aj’qijab’, following the Maya Kiche tradition of working the fire. She learnt this tradition from Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, the Wakatil Utiu, voice of the Invisible Council of Mayan Elders of Guatemala, and representative of the indigenous people in Guatemala. The ceremony involves the creation of a fire, where offerings for the past, present and future are performed and a calling to the spirits who protect and carry mankind. During the ceremony there are different dramatic moments relating to the Mayan tradition, culminating in a moment of cosmic balance. The ceremony will be performed outside, elements permitting.
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2012 / 13.30 (approx 30mins)
HONEYBEES TALK AND DANCE
Dr Geraldine Wright from Honeybee Lab, Newcastle University will speak about the worldwide decline in the populations of honeybees and other important pollinators. This drop is almost certainly due to human influence on the landscape arising largely from modern agriculture. She will discuss the trade-offs involved from using pesticides that negatively affect bees but which are important means of protecting crops from other insect pests.
Following the talk there will be a dance performance, The Poison Project directed by Claire Pençak and performed by Anna Hall, Liz Pavey and Tim Rubidge, sound composition by Michael Bridgewater. The Poison Project is one of a number of creative investigations by dance maker Claire Pençak and is part of The Pollination Project – a collaboration with The Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, funded through a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award.
The dancers are responding to three different sets of data from The Honeybee Lab at Newcastle University. The data records observations based on individual bee behaviour over a 15 minute period. The three observations represent three different levels of exposure to a toxin. The original sound source was a recording from within a bee hive. Michael Bridgewater has ‘poisoned’ the sound sonically to create this 15 minute composition.
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2012, 13.30, 15 MINUTES
THE DANCE OF ETERNAL HOPE
Choreographed by Kate Taylor
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012, 13.30, APPROX 30 MINUTES
WEEDING OUT THE TRUTH: HERBAL MEDICINES
Why do we need to use ‘exotics’ when our own indigenous and local herbs can be just as good? Can we learn anything from ‘old wives tales’ of herbal healing? Where does herbal medicine fit into the modern medicine paradigm?
Anne Larvin and Jill Schnabel from Heaton Herbalists will be looking at our local herbs and weeds, their traditional and future uses, and the sustainability challenges arising from the popularisation of herbs. Join Heaton Herbalists for a demonstration of how local/indigenous herbs can be used for winter ailments as they produce a simple home-made remedy.
SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2012, 13.30, APPROX 30 MINUTES
Tony Waterston will discuss how Transition Towns are tackling the twin crises of climate change and peak oil. These potential disasters offer a chance for a transition to a low carbon community where a healthier, happier and a less stressed lifestyle can be formed. Transition Towns focus on local food solutions, sustainable energy, independent shops, walkable neighbourhoods and local money. They hope to create resilient communities that are supportive and self-reliant.
WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2012, 13.30, APPROX 30 MINUTES
APOCALYPTIC CHOIR PRACTICE
REM's ‘It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ and other apocalyptic songs sung by student choir from The Sage Gateshead.
SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2012, 13.30, APPROX 30 MINUTES
FROM SCARCITY TO ABUNDANCE: FREE THINKING OUR FUTURE
Instead of focusing on the scarcity of food, fossil fuels and economic resources and repeating the fearful predictions that everything is running out, Dr. Chris Warburton Brown, Research Coordinator, The Permaculture Association will focus on the abundance of what we have and how we can use this in reshaping our future.
The Encampment of Eternal Hope is a major new sculptural installation by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich extending their enquiry into the role of art as an active agent for transformation in society. Taking apocalyptic predictions for 21 December 2012, the end date for the Mayan Calendar, as an imaginative catalyst, the project envisages a post-apocalyptic utopian community, a kind of ‘garden of earthly delights’.