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The Pad 2002 – 2017

Sometimes, the most amazing things happen in the most unassuming places. Who’d have thought that a terraced house adjacent to a Lidl could provide such treasured memories, provoke such heartfelt eulogies and leave a space in a town much bigger than its square footage. So, farewell The Pad and 15 years of dance floor-fuelled entertainment on…

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Meet the artist at Riverside Bedford launch

This Saturday 2nd September, we’re really excited that visitors to the Riverside Bedford launch will have the chance to meet and chat with William Rounce, the artist behind Bedford’s newest piece of public art. Entitled The Frog, and commissioned in association with Bedford Creative Arts, the artwork was installed last week as part of the on-going…

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Paul Catherall: An Exhibition of Linocuts

Exhibition: Friday 15th September – 11th October 2017 Gilbert Lloyd Lecture: Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm  This September, Bedford School hosts an exhibition of one of the country’s most iconic printmakers, Paul Catherall. Paul is best known for his posters in association with Transport for London and the Southbank Centre, but he has also produced…

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Mill Race Folk return to Bromham Mill

Great news, folk fans!  Mill Race Folk are back in their spiritual home with another excellent selection of contemporary folk and traditional music in the beautiful, intimate setting of Bromham Mill. The new season starts on 30th September, with The Askew Sisters topping the bill. Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and…

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Theatre Highlights from The Bedford Clanger

The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes NT Live: Yerma Thursday 31st August at 7pm Tickets: £14.50/£12.50 concessions Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role as a young woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and…

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The Clanger’s Guide to Music this Month

Conscia Jazz Festival 2017 The ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017’ is taking place from the evening of Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September. This year’s event is the third festival that Bedford-based Conscia Jazz have produced in as many years. The 2017 festival  focuses on variety, as Conscia Jazz aim to reach as many different jazz…

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Theatre Q&A: Bella Heesom on Her World Exploding

Priya Gill caught up with Bella Heesom the actress and playwright of My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, which comes to The Place Theatre on June 30. Tell me how your world exploded? At the beginning of 2010 my dad went into hospital because he had these strange visual disturbances sort of seeing these lights…

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Imagining the future

Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts and created by artist Andy T Field in collaboration with children from Shortstown Primary School, Lookout is a one-to-one encounter between an adult audience member and a child performer. Looking out over the panoramic view from the 5th floor of the Bedford College Tower Block, the conversation shared is a…

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CenSAMM: Bedford’s religious Panacea Society’s legacy leads to international examination of apocalyptic threats: climate change, violence, artificial intelligence

When Mabel Barltrop formed The Panacea Society in Albany Road in Bedford in 1919 she had no idea that she was planting the seeds of a legacy that would help us understand the existential threats of the 21st century world, but that is exactly what has happened. The last member of the reclusive community died…

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