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Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Exeter!

Authored by Mary

Embark on an epic adventure – via the big screen! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to the Exeter Corn Exchange on 7-8 February and 25-26 March. The Banff Mountain Film Festival features a selection of adrenaline-packed films, starring athletes and explorers as they venture to the edge of their limits in remote corners of the planet. Witness the world’s best adventure film...

A week of fireworks and festival fun

Authored by Sarah Parker

It’s one of the biggest weeks in Plymouth’s events calendar as the British Firework Championships return on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, followed by the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August.

The British Firework Championships offer two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy. The displays are fired from Mount Batten...

University Of Plymouth Music Week

University of Plymouth Music Week showcases the enormous diversity and quality of music that happens in and around the University.

The majority of the performers are staff and students both from the music degree course and the University ensembles that are open to all.

Designed for all to enjoy, the second annual Music Week will feature gospel, jazz, improvisation, rock, contemporary composed music, electronics and the amazing sound of the Balinese gamelan.


• Plymouth University Gospel Choir and Plymouth University Big Band – Tuesday 8 May • The...

Music: Resounding Seizures

Research Concert

ICCMR post-graduate research student Alan D Miles used electrical brain signals recorded during epileptic seizures to compose Resounding Seizures. A cinematic piece of electronic music, the composition attempts to capture and explore the experiences of epilepsy.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Free admission, booking advised


Music: Life Music

Research Performance

Colours of Life and Fiction (for marimba and viola): Richard Abbott Arecibo (for marimba): Alexis Kirke Queen Canute (clarinet and electronics): Núria Bonet

While Abbott explored the relationship between colours and sounds to write Colours of Life and Fiction inspired by the River Dart in Devon, Kirke composed Arecibo with DNA information sent from Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory to a distant star constellation in search for extra-terrestrial life. Bonet’s Queen Canute explores the musical structures that can be found in animal behaviour in a duet for...

Music: Decoding Life with Ensemble Bash

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival Gala Concert

Reptile Rhythms: Duncan Williams Life-force: Archer Endrich Babbling Baobab: Marcelo Gimenes Artibiotics: Eduardo R Miranda

Join the phenomenal percussion group Ensemble Bash for the premiere of extraordinary new music by ICCMR composers, Williams, Gimenes and Miranda, plus 2018’s guest composer and music technology pioneer, Archer Endrich.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

£10/£7/ Peninsula Arts Friends free


Music: Algoshorts 2018 Film Fest

The second edition of the world’s first public fest of short fiction films on the topic of algorithms presents a number of short films from around the world including the first screening of Alexis Kirke’s Decode here, a film about the potential effects of online political populism on mental health.

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Free admission, booking advised


Music: The Art of Biology

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival launch and talk

With talk by Dr Markus Schmidt, Director of Biofaction

Biofaction is a company based in Vienna, Austria, which conducts research and provides consultancy in the areas of emerging biotechnologies, art and science collaboration, and public communication of science.

Free admission, booking advised


Music: Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2018

A showcase of extraordinary new technologies and approaches to composition and performance that are pushing the boundaries of music

Decoding Life is the theme of this year’s festival, which celebrates the internationally renowned research combining music, engineering and the life sciences developed at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

Decoding Life proposes a weekend of musical allusions to human endeavours to understand, modify, simulate and even create life.

Friday 2nd – Sun 4th March

Programme of events:...

Loving the Beach Festival a Huge Hit

Authored by kath@raw

The sky was blue, the water looked crystal clear and the beach was rocking. Set against the most idyllic setting imaginable, The Venus Company’s first ever Loving the Beach Music Festival on Saturday was an unprecedented success. Blackpool Sands was buzzing with families enjoying a first-rate day out. The afternoon got off to a lively start when ‘Mafia 4’ took to the stage. Another local band...