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The Open Mic is Open For Business

I didn’t think I’d get back into running an Open Mic again, and I hadn’t planned it, but here it is and I’m really enjoying it. We’ve now had our second night at the Paxton Centre and both nights have been very memorable !

 

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The thing is – the combination is right. The timing feels right for Crystal Palace to have a night that is all about the performers – where they can perform away from a noisy pub environment and be truly listened to.

The venue feels right. The Paxton Centre has developed into a real hub where local people can come and be creative.  I feel connected to it through the many community connections with Crystal Palace Transition Town, Crystal Palace Freelancers and more. And in terms of the art, one-woman-dynamo Beth Mander runs it like an Open Mic. Local artists are given slots on the wall and the art changes every month. Plus there’s a varied range of one-off and regular workshops, gigs and socials every month.

The audience feels right. Musicians, poets, and people who want to come along and enjoy a selection of new and established voices. My intention is to cultivate a space where the singers, poets, comedians and everyone else get a fair space to be heard. Nervous newbies feel able to have a go, and experienced performers can try out new material or just enjoy being listened to.

But most importantly of all – the mix of performers is more than right ! So far it has been brilliant ! I wonder can we keep this up ?  On the first night we had everything from RnB from Taylor, rip-roaring soulful balladry from Longy, slightly close to the knuckle comedy from Adam and a really exciting and eclectic mix of writing and spoken word.

Second time round the singer-songwriters were out in force, plus rap from Kai,  a great mix of spoken word and a great duet from Tomek and Simone a.k.a “m” to finish the night. It re-enforces my idea that there is a helluva lot of talent in Crystal Palace and in South London in general.

Fancy booking a slot ? Drop me a line for more info: joeduggan215@hotmail.com

And hope to see you on the next one on Friday 16th March: Facebook event here and book in advance to secure admission here. We tend to get quite full.

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Time Travelling With Crystal Palace Transition Town Part 1

I travel back in time to when I first got involved in what has truly turned out to be a remarkable project. At the beginning, most of did not see ourselves as leading anything, just waiting for someone else to do something.

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“Sorry? We’re in charge?”

“I don’t even know these people. Can we not just watch another video, this sounds too hard.”

You can read the whole blog here

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We Do Do-Ocracy

“We Do Do-ocracy….(And Carrot Costumes)”

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“In my 2013 welcome to the A.G.M.of Crystal Palace Transition Town I highlight the idea of do-ocracy. We are here to celebrate the do-ers. We have already gained a reputation in the area for a being a group that is pro-active and positive and it seems important to add that to our unspoken manifesto. There’s something impressive about putting the people who are “doing stuff” on the pedestal, giving them the microphone.”

In this blog for the Transition Network, I look at my involvement in Crystal Palace Transition Town:in particular how we have celebrated our achievements since 2011, and how our format for our Annual Celebration/A.G.M has changed to celebrate the “do-ers”. The blog also contains archive footage from the 2014 Event. Read More

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