Mon 18 - Sun 24 November
The big one this week is the City of Lights festival in Truro – one of the biggest lights switch-on event outside of London. The event attracts thousands who come to see the lights, local musicians, dancers and hundreds of awesome lanterns made by local artists, school children, college students and community members (20 Nov).
Elsewhere, in Truro, cool alt-folk rock band The Little Unsaid, above, are stopping off at The Bakery Studio to promote their new album Atomise that was released earlier this year (22 Nov). And then there’s Camo Clave, performing at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan. The new band, born from Bristol’s thriving Afro Latin scene, is influenced by rumba and reggae with hints of dub and electro. Groovy (23 Nov).
If you’re looking for jazz head to The Acorn, Penzance, for Jazz & Blues guitarist Remi Harris above. Remi has played at several prominent venues including Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall and in his live shows plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards and new arrangements of popular songs (22 Nov).
There’s also the annual St Ives Shanty Shout which is back for its fourth year. The festival name comes from the Cornish tradition of singing sessions in Pubs with groups performing across the town in venues such as Castle Inn, Golden Lion, The Queens Hotel and more (22 – 23 Nov).
ART & CULTURE
The U Studio Festival, hosted at Tate St Ives gets underway this week. The festival of art and artists is created by and for young people (although everyone is welcome!) and has pop-up performances, films, talks, in-house DJ and more in the galleries (23 Nov).
If you’re Plymouth way, there are more fantastic moves from Matthew Bourne’s Olivier-award adaptation of Red Shoes, above, at Theatre Royal Plymouth (18 – 23 Nov).
The Regal Theatre also plays host to the 19th Shakespeare Schools Festival in Cornwall – the nationwide initiative sees over 20k young people from 750 schools perform on 118 profession stages across the UK. This year you can see Macbeth and Hamlet performed by schools in the county (18 Nov).
Community Tree Care Day, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, 24 Nov
Fancy bumping up your eco creds this month? Mount Pleasant Eco Park will be planting hundreds of trees to link up existing wooded areas in Porthtowan. It’s totally free to participate with soup and bread served afterwards.
Get your craft on at a Seasalt Quilting Workshops but with a twist – you can’t take your creation with you. Instead, remnants will be re-worked into one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt creations by attendees and then donated to St Petrocs, who are working to end homelessness in Cornwall. St Petrocs gives many people a place to call home in their time of need, and the creations from the workshops will help bring colour and warmth to their accommodation. Cowslip Workshop, Launceston (21 Nov)