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September 2019


Image: a still from Children of the Unquiet

There are loads of goodies on the exhibition front this Autumn. Over at the Tate St Ives (check out the chic Gallery restaurant with views for days) there’s the first UK exhibition of Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work. From Where I Stand will showcase the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (21 Sept – 5 Jan). Also at the Tate you can catch Mikhail Karikis’s speculative film Children of the UnquietFilmed with 45 children living in Devil’s Valley, Italy, the film explores the relationship between land, industry and community with the children taking over an abandoned village (21 – 5 Jan).

Image: Raymond C Lawson

Or there’s Seaside:Photographed at cool contemporary gallery Newlyn Gallery & ExchangeNewlyn, an exploration of the British seaside from the 1850s with works from Martin Parr, Raymond C Lawson, Susan Hiller and more (until 3 Oct); over in St Just-in-Penwith at the Jackson Foundation there’s a collection of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson’s work titled Frenchman’s Creek, a collection of paintings of the Helford River that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel of the same name (until 22 Feb). And finally, for a bit of Cornish history, there’s Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960, at Penlee House, Penzance, an examination of the tension between the St Ives Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Arts (14 Sept – 16 Nov).



Summer may be coming to an end but the festival scene is still going strong (*crosses fingers for good weather*). First up is Little Orchard Cider FestivalHealey’s Cyder FarmPenhallow – a charming Cornish party with live music from The Zutons, Mad Dog Mcrea, Reef, as well as a silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping, Secret Cider Walks and cider tasting (13 – 15 Sept).

Little Orchard Cider Festival

You can boogie at Looe Live!Looe, a three day fest of live music (featuring Newton Faulkner, The Shires and DJ Trevor Nelson) in a magical setting on the Cornish coast (20 – 22 Sept). Or, Henry’s Little Big GigHenry’s CampsiteLizard Village, returns for its ninth year – a family-friendly affair celebrating Cornwall’s creative talent in music and beer making (20 – 21 Sept).



Foodies rejoice! There are a few food fests to dig into this month (literally). Kicking things off is Taste of Scilly, running throughout Sept, the festival celebrates the very best in local food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. New for 2019, there’ll be Distillery Tours and Gin Schools (oh hello!) at the brand new Spirit Scilly distillery on St Mary’s (1 – 30 Sept).

Or, fancy a pasty? (oh go on, we are in Cornwall!) Redruth Mining & Pasty Festival, Redruth, pays homage to the Cornish pasty and to Cornwall’s mining heritage. The festival is held within the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, which encompasses Redruth and its outlying venues and museums (7 Sept). Later in the month there’s Newquay Fish FestNewquay, with stalls cooking demonstrations and music, celebrating Cornwall’s huge fishing heritage and culture (13 – 15 Sept).

Throughout September,  the Mount Haven will be making the most of the late summer sunshine and their newly renovated outdoor space by hosting music on the terrace. Partnered with a few of their wonderful suppliers and local musicians, there will be Sunday Sessions all month.

Mount Haven Hotel, Sunday Sessions

And finally, it’s your last chance to catch the Michelin-starred Restaurant Story team at their residency at Carbis Bay EstateTruro. The six week pop-up up has seen the group cook a unique menu inspired by the ocean, as well as working with ocean campaigners, Parley, to remove 50 metric tonnes of plastic from the oceans. Eco and tasty, just the way I like it (until 14 Sept).



Eden Arts Festival, at the Eden Project, returns for its third year with two weekenders packed with family fun, exhibitions, talks, performances and more. Be Inspired Weekend (14 – 15 Sept) takes inspiration from the Eden Project’s stunning gardens, whilst Music Makers Weekend (21 – 22 Sept) will have loads of musical workshops, as well as performances from the Orchestra for the Earth who’ll be showing their brand new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans. Later in the month you can also catch the return of Proud Eden (28 Sept) a celebration of LGBTQ culture with music, performance and spoken word.

The Bowie Lounge

There’s more festival action at St Ives September FestivalSt Ives – with the summer rush of holidaymakers over, St Ives draws down art and music lovers from all over the country for a whole host of exhibitions and cultural events (14 – 28 Sept); Kneehigh Asylum Weekender, in Saint Austell, has a small but perfectly formed line up of eight events across several venues including The Bowie Lounge: Idiot Love, Vanessa Kisuule’s I Am An Octopus and Zoo Humans perfomed by parkour group Urban Playgound (20 – 22 Sept).

Adam Chodzko’s Ghost, exhibiting at Groundwork

The Bodmon Moor Poetry Festival returns for its eight year at Sterts AmpitheatreSterts, with a three day programme of readings, spoken word, walks, exhibitions and fantastic line up of poets and artists (27 – 29 Sept). Or Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art organised by the Helston-based CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), launches the final month of its programme with new exhibitions throughout September across the county. The shows have an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance with new commissions and acclaimed works by internationally celebrated artists (until 30 Sept).

And finally, there’s heaps to explore across Cornwall at the Heritage Open Days Festival – a fantastic way to see our ‘hoods prettiest buildings and landmarks that are free to enter for the public, including tranquil wooded garden Trengwainton near Penzance, Elizabethan manor Trerice near Newquay (pictured above) and Tintagel’s medieval Old Post Office (13 – 22 Sept).



Get ready for a whole loada thespian action in Cornwall this Sept, starting with The Secret Garden, performed by Chapterhouse Theatre at Sterts Ampitheatre, nr Liskeard (4 Sept), followed by And Then There Were None (5 – 6 Sept) by the theatre’s in-house team, about 10 strangers trapped on an island who are each accused of murder (*gasp!*).

There’s more outdoor antics at Penlee Park, Penzance, with The Full Bronte which pays homage to the Bronte clan, combining comedy, storytelling, music and games (11 Sept). The stunning world-famous Minack Theatre, Penzance (pictured above), also has an al fresco offering with the brilliant in-house team putting on two shows, Stones In His Pockets (10 – 19 Sept) and Orfeo (11 – 15 Sept).

Phoebe Waller Bridge’s brilliantly dark Fleabag is also making an appearance in our ends this month (well, kind of), with the live West End show being screened to cinemas across Cornwall. Find your nearest venue here (12 Sept).


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