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Dances of Universal Peace, Oxfordshire

Dances of Universal Peace, Oxfordshire
South Newington Village Hall, Oxfordshire

Dances of Universal Peace: a powerful & joyful spiritual practice & experience, chanting while dancing in a circle. Ralph’s & Vitalija’s style is intense, deep into the heart - and yet light and humorous, supported with drum & guitar.

We love playing with polarities by offering a mix of fiery ecstatic dances, slow meditative flowing movements, joyful Jewish dances, harmony Hallelujas, Sufi zikrs, lots of partner dances - and adding harmonies (men and women singing different voices at the same time).

"The spiritual dance has no other purpose, no other aim than to elevate [hu]mankind beyond self-thought, to joy, to bliss, to realization and to peace ... the sincere dancer is one of the best workers for universal harmony, and so, for universal peace..."

(Samuel Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace)


Please bring some nibbles or finger food for the tea break) and loose clothing.

Times: 1-5pm

Cost: £15.- (if that's too much for you: please give as much as you can afford - we don't want to turn anyone away because of lack of money!)

Contact north Oxfordshire: Stella 01295 720096

South Newington Village Hall, Oxfordshire

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South Newington village hall is available for private hire and community events.. . . more>>

Oxford - Dance and Academia, Moving the Boundaries

Oxford - Dance and Academia, Moving the Boundaries
The Oxford Old Fire Station Arts Centre

Space to Dance - Exploring Movement, Site and Surroundings.

10am-6pm (movement workshop 10-12, presentations and city tour 12-6)

This one-day symposium brings together dance practitioners, academics and professionals from different fields to gain an insight into movement in, through and around space. The day will contain a practical workshop as well as papers, time for discussion and a unique opportunity to explore the spaces around us both physically and mentally. Speakers will be addressing diverse themes including choreographing audiences through mobile technology, exploring urban design through the perspective of movement, the design of bespoke dance buildings, the use of aerial space for dance, and understandings of movement and dance in human geography fields.

All welcome.

Speakers: Clive Albert (Malcolm Fraser Architects) Lesley Cotton (Architect and Landscape Architect) Fabrice Guillot (Choreographer, Compagnie Retouramont) Struan Leslie (Head of Movement, Royal Shakespeare Company) Rita Marcalo (Choreographer, Instant Dissidence) Derek McCormack (School of Geography and The Environment, Oxford University)


Advance booking required

Cornerstone Arts Centre Oxford

Cornerstone has a fantastic array of facilities for you to enjoy; an auditorium for theatre, show. . . more>>

East Oxford Community Centre

Community venue for classes, worship, meetings, gigs and more. There are several rooms available . . . more>>

The Oxford Old Fire Station Arts Centre

Arts at the Old Fire Station is a charity and social enterprise in the heart of Oxford, offering . . . more>>

Dances of Universal Peace: "Between the Years" - 1st hour free

Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph
Dances of Universal Peace: "Between the Years" - 1st hour free
Friends Meeting House Cambridge

You are invited to join us singing your heart out & dancing your extra Christmas pounds off.
Chanting sacred phrases while dancing in a circle is a joyful and profound meditation & spiritual experience, uplifting, empowering & blissful.
Relax your mind – fall into the heart of the One
Beginners are welcome. No experience required. Everything is taught by ear and explained.
Ralph is leading the dance circle, accompanied by his wife with guitar and drum.
We'll also review this year - and look forward to the New Year...
Please bring some nibbles to share for teh tea break.
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The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
Great St Marys Church

A new opera for children by Oliver Rudland, based on the classic children's story by Jill Tomlinson.

Plop is a baby barn owl with a looming occupational hazard: he’s afraid of the dark. However, venturing beyond the nest one evening, he meets various new friends who take him on an enchanting journey through the night’s beautiful mysteries.

This will be a magical evening’s entertainment. The opera’s infectious melodies, exciting rhythms and charming story cannot fail to create a moving and memorable night for audience and performers alike.

The performance will include children from Fawcett Primary School, Trumpington, St John's College School, The Perse School and the GSM children's chorus, singing and playing alongside professional musicians.

Chantel McGregor plays at Cambridge Rock Festival

Chantel McGregor plays at Cambridge Rock Festival
Cambridge Rock Festival - Haggis Farm Polo Club

Chantel has stepped out in the pro-musician world with her own rock blues trio and her stunning performances are proving that this is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity...

If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then this Miss is clearly heading in the right direction, having been invited to perform on stage by Joe Bonamassa, the American blues star, on two of his tours so far.

Chantel has recently released her debut album, Like No Other and whilst this affirms her formidable skill with a guitar, it also showcases her genuine talent, as a singer-songwriter¹

Moreover, at the tender age of 24, what greater testament than to be invited by Universal to be part of a centenary album "100 Years of the Blues" in the company of the all time greats, like Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & Blues Breakers and many more titans of rock blues!! ²

It comes, as no surprise therefore, that Chantel has been nominated in the prestigious Young Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2011 and the winner, will be announced at The Newark Blues Festival on Sunday 11th September.

To see, hear and learn more about this incredible artist and where she is playing next, please visit Chantel's website at and if you fancy a listen to one of the great tracks from her album, please go to;

Don't miss out seeing Chantel at Cambridge Rock Festival on Saturday 6 August
The Festival is located off Grantchester Road, Coton, Cambridge, CB23 7PZ
To buy tickets please call 01353 749 749 or go online at
Chantel will be performing on Stage 1

Lodestar Festival 2011

Lodestar Festival 2011
Lodestar Festival

LodeStar is set on over 220 acres of fine lawn 10 mins from Cambridge with a big Texas starry night sky! With live music plus theatre, comedy, circus, zorbing, archery, power kiting, 5-a-side football, camping and more. Three days of the finest fresh music and art set in over 220 acres of beautiful lawn just 10 minutes from Cambridge. Headliners CSS, The Datsuns, The Magic Numbers. Comedy & Theatre. Circus and Poi performances, Power-kiting, Zorbing, Archery, Charity 5-aside football, Healing Field. LodeStar supports the following charities Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Headway and other community groups.

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