Melting Pot cabaret at Blackfriars

AN evening of great free music is lining up for the final summer Melting Pot Cabaret at the Blackfriars Brewery tonight (Friday).The courtyard of the brewery on Main Cross Road opposite the Pleasure Beach has proved an ideal setting for the cabaret nights, run by SeaChange Arts.

AN evening of great free music is lining up for the final summer Melting Pot Cabaret at the Blackfriars Brewery tonight (Friday).

The courtyard of the brewery on Main Cross Road opposite the Pleasure Beach has proved an ideal setting for the cabaret nights, run by SeaChange Arts.

Topping the bill are the local multi-cultural trio Hate, Love, Fate who were such a big hit at the Yarmouth Beer Festival in May and have been much in demand since then at a variety of venues. Also appearing will be three solo guitarists: Lefty, from Norwich, acoustic and blues; Sam James Hill, folk and experimental ambient and Ricky Woods from Lowestoft who is also an acoustic performer. The evening runs from 7pm to 10pm.

As well as the beers made on the premises by the Blackfriars Brewery, the local Portuguese-run Caf� Forum House will offer their own special cakes and coffee.

“These evenings, which are aimed at the whole family, have a really special atmosphere. Blackfriars has proved an ideal setting for summer events” said Rosita Juzenaite, SeaChange Outreach Officer.

The cabarets are part of the Caf� Culture project managed by Rosita which is aimed at encouraging and highlighting arts events in the town's cafes and restaurants, many of them multi-cultural. As well as providing cabaret performers for the beer festival, Seachange has also been working with the town centre partnership to stage open air cabarets in the Market Place for the August late night shopping evenings.

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More art exhibitions and performances are planned.

“A number of artists have come forward as a result of our appeal in the Mercury and Advertiser and we hope to help them put on shows over the next few months at various venues,” explained Rosita.

Tomorrow, Saturday, night at the Quayside Plaza on South Quay, guitarist and singer Gemma Khawaja will be performing for diners enjoying a meal at the restaurant. And on Tuesdays at the Caf� Forum House in St Peter's Road, the popular free Caf� Culture guitar classes run by performer and teacher Dic York continue from 6.30pm until 8pm.

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