Cambridge Catalyst Issue 08 Newsletter



We’re all likely to be spending a lot of time indoors this winter, making it the perfect time to curl up with a great book or two. Get inspired at the upcoming Cambridge Literary Festival, which presents an eclectic mix of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers between 19 and 29 November. Due to coronavirus restrictions, this edition of the festival will be held virtually, meaning you can enjoy the top-class talks from the likes of Madeleine Bunting, Matt Haig and Daisy Johnson from the comfort of your own sofa. Sound good? View the programme and purchase tickets via Cambridge

What’s hot and happening in the local events calendar


At a time when arts venues are facing extinction across the country, Cambridge is bucking the trend with a brand-new venue. Located in Market Passage (at the site that once housed the Cambridge Arts Cinema and, more recently, B Bar), Town and Gown Pub & Theatre is set to bring edgy, exciting, ‘Fringe-style’ theatre to Cambridge, offering in-house productions and professional touring shows. The building has undergone a dramatic design overhaul , now sporting a striking deep blue and gold facade, while inside, you’ll find the main mezzanine dining

area, with its private booths and baby grand piano. There’s also an elegant balcony area for a more intimate dining experience, allowing you to drink in the theatre’s atmosphere while overlooking the venue. The crowning glory is the theatre itself. Designed to work for a diverse range of performance styles and layouts, it will play host to the very best musical theatre, professional touring fringe artists, cabaret and home-produced productions in the coming months. The venue is now open for drinks and dining.

BELOW The Old Library has had a makeover and now boasts stunning interior design as the new Giggling Squid

Literary Festival’s website.

After months of waiting, Giggling Squid has finally opened its doors on Wheeler Street, offering vibrant Thai dishes in a stunning setting. Housed in The Old Library – the building that used to be Jamie’s Italian – the refurb is spectacular, making full use of this grand space and adding a modern spin, with a bright, floral decor. Menu highlights include Thai melting beef, lamb shank massaman, and a whole host of zingy cocktails: ours is a mango chilli mosquito! GIGGLING SQUID OPENS


From 6 to 22 November, catch online film festival AMPLIFY! , a collaborative effort from four of the UK’s largest regional film festivals. “2020 would have marked the 40th Cambridge Film Festival and it is only right that during these times we are working side by side with FilmBath, Brighton Cinecity and Cornwall Film Festival to offer an exciting film experience for you all,” say Tony Jones and Matthew Webb from Cambridge Film Festival. The full programme is available to

view now – for 10% off tickets, use the code ‘LoveCambridge’.

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