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fter the muted celebrations of 2020, I’m determined to go all out with Christmas cheer this year – and it seems like the whole of Cambridge feels the same! The city’s lights are up and twinkling away, the ‘North Pole’ has returned to Parker’s Piece, and the pantos are back, madder than ever, at the theatres. It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which also means it’s time for our huge festive giveaway – this year with a total prize value of over £2,000! As always, one lucky winner will receive the massive bundle, delivered to their house by the Edition elves just in time for the big day. This time the bonanza features hotel stays, spa days, luxury booze, kids’ toys, board games, edible treats, vouchers and loads more. Find out how to be in with a chance of winning on page 35. Want to give something back to the community this holiday season? We’ve got a host of brilliant ideas from local charities on page 51. From the Grafton’s Giving Tree – under which you can put a present for a child in need – to Arthur Rank’s ingenious tree-recycling scheme, there are some fantastic campaigns for helping spread goodwill in Cambridge. We’ve also got delicious Christmas recipes, the best New Year’s Eve nights out, gifts from local indies and lots more besides – enjoy the issue and see you on the other side! A Cambridge Christmas
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04 Starters Cambridge’s festive hits not to miss, plus our top social media pics of the month 09 Culture Club Art exhibitions, interviews and our favourite Humans of Cambridge 29 Discover SaffronWalden From late-night shopping to seasonal fun, our north Essex neighbour has much to tempt 31 Christmas Shows Cambridge theatreland is about to go into overdrive, with ballets, pantos and much more 35 The Xmas Giveaway! Our much-loved bundle of bounty returns, with thousands of pounds of fabulous prizes! 41 Gift Guides Dive in to our carefully curated line-up of perfect presents – all from local indies
49 ABuryMerry Christmas Check out the best places to eat, drink and shop in the historic market town 51 Give a Little Help a local charity this holiday, thanks to these campaigns and initiatives 53 Savour & Sip The best local booze, delicious recipes, great foodie gifts, plus the latest from Alex and Elisha 74 Motoring Top tips for taking care of your car this winter, from local automobile experts 78 Beauty ’Tis the season for Christmas parties and glamming up your makeup looks 81 Home &Garden Spruce up your decorations, and discover this month’s essential outdoor tasks
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Toast the New Year in style! After last year’s NYE parties were cancelled, we’re looking forward to a big celebration on 31 December. Fancy being wined and dined on New Year’s Eve? Take a look at the mouth-watering menus at The Rupert Brooke, Hotel du Vin and the Old Bicycle Shop. For an evening of glamour, secure a spot at Bedford Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, or indulge in a tasting menu prepared by chef Steven Saunders at The Willow Tree. If live music’s your thing, head to De Luca Cucina for piano tunes, fabulous Italian food and great cocktails. Also serving top tipples is Stolen’s Liquor Loft, which will host a DJ set until 1am. Dance your way into 2022 at Hidden Rooms, Lola Lo, Vinyl, Mash and Revolution, or head to the Junction for drum and bass night Warning. For something more genteel, treat yourself to a mesmerising performance of The Nutcracker at the Corn Exchange. For our full round-up of the best NYE nights out, visit cambsedition.co.uk
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BLACKTHORPE BARN Lose yourself in a winter wonderland at Blackthorpe Barn’s Christmas festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Set in a medieval thatched building at the heart of The Rougham Estate, the barn houses a rich array of decorations, gifts and handmade crafts – including knitwear, ceramics and organic beauty products. You can purchase a prestigious Rougham Estate Christmas tree while you’re there, too, and enjoy mulled wine and a freshly-baked bite at the Courtyard Café. THE NORTH POLE, CAMBRIDGE The North Pole has returned to Parker’s Piece – and this year it’s bigger than ever! Skate to your heart’s content on the covered ice rink, enjoy a warming beverage at the Ice Bar, and get your fill of thrills on the longest ice slide in the UK. The attraction is open until 3 January. CAROLS ON THE RIVER On 5 December, the Choir of St John the Evangelist, Let’s Go Punting and The Traditional Punting Company will join together for the unmissable Christmas Carols on the River. This gorgeous festive spectacle sees guests chauffeured down the College Backs in punts, while the choir performs a programme of classic Christmas carols alongside. And all ticket sales will go to the charity Blue Smile. CHRISTMAS AT THE GONVILLE For a festive feast in a magical setting, check out The Gonville’s Winter Garden: a chic, après-ski-style outdoor dining experience in the heart of the city centre. As well as beautiful decor, expect seasonal cocktails and delicious specials on the food menu. The hotel itself will be adorned in festive finery, too, and is open throughout the holiday period (including on Christmas Day) – for dining, overnight stays and drinks. MILL ROAD SATURDAYS In lieu of the Mill Road Winter Fair, the final instalment of Mill Road Saturdays will take place on 4 December. As well as live music and craft stalls, families can look forward to a huge choice of activities including face painting, science experiments and the I Spy Mill Road bunting trail, guiding you on a tour of the street’s legendary hotspots. LINTON CHRISTMAS MARKET The lovely Linton Christmas Market returns on 11 December, with carol singing, mulled wine, all sorts of food and drink – and, of course, lots of great ideas for Christmas gifts from local crafters. The event takes place at the Free Church on Horn Lane, and runs 10am-2pm.
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ON POINT Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to the Cambridge Corn Exchange this December. Find out more in our festive show round-up on page 31
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LOOKING FOR A LAUGH THIS DECEMBER? CHECK OUT THESE SHOWS TO GET YOUR FIX OF FUNNY The nights have well and truly drawn in; it’s dark, cold and most likely miserable. An injection of humour is much needed, and luckily for us, the Corn Exchange has a stellar line-up of comedy greats to lighten the mood of the month. On 4 December, Adam Kay’s Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas delivers a dual- natured night of festive hilarity. A love letter to those who spend the holiday season on the front line, the show mixes stand-up with highlights from Kay’s bestselling book, This is Going to Hurt . The result? A comical celebration that doubles as a heart- warming ode to the legions of NHS staff spending Christmas on shift. Sarah Millican follows from 9 to 12 December, with her new stand-up show Bobby Dazzler . Now on her sixth international tour, the popular Geordie comedian has spent the past year writing jokes and growing her backside (her words), and is once again primed to take to the stage and have you in stitches. Right Here, Right Now is up next. The highly anticipated show from John Bishop is part of the Liverpudlian’s newly announced world tour of the same name, and is set to feature two hours of skilfully delivered observational wit, with the effortless flair that has brought him huge success and widespread critical acclaim. Catch it on 14 December (or 14 January for round two). On 15 and 16 December, Alan Carr brings Regional Trinket to the city. The irreverent funny-man is abandoning the notion of being a national treasure, and embracing a new lifestyle: finding happiness and joy in the small things. A lot has changed since his last tour four years ago – including Alan himself – but the comedian is still a master of packing an evening with laughs. Last, but not least, Scotland’s international star Daniel Sloss will grace the stage with his all-new solo show, following his smash-hit global tour Daniel Sloss: X . The live shows and Netflix specials, Dark and Jigsaw , have garnered him worldwide fame – the latter is now credited with breaking up over 75,000 couples and cited in over 130 divorces (fans have been known to bring divorce papers for him to autograph at shows). Make sure to catch the hilarity on 18 December. For more information, and booking details for any of the shows mentioned, go to cambridgelive.org.uk
THE HUMOUR MILL Daniel Sloss (above), John Bishop (bottom left) and Adam Kay (left) come to the city
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If you happen to be in Cambridge between 13 November and 12 December, be sure to visit the Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition, where you’ll find a staggering array of pottery made by creatives from around the region. Located in the peaceful venue of All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane, this popular exhibition is the perfect opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of city-centre Christmas shopping, and retreat to a sanctuary of hand-crafted sculptures, tableware and studio pottery. With over 50 local potters showcasing their wares, there’s bound to be a style that suits your tastes. This year, a further selection will be available to view online throughout the duration of the in- person exhibition. Peruse the virtual display at your leisure, with online delivery available to customers around the world. As it’s the season of giving, Anglian Potters are continuing their annual charity tradition by donating decorations for the charity Christmas tree, with proceeds going to the British Red Cross Afghan Crisis Appeal. The Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition will be open to members of the public from 10am to 4pm, every day except Mondays.
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Art exclusives WE SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON THREE STANDOUT ABSTRACT PAINTERS AT TYRRELL ART GALLERY
FINTAN WHELAN Dublin-born painter Fintan Whelan is the latest artist to join the talented ranks at Tyrrell Art Gallery. Now based in Germany, his method of painting is incredibly calculated, yet the finished works project serendipity – a defiant juxtaposition of process and product, culminating in pieces at once organic and meticulously measured.
ERNESTINE TAHEDL Abstract painter Ernestine Tahedl creates texturally rich compositions, incorporating large brushstrokes of colour with purposeful deposits of paint. By scraping paint across the surface of her works, the artist is able to illustrate the complex, multi-layered nature of the symphonies and operatic works she listens to while painting in her studio.
ANDREA EHRET With a focus on abstract expressionism, Andrea Ehret’s oil and mixed media paintings are the result of her intuitive creative process, balancing tonal contrasts through flowing brushstrokes, to achieve an overall feeling of harmony. The artist’s works ultimately reflect her inner world, representative of the dreamlike experience she continuously seeks.
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EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT Maud Sulter: The Centre of the Frame THIS POSTHUMOUS DISPLAY CHALLENGES THE INVISIBILITY OF BLACK WOMEN IN ART HISTORY, QUESTIONING REPRESENTATION IN A MANNER BOTH TIMELY AND NECESSARY
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A key figure in the history of the New Hall Art Collection, Maud Sulter was one of the first artists to donate works when the collection was founded in 1992. Sulter’s art has always questioned the representation of black women across art history and literature, subverting conventional depictions to highlight contextual incongruence – or notable absences. So when it came to collating and spotlighting works by the Scottish-Ghanaian artist, the curatorial team set to work searching for each piece from her photographic series Zabat, to complete what would ultimately be a richly detailed, and starkly culturally relevant, picture. “Curating this exhibition involved quite a lot of detective work, as we had to track the pieces down,” explains Naomi Polonsky, assistant curator at New Hall Art Collection in Murray Edwards College. Among the art from Zabat that needed to be located was Sulter’s work Phalia (Portrait of Alice Walker), part of a series of nine photographic portraits depicting contemporary black female figures posing as the Greek Muses. “It’s a beautiful, rich and important series which has rarely been shown in its entirety. We decided to bring together as much of it as we could,” Naomi continues. “One of the portraits – Erato (Portrait of Dionne Sparks) – I stumbled across completely by chance, while researching another artist in the collection,” Naomi recalls. “I was scrolling through her Instagram page and saw a picture of the work hanging on her sitting room wall. It turns out the two artists knew each other and collaborated in the 90s, so it was exciting to discover a connection between them.” The Zabat series, which Sulter described as a ‘diasporan family portrait’, was created in 1989 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, drawing on classical compositional themes and disrupting the narratives with which they are associated. “A particular highlight for me is Calliope, in which Sulter photographs herself as the Muse of epic poetry,” Naomi explains. “In the portrait, Sulter recreates a picture of Jeanne Duval, the Haitian-born dancer and actor, who is remembered almost exclusively for being Charles Baudelaire’s lover. That photograph, taken by
POWERFUL PORTRAITS The New Hall Art Collection comes full circle, displaying the works of a foundational artist
the prominent 19th-century photographer Nadar, was entitled Unknown Woman, despite the fact that Nadar definitely would have been aware of Duval’s identity. Sulter was fascinated by the figure of Duval, and the way in which she was anonymised and exoticised.” In Sulter’s re- interpretation of the photograph, she turns away from the viewer striking a regal pose, head held high. On a table next to her is a daguerreotype – an early form of photograph – in which the image is deliberately obscured. Along with each of the striking portraits that make up Zabat , you’ll find an accompanying poem written by Sulter, in which she conjures the voices of the sitters. In turns comic and poignant, contemplative and punchy, the poems allow for additional exploration of the works, enriching their meaning and encouraging the viewer to contemplate key themes. “Some are very rhythmic, with chant-like refrains, while others tell whole narratives in a stream-of-consciousness style,” Naomi explains. “Sulter reflects on issues relating to the history and nature of photography: the ethics of taking someone’s photograph without their consent, the way in which photographs can be exploited by a dominant culture, and the sentimental value of personal photographs. “I would encourage visitors to sit on the benches, and slowly look at the portraits and read the poems,” Naomi adds. “All of Sulter’s work is
so deeply layered with references and meaning – the longer you engage with it, the more rewarding it is.” Although Sulter has been largely left out of art history, her works have existed as persistent reminders of the astounding racial disparity evident in artistic representation for decades. Tracing back to entrenched ancestral prejudices, this is rightly being rigorously dismantled, stripped of its excuse-laden protective shell to reveal a singular, disappointing core of injustice. “Maud Sulter’s art has always been relevant, but society is only just catching up with her,” says Naomi. “She passionately believed in supporting and elevating black women, and re-inserting them into the history of art and literature, from which they had often been erased.” Having passed away at the age of 47, Sulter sadly did not live to see the recognition she is now receiving. But, like many artists, her work has transcended time; its meticulously researched, yet playful nature placing both forgotten and imagined figures at the forefront – quite literally, in the centre of the frame. “In many ways, she anticipated conversations that are only becoming mainstream now,” Naomi muses. “I sometimes wonder what she would be making today, if she were still alive.” Catch the exhibition at the New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, until 2 January. art.newhall.cam.ac.uk
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KATHERINE RYAN 28 JANUARY 2022, 8PM, CORN EXCHANGE, FROM £26.50 The Canadian comic presents her all-new live show, Missus , sharing a wealth of uncompromisingly funny perspectives on life and love.
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CREATIVE CORNER POP UP ART CAMBRIDGE
Featuring the work of more than 20 local artists and makers, Pop Up Art Cambridge – organised by local creative Jo Clark Design – is a brand-new gallery and workshop space. It’s situated in a newly vacated, glass-fronted premises on Victoria Road, originally occupied by Minuteman Press. The space offers a whole host of unique art and gifts, supporting local talent and providing an independent shopping venue for the city in the lead-up to Christmas and beyond. Be sure to pay the new gallery a visit at 154-156 Victoria Road to see the works for yourself, and keep an eye out for exciting workshops, hosted by some of the talented
MILES KANE 14 FEBRUARY 2022, 7PM, CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, £25 ADV Performing his new album Change the Show , expect raucous energy and infectious northern charm fromMiles Kane’s highly anticipated return to UK touring.
artists you’ll find on display. popupartcambridge.com
LAST CHANCE! A slice of chaos David Shrigley’s exhibition of erratic, colourful and striking works, entitled My Artwork is Terrible and I am a Very Bad Person , will still be on show at Extraordinary Objects on Green Street until 4 December. The pieces, imbued with satire, offer a much-needed dose of comic relief, and a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel we’ve spent nearly two years trying to find. Despite often tackling deeply affecting, fundamental subjects, the artist manages to retain his characteristic sense of levity, producing pieces that are both funny and poignant. If you’re looking for some light-hearted relief, you’ll surely find it here.
BELINDA CARLISLE 25 FEBRUARY 2023, 7.30PM, CORN EXCHANGE, FROM £38 Remaining relevant for nearly four decades is a feat fewmusicians can claim to have managed. But Belinda Carlisle is one of them – catch her at the Corn Exchange to see why.
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Golden ticket AKAZAKH STEPPE BACK IN TIME UNCOVER THE RICH HISTORY OF THE SAKA PEOPLE AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM’S NEWEST EXHIBITION, GOLD OF THE GREAT STEPPE WORDS BY FRANCES MCNAUGHTON
Hundreds of recently discovered gold artefacts, dating back nearly 3,000 years, are now on display at the FitzwilliamMuseum, in what is a global first. The outstanding archaeological finds – uncovered from the extraordinary ancient burial mounds in East Kazakhstan built by the Saka people – offer a glimpse into a way of life that has been largely overlooked by museums in the west. The Saka culture of central Asia was one of the earliest expressions of the Scythian culture that was prevalent across the Eurasian Steppe, from the Black Sea to Siberia, and flourished from at least the eighth to the third centuries BCE. A vibrant society, the Saka of East Kazakhstan occupied a landscape of wide-open skies, rolling plains and soaring mountains. And – as can be seen in the exhibition – they were an exceptionally resilient bunch, determined to both protect and document their heritage. The burial mounds from which the artefacts have been derived were huge architectural feats of ambitious technological construction, dominating the landscape. Elite members of society were buried with their horses and many precious gold objects. However, status seems to have been afforded based on family ties; noble youths were afforded expensive burials, and teenagers were buried as warriors.
One highlight of the exhibition is the spectacular contents from an extremely rare, undisturbed Saka burial – only the second to be discovered on the territory of Kazakhstan. Buried in the same chamber as a younger, female close relative, the grave of a teenage archer – no older than 18 when he died – appears to have been protected from plunder by a rockfall, which shielded it from view. While the girl’s remains were heavily looted in antiquity, the boy’s richly furnished grave remained undisturbed for over 2,500 years. This fascinating and tender exhibition brings together archaeological finds and research from three different burial complexes in East Kazakhstan: Berel, Shilikti and Eleke Sazy, allowing visitors to discover the life and legacy of the Saka people, while exploring points of resonance with Kazakh culture today. It also represents the growing application of archaeological science that is currently driven by Kazakhstani researchers, and happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the independent Republic of Kazakhstan. Luke Syson, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, said: “We look forward to bringing the extraordinary culture of the Saka people to life for audiences, and are grateful to our partnership with East Kazakhstan, without
which enlightening exhibitions such as these would simply not be possible.” Going forward, the FitzwilliamMuseum will work in partnership with research scientists at the University of Cambridge’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, utilising the latest non-invasive technology to uncover new secrets held by the artefacts. Results from the collaboration will be included both in the exhibition and digitally, as an ongoing legacy of the research. To book your timed ticket for Gold of the Great Steppe , visit the FitzwilliamMuseum website. The display will be running until 30 January 2022. fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
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Coming up at the ADC STRAP YOURSELVES IN FOR ANOTHER MONTH OF SUPERB SHOWS AND THRILLING THEATRE Alongside December’s inevitable slew of Christmas shows, the ADC Theatre is delivering a stacked calendar of live theatre goodness, with a little something to suit all tastes. From 30 November until 4 December, Sarah Ruhl presents her surreal, dreamlike adaptation of a classic Greek myth in the form of Eurydice . The production charts the fateful journey of lovers Orpheus and the titular Eurydice, exploring themes of love, longing, separation and death – along with the significance of memory. On the same dates, Anna Freeman’s Cicada’s Children tells a love story that’s for the most part conventional, but potential ulterior motives lurk just under the surface. Watch as Danny and Bella’s relationship blossoms – fuelled by shots of sustainable coffee, making future plans and a business proposition Danny just can’t refuse. Also showing in the first week of the month, from 1 to 4 December, The Man Presents: Anyone But the Man offers up a series of character monologues from some of Cambridge’s finest comics. The plot twist? None of them are strictly male. Multiple women and non-binary people actually allowed on stage at once… it has to be seen to be believed.
The Shadows is up next from 7 to 11 December, with an evening of horror in store. A twist on tales of old, the show brings three terrifying Cambridge stories together and delivers them in haunting succession. It’s not for the faint of heart, but will stay with you long after leaving the venue. Finally, the first week of January brings White Lies , a perplexing tale of shared fantasy. Married couple Simon and Claire invite their friend Roger to dinner every Wednesday, but before long, Simon is meeting Roger on his own, and Claire starts having Roger round for coffee during the day. Their relationships develop into something more, but there’s a strange fact underlying it all: Roger doesn’t exist! This quirky comedy explores how fantasies designed to spice up a marriage can spiral out of control, becoming altogether weirder. Definitely one to mark in your calendar. Tickets for all the shows mentioned can be booked through the ADC Theatre website. adctheatre.com
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When it comes to the county’s creative scene, The Trove Cambridge has become its own thriving community hub. Home to many of the region’s most promising artists, designers, makers and independent businesses, it’s the place to go for the latest creations – and to bag a unique gift for yourself or a loved one. Look out for members’ craft stalls at Mill Road Saturdays (4 December), pop in to see Cambridge Art Makers at Festive Open Studios (4-5 December) over in Linton, or catch the Be Social Christmas Market at Cambridge Junction (18 December). In between, keep an eye out for those selling their wares on the high street: “You can shop with Pop Up Art Cambridge, All Saints Garden Craft Market and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts in the city, or The Courtyard and VK Gallery in St Ives, and Bricks & Makers in Saffron Walden,” says founder Stephanie Stott. “There’s plenty of inspiration for shopping and supporting local creators this Christmas time!” The Trove Cambridge has recently launched its online shop, featuring five lovingly curated gift boxes packed with high-quality prints and products from across Cambridgeshire. The 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar box, which includes goodies from the Ely Fudge Company, The Little Fenland Eco Shop, Sewing Daze and Sleepy Bee Studio, also looks lovely. Check it out at thetrovecambridge.co.uk – and make sure to follow @thetrove_ cambridge on Instagram to get the latest updates.
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Dialogues on display KETTLE’S YARD CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF RENOWNED PUBLISHER IVORYPRESS WITH A SPECIAL SHOWCASE OF WORKS BY FIVE ARTIST COLLABORATORS CONTEMPORARY ART WORDS BY FRANCES MCNAUGHTON
drawings by Blanca Miró Skoudy, which depict abstract bodies inspired by cubism and surrealism. The pair interact beautifully with prints and drawings by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska from the Kettle’s Yard collection, delineating elements of the latter’s strong contrasts and subtly jutting curves to retain a sense of balance in the space. An artist’s book by Richard Long, entitled Walking and Sleeping , is displayed on a table in the Library, and documents ten routes and seven walks taken by the artist. Between the book’s covers, one page equates to one day. The photographs, texts and original mud drawings explore ideas of time, space, place and distance, offering a quiet moment for contemplation that perfectly aligns with the object’s location. Also examining place and time, works by Fernando Casasempere are displayed in the Bechstein Room. The Chilean’s three main sources of inspiration – pre-Hispanic heritage, the Chilean landscape and life in London – inform these pieces, blending to form layered
The artworks, objects and spaces of the Kettle’s Yard House are carefully, deliberately arranged. They maximise the available sources of light, and perennially reflect the essence of the original owners, Jim and Helen Ede. Subsequently incorporated pieces must assimilate themselves with this pre-existing harmony, and such is the case with the latest ongoing exhibition: Ivorypress at Kettle’s Yard . An ode to the Madrid-based publisher of artists’ books, Ivorypress, this special display includes pieces by five individuals, encompassing paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs, and placing them in dialogue with what’s already on display at the House. Two of them – Eduardo Chillida and Richard Long – have previously exhibited at Kettle’s Yard, but this familiarity continues throughout the display, which is presented exclusively in the upstairs rooms. Reflections , the first artist’s book published by Ivorypress, featured a selection of specially created ink drawings by Chillida. These are shown in the Attic space, alongside line
collages of textural and temporal elements. Fittingly, a painting made from clay on felt will temporarily replace Roger Hilton’s October 1955 Calm (Black, Grey, Brown and White) – another approach to landscape. Finally, presented in the intimate space of Helen Ede’s bedroom, six black-and-white images by US photographer Mariana Cook offer a contemplative glimpse into her characteristic abstractions of the everyday. Light and shadow define the works, many of which were captured during the last ten days of her mother’s life. The interplay between the two results in strikingly rendered portraits of objectified silence. To see the display for yourself, be sure to book a House ticket through the Kettle’s Yard website. Ivorypress at Kettle’s Yard will be showing until 30 January 2022. kettlesyard.co.uk A BROAD SPECTRUM The Ivorypress display covers a vast array of styles and techniques – from the striking chiaroscuro of Cook, to the gorgeously organic sculpture of Casasempere
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MARVELLOUS MARSH New Life on the Old West is all about biodiversity
FOCUSED ON ENHANCING HABITATS ACROSS THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE FENS, NEW LIFE ON THE OLD WEST IS A PROJECT THAT’S PRIORITISING WILDLIFE THE FUTURE OF THE FENS NURTURING NATURE
Net flicks Celebrating four decades of showcasing fantastic films, this year’s Cambridge Film Festival also delivers an extended online programme, still available to enjoy until 5 December. It’s the first ever solo, UK-wide digital programme the festival has hosted, offering a unique opportunity for audiences right across the country to catch exclusive showings, in addition to numerous film screenings ahead of their official release dates. Revel in the diverse selection – and join in with Cambridge Film Festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations – over on the dedicated website. cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk
Life on the Old West project manager. “In our first quarter’s work, we have already established a significant number of enhancements as part of our commitment to the creation of new spaces for wildlife between Ouse Fen and Wicken Fen. We are excited to monitor the impact of these additions in the many months and years to come.” In addition, the project ensures that a wider range of people can access and enjoy the fenlands, offering a diverse series of events, demonstrations, and a dynamic volunteering programme to encourage more engaged interest in the landscape. Along with family-friendly nature walks and informative workshops led by local wildlife experts, future events will include pond digging, orchard planting, and even work parties to help create new wildflower meadows in the area. It may only be the beginning, but thanks to the generous efforts of local volunteers, the future is looking bright for the project. “Our thanks to the initial tranche of event participants and volunteers who’ve committed their time to attending and supporting our work so far,” Howard adds. “We’re focused on connecting communities with their natural heritage, and look forward to building on the programme from here.” Find out more about the New Life on the Old West project over on the website. newlifeoldwest.org.uk
Having highlighted the Cambridgeshire Fens as an important stronghold for rare and threatened species, the New Life on the Old West project aims to create a more resilient landscape that connects dispersed species and habitat by implementing gentle ecological improvements over time. Designed and delivered by Cambridgeshire ACRE – a charity dedicated to supporting rural communities – and bolstered by funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the programme is a culmination of conservation work by over 50 local and regional organisations, specialists and community groups, all committed to preserving the fenland landscape and strengthening rural communities. And thus far, it seems to be working. Wildlife habitats across the Cambridgeshire Fens are already beginning to benefit from ecological enhancements brought about by the programme, thanks to a multitude of small-scale habitat improvements installed in the arable landscape. Much of the surrounding countryside close to the Old West River, including the extensive ditch network and community green spaces, has seen notable positive progression, with the addition of ponds, scrapes and wildflower meadows proving highly beneficial. “The Cambridgeshire Fens are known for their unique landscape, and we are so pleased to play a part in helping wildlife thrive among the Fenland ditches, ponds and greenery,” says Howard Jones, New
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Book Club CHECK OUT THE BOOKS AND LITERARY-THEMED GIFTS THAT WE’LL BE GIVING – AND HOPING TO RECEIVE – THIS FESTIVE SEASON
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THE LITERARY ALMANAC BY FRANCESCA BEAUMAN Described as a ‘year of seasonal reading’, this collection of 300 book
recommendations – compiled by Francesca Beauman (daughter of Nicola Beauman, the founder of Persephone Books) – serves up recommended reads suited to all times of year. Beautifully designed, the almanac is ideal for filling gaps in your own literary awareness, or discovering something brand new, and it makes an excellent, multi- purpose gift for anyone who loves to read. CONVERSATIONS ON LOVE BY NATASHA LUNN Heavily recommended in this space earlier in the year – and still one of the most comforting reads of the past 12 months – this book brings together a series of beautiful essays by journalist Natasha Lunn. It includes reflections on life’s big questions and insight from interviewees such as Philippa Perry, Roxane Gay and Dolly Alderton. A superb manual for surviving the longer nights, and ideal reading for anyone making resolutions – or attempting to arrive in 2022 ‘in progress’. COOK AS YOU ARE BY RUBY TANDOH Not festive, but definitely delicious and extremely welcome under the tree, the latest book from writer, cook and former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh takes a fresh approach to recipe writing. It includes over 100 accessible, affordable and adaptable suggestions for dishes suited to all occasions. The recipes are organised according to complexity/intensity, available time and mood – so you can easily find what’s going to work for you at that moment. Ruby’s side notes, particularly her observations on realistic seasonality, made me laugh out loud. Her calm, good sense will act as a reassuring presence on the counter, as you cook your way through the irresistible suggestions – all beautifully illustrated with artistic renditions of realistic kitchens and real cooks, as they are. Not to be missed.
H&O SHORT STORY ADVENT CALENDAR Short stories were everywhere this year, so here’s the perfect solution for any short-form lovers. Created by Hingston & Olsen (who are also behind the terrifying Ghost Box of short horror stories – one for next Halloween), this beautiful set of 25 individually bound shorts is designed to be opened on the days leading up to Christmas. After reading each of the tales – this year’s writers include José Saramago, Muriel Spark and even Tolstoy – recipients can visit the publisher’s website and read commentary on each of the works included by editor Alberto Manguel. There’s also a kids’ version, which involves further narratives from writers such as Beatrix Potter, Kenneth Oppel and Terry Pratchett – and both iterations include tales from around the globe and throughout time. Like us, the publishers proudly remain “stubborn, true believers in the power
SHOP LOCAL! Why not start a new tradition, by gifting a Christmas Eve read to your nearest and dearest? You could even head out on a bookshop crawl, factoring in stops for restorative hot chocolates or warming mulled wine en route, of course. Here are some fantastic local bookshops to visit! • Plurabelle Books, Coldhams Road • Waterstones, Sidney Street
• Heffers, Trinity Street • The Haunted Bookshop, St Edward’s Passage
• G David, St Edward’s Passage • Amnesty Bookshop, Mill Road • Oxfam Bookshop, Sidney Street • Topping & Company Booksellers, Ely (pictured below)
START A NEW TRADITION, BY GIFTING A CHRISTMAS EVE READ TO YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST
HELPING HAND There’s a near-endless choice when it comes to book-related presents. So, this handy guide will offer a smorgasbord of gift ideas to cater for all the bibliophiles in your life
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of the physical book”, so if you agree – and even if you missed out on this year’s iteration – it is absolutely something to get ahead on for 2022. Happy reading! AVID READERS CLUB JOANIE SWEATSHIRT This cheerful jumper is quite possibly the most essential piece of leisurewear for readers of all ages. We suggest getting it in mustard to cheer up your book sessions, even on the greyest of winter days. CAMBRIDGE LIBRARY CANDLE FROM COSY ART What book nook is complete without a scented candle or two? London-based scentsmith Cosy Art makes a whole collection of ‘bookish’ candles, but naturally we’re most intrigued by the BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SHELF WITH A ‘BOOK NOOK’
BOOK NOOKS Search Etsy for inspiration on how to brighten up your bookshelf with a ‘book nook’. These small, three-dimensional model street scenes slot onto shelves between books, creating little worlds to spark your imagination, and bring a ‘Dinky Doors’ vibe to your personal library. You can even get kits to create your own book nook: perfect for the more hands-on literature-lover.
‘Cambridge Library’ version, designed to inspire memories of the medieval library at the heart of Cambridge University college, Trinity Hall. Although, the ‘Rainy Day Reading’ and ‘Old Bookshop’ editions are also high on our wish list. REPOSED I debated whether to include this much- coveted set or not, as it’s technically only available until November, but a mention will function as a heads-up for 2022. The ‘Twelve Days of Reposed’ set from the team at Reposed gives you a dozen delicious, decorative and relaxing treats to enjoy throughout the festive season – plus three books from a curated selection which you can choose for yourself. Though this particular option might be out of reach for this year, Reposed’s main subscription service makes a beautiful and ongoing gift. It comprises a monthly book, selected
by their editors, plus three to five luxury items to make an evening of it – and you can also curate your very own book box as a one-off treat for a deserving person. A stylish, well-regarded service, it’s worth keeping in mind for gifts all year round. THE LITTLE LIBRARY CHRISTMAS BY KATE YOUNG Devoted to the most delicious time of year, this recipe book/literature love story is the follow-up to Kate Young’s smash successes The Little Library Cookbook and The Little Library Year . The premise for her series is simple – recipes inspired by literature – yet exceptionally well-executed. With gorgeous photography, this collection of 50 festive recipes for edible gifts, seasonal snacks and the big day itself, will be a sure-fire winner for anyone who loves eating and reading (which is definitely most of us).
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Cambridge PHOTOGRAPHER MARK BOX SHARES SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE PORTRAITS FROM THE STREETS OF CAMBRIDGE THIS MONTH – CAN YOU SPOT ANYONE YOU KNOW?
When you’re too cool for school and can get away with a Prada tie, jumper, big white sunglasses, rockin’ boots and socks, you’re definitely doing something right! Two thumbs up from me!
Humans of Cambridge is an Instagram photoblog by local photographer Mark Box. It began as a lockdown ABOUT THE PROJECT project and has turned into a local sensation, featuring an ever-growing number of Cambridge’s colourful characters on the @humanofcambridge grid. Mark is out most days snapping, and can usually be found in the Market Square, on King’s Parade, Burrell’s Walk and Garret Hostel Bridge – your best bet for being papped is to head out around lunchtime and wear something eye-catching!
Say hello to Amélie! I have much admiration for this human, a friend and colleague from the University Library. Originally from Belgium, Amélie always brings her smile with her wherever she goes, along with her taste in stylish attire!
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Now this human is special! Nicola was one of the early portraits I took back in January, and it was her image which gave me the inspiration to make HOC what it is today. One of my favourite people – and with good reason!
I just love this scene! The dog came out of the shop to see what all the fuss was about. It was those bright yellow Crocs and pinstripe trousers that grabbed my attention, but it’s her playfulness with the dog that makes me smile.
I spotted Jack walking down Senate House Passage on my way to King’s Parade. He was carrying a small, vintage Canon 35mm film camera... then he pulled out his even more vintage Polaroid Land camera! We ended up taking each other’s portraits.
This bright and colourful human goes by the name of Ria. I met her and her equally colourful boyfriend, both from Norwich, on a day out. They were so nice and happy to have their portraits taken – by far the loveliest strangers I’ve had the opportunity to meet. This is why I love creating content for HOC so much, because I get to meet people like these.
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Festive Delights NEARBY SAFFRON WALDEN IS PUSHING THE BOAT OUT THIS CHRISTMAS, WITH ILLUMINATIONS, TRAILS, MARKETS AND MORE – EXPLORE WHAT’S IN STORE!
MUST SEE Pop to Hill St (below), don’t miss Talents (right), or indulge in a Market House cocktail (below right)
medieval market town filled with lovely independent shops, Saffron Walden is the perfect place to head for a charming
shopping experience this festive period. Illuminated by twinkling lights, the historic town centre is a joy to discover – especially at Christmas Late Night Shopping, which this year takes place on 3 December. The all-day market continues into the evening, joined by seasonal food, entertainment and charity stalls, plus many shops will stay open until around 8.30pm. Nice ones to visit include Talents, a gift emporium which has been open since 1986. It’s reliably filled with lovely craft pieces, candles, ceramics and accessories. Homewares store Lottie Mutton has lots of festive decorations, from gorgeous garlands to quirky baubles, while Between The Lines is the essential stop-off for cards and a last-minute Advent calendar. If your visit falls between 1 and 22 December, embark on the Yellow Brick Road Christmas Trail, organised by Saffron Walden BID. Follow the markings on the
street and look out for snowflakes in shop windows – there are great prizes on offer, for young and old. For a bite while you’re there, check out The Market House, just up the road from the Market Square. An indie eatery serving tasty tapas, cocktails and live music, it’s THE HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE IS A JOY TO DISCOVER
a real gem that locals love. If you prefer a classic pub experience, the Cross Keys is a good bet. We all have a sweet-toothed friend, so for the ideal gift, make a beeline for Hill St. The team hand-make chocolates on- site, and always wow with their wonderful Christmas creations. Ingredients for your own festive feast, meanwhile, can be found at Burtons Butchers – a family-run business with a commitment to sustainability and sourcing local, top-quality meat – or Gilbey Butchers, which has a host of deli items, alongside a traditional butchery service. For the all-important kids’ toys, turn your feet to the delightful Toy Box, a treasured part of the Saffron Walden community since way back in 1984. A higgledy-piggledy building, filled to the brim with toys, teddies and games, it covers the whole gamut – from timeless classics to the latest trends. For creatively-minded young ones and grown-ups, Colorcraft is an absolute treasure trove of arty supplies, while Game On Toymaster has a world of games (digital and analogue!), collectables, models, Lego and consoles.
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THE CITY’S THEATRE SCENE HAS NO INTENTION OF LETTING US DOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON. DIARIES AT THE READY, AS FRANCES MCNAUGHTON HAS THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU…
There’s nothing quite like Christmas in Cambridge. In a city renowned for
championing its fantastic arts and culture scene, what could be better than to sample a spot of theatre action this celebration season? And this December, the city’s top venues are out in full force to bring you their very best Christmas performances. There’s a modern reimagining of a classic at the Junction, a comedic festive frolic at the ADC, a fun-packed family spectacular at the Arts Theatre, plus a colourful musical triumph from the Cambridge Theatre Company. So, take your seats and get comfortable – the shows are about to begin.
SAINT PETERSBURG CLASSIC BALLET Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to the Corn Exchange this new year with breathtaking productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake . Running
between 29 and 30 December and 1 and 2 January, respectively, the performances feature a full orchestra and stunning costumes, creating a magical atmosphere. cambridgelive.org.uk
29 Dec - 2 Jan
It seems audiences will never tire of this beloved family musical – so it’s just as well that the Cambridge Theatre Company is staging it once again in the lead-up to Christmas. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – the timeless collaboration between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – has been delighting audiences for decades, and this iteration by arrangement with theatre company The Really Useful Group Ltd is set to be no different. Expect crowd-pleasing tunes, vibrant visuals and an ever-satisfying ending to get you feeling good. Be sure to catch it from 21 to 24 December, at the Great Hall at The Leys. Tickets are available via the Cambridge Theatre Company website. camtheatrecompany.co.uk DON’T MISS! JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
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THE SNOW QUEEN AT CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION
Following an unprecedented year, Cambridge Junction is back to bring you its latest festive treat; Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen , as you’ve never seen it before. Action, adventure, live music and festive magic combine to make for a truly memorable outing, complete with a sprinkling of snow… Having produced the show in a brand-new format last year ( The Snow Queen became a digital movie in lieu of an in-person performance), the New International Encounter team are once again performing the tale – this time for a live audience. “Although we enjoyed trying out something different, we didn’t really have enough scope with the digital version,” says Alex Byrne, artistic director of the production. “With the live show, we can portray a lot more of where the story starts and where it ends. Anyone who saw the digital version may recognise some parts, but for sure, they should still come and see it live! It’s a different kind of magic.” The classic story is given a new lease of life in the stage production, and makes for an involving experience, packed with joy, live music and a sense of fun. “It’s a lovely family fairy tale,” Alex explains. “It’s full of fantastic storytelling, imagination and fantasy – with a really great, plucky heroine.” This expanded version of the original production has a sort of dreamy quality to it, allowing the audience to invent their own interpretations of the plot, thanks to its funny, touching, almost folky feel. It offers an alternative to the traditional brashness of panto, but still promises to be a blast. “There’s a real sense of excitement welcoming people back to the Junction,” Alex adds. “It’s great to see everyone coming out and supporting live performance at their local venues, so we can create something really imaginative together.” All in all, there’s never been a more inviting time to get out and about and enjoy a show, agrees Matt Burman, artistic director at Cambridge Junction. “We’re so happy to be able to share with you, at last, our fantastic new adaptation of The Snow Queen, ” he enthuses. “Last Christmas we made the best of a difficult time to co- produce a beautiful film. It introduced audiences to a magical world, imagined by our excellent friends at New International Encounter. This Christmas, we will complete that tale and bring it to life before your very eyes! The Snow Queen promises to be the perfect show to share with our friends and families... something really special and perfectly seasonal, full of adventurous children, reindeer, crows, bandits, magic, music, laughter and epic storytelling.” Book your tickets for The Snow Queen through the Cambridge Junction website. The show will be running from 8 December until 3 January, junction.co.uk 8 Dec - 3 Jan
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