What’s On

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If you have an event which will take place in Penzance during Golowan 2019 get in touch with details and we will publicise it here and in the Golowan Festival programme brochure. 

2019 Programme Listings

Friday 21 June

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

A solo show of work by Simon Faithfull, will be centred around Reef Part 2 which revisits the decommissioned fishing boat that he sunk off the Dorset coast in 2014 to create a new artificial reef. The exhibition features other film and photographic work by Faithfull that explores where land meets sea and man’s place in it.  Continues until 11 October 2019

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

An exhibition looking at Sir Alfred Munnings’ connection to Cornwall, focussing on his early career with particular emphasis on the paintings he produced whilst based in Lamorna.  Continues until 7 September 2019.

7.30pm – Penlee Park Theatre – Ezmay Grace Live in Concert – Tickets Pre-sale £10, on the door £12

Ezmay Grace is a contemporary folk musician and artist from Cornwall. You may have heard her playing on BBC Radio Cornwall or have seen her live on BBC Introducing stages at festivals across the South West. Her style ranges from etherial folk to sultry blues with some classic country and contemporary acoustic in between. 

Saturday 22 June

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

A group exhibition curated by Simon Faithful. Taking its title from Max Ernst’s surrealist painting Europe After The Rain the exhibition explores a haunting landscape where things seemed to have evolved, or possibly devolved, into a new strange state.  Artists will include Anne Hardy, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Karin Bos, Nick Laessing, Rebecca Partridge, Peggy Atherton, Larry Achiampong, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Melanie Manchot, and Tim Knowles.  Continues until 18 October 2019

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

A new body of work, exploring a relationship between water, sight and the nature of images.  Continues until 17 August 2019

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Continues until 12 October 2019

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

10am – 3pm – Morrab Gardens – Morrab Library Summer Fair

Books, photographs and craft works for sale, along with a selection of tasty refreshments.

2.30 – 3.30pm – Penlee House – Saturday Family Fun – A free drop in session for families

A free family art and craft activity at Penlee House – be inspired by our current exhibition and make something splendid to take away with you!

4pm & 6pm – Penlee Park Theatre – Flying Tales Children’s Theatre Workshop – One Child £5, Two Children £7, Three children £10, Accompanying Adults FREE.
Flying Tales Drama workshops for youngsters. 

The workshops are designed to encourage stories from play. We may use a Cornish lore, a new-fangled idea or your hidden wild haired family legend as a starting point. We will head off, twiddle with words, keeping pace with fable and stroll them into tales about stuff. There will be movement, possibly mime, maybe a mask and plenty of time.

Parents welcome to watch and grab a drink or ice cream from the bar!

Sunday 23 June

7.30pm – Penlee Park Theatre – St Stythians Band – Adults £6, Concs £5, Child £4, Family £16

St Stythians Band was formed in 1928.  It soon achieved contest standard and regularly takes part in contests around the country.  Expect to hear some well-known band classics and perhaps, a surprise or two from this award-winning group of musicians!

Monday 24  June

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

10 – 11.30am – Penlee House – Baby and Parent Session – Free drop in session

A free drop-in session for babies and their carers. Experience the amazing artworks whilst you and your baby play and explore together.

7.30pm – The Acorn, Penzance – Watery Adventures in Film – Free entry, with donations welcome

Come on a watery adventure of contemporary films, documentaries, brand-new animations, 1920s archive films accompanied by live music, and artist moving image work from the LUX. An eclectic film screening, part of Jubilee Pool Stories’ celebration of Penzance’s beautiful art deco Lido.

Tuesday 25 June

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details 

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details

1pm – Morrab Library – Cornish Film Makers present Short Films About Cornwall – £4 by donation on the door, price includes refreshments – seating for 40

Wednesday 26 June

9 – 6pm (closes 4pm on Sun 30 June) – Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance – objects of vertu – Penwith College’s Annual Exhibition of Art – Free entry

An exhibition celebrating the diverse creative talent found amongst the students from Penwith College and Penzance School of Art, young and old. All creative media will be represented from watercolour to sculpture, ceramics to graphic design and photography to upcycled art.  The name “objects of vertu” means “a knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art”. Within this exhibition you can see samples of work from all of the creative disciplines from A level, Vocational courses, university level courses and part time courses all under one roof.

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details 

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

8pm – The Acorn, Penzance – Golowan Folk Concert – Tickets £12, members £10 available from the Acorn & www.crbo.co.uk

Rising stars of the national folk scene, the exceptionally talented trio Granny’s Attic, with traditional songs and contemporary tunes. Granny’s Attic will be ably supported by local girl group, the amazing Foxes Fair, with beautiful harmony songs and melodies telling tales of nature, love, death and the joys of drinking!

Thursday 27 June

9 – 6pm– Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance – objects of vertu – Penwith College’s Annual Exhibition of Art – Free entry

See 26 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

7.30pm – The Acorn – Chris Difford – Tickets £15 from www.crbo.co.uk or the Acorn box office, £17 on the door

Chris Difford is a Grammy-nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years. 

Friday 28 June

9 – 6pm– Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance – objects of vertu – Penwith College’s Annual Exhibition of Art – Free entry

See 26 June entry for details

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details 

7.30pm – Penlee Park Theatre – Lucinda Hawksley – Elizabeth Revealed – Adults £15, Concs £12, Child £6, Family £38

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Her reign has been an extraordinary era, shaped by inventions and social changes that would have been unthinkable in the 1950s.  Join author and historian Lucinda Hawksley as she discusses her new book Elizabeth Revealed.

8pm – Acorn Theatre – Kakasitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana & Mbilou Bwiti Nganga from Gabon – Tickets £11 in advance from Acorn box office or  www.crbo.co.uk  £13 door, children £8

Kakatsitsi are known for their funky, groovy and trancey style of drumming, designed to move western dance floors and built around the style of lead drummer Samuel ‘Injoly’ Addo. Their singing, led by Adotey Johnson also sets them aside from many other African drumming groups.

9pm – The Lugger – The Prom – Marvellous Mazey Madness

‘The Suspects’ live funk band                                    

10.45pm – 11.10pm Fireworks – Penzance Harbour from Albert Pier Free – donations to Golowan welcome 

Saturday 29 June – Mazey Day!

Mazey Day Parades – each one is different! 
  • 10am Golowan Civic Procession – From St John’s Hall and heading to the Market House where the Mayor and Mock Mayor address the crowds (route for this procession to be confirmed)
  • 11am Crowst Parade – From St John’s Hall to the bottom of Market Jew Street and back
  • 1pm Dinner Parade – From St John’s Hall to the bottom of Market Jew Street and back
  • 3pm Crib Parade – From St John’s Hall to the bottom of Market Jew Street and back
  • 4.45pm Men and Maids – Dance the Serpent Dance through the streets of Penzance with the Golowan Band starting from St John’s Hall and ending …….. let’s see where!
9 – 6pm– Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance – objects of vertu – Penwith College’s Annual Exhibition of Art – Free entry

See 26 June entry for details.

10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30 pm) – Penlee House – Munnings in Cornwall Exhibition – Tickets available on the door at Penlee House, £5.00 Adults; £4.00 Concessions; Children Free

See 21 June entry for details.

10am – 5pm – Newlyn Art Gallery – Europe After the Rain, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Exchange, Penzance – Fathom, Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

Se 21 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery – Nina Royle Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

10am – 5pm – The Studio at Newlyn Art Gallery – Elizabeth Loveday & Ali Corder Exhibition – Entry £3.30 (incl. Gift Aid donation) for a seven-day pass to both Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery – Free entry for supporters, under 18s and Local Art Pass Holders

See 22 June entry for details

12 noon – 12 midnight – The Lugger – The Prom – Marvellous Mazey Madness

‘Sir Vinyl’ DJ mash up

Sunday 30 June – Quay Fair Day

9 – 4pm – Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, Penzance – objects of vertu – Penwith College’s Annual Exhibition of Art – Free entry

See 26 June entry for details

12 noon until late – The Lugger – The Prom – Marvellous Mazey Madness

Carly & The Alternatives, Broken Down and Steve Young DJ ASY Entertainments

Wherrytown Skatepark – Golowan Youth Space – Free – Details TBC