Get set for autumn as libraries across Cambridgeshire showcase their new season of arts activities

November also brings ‘Ingo’s War’ - a family puppet show about a dog called Ingo, who gets separated

November also brings ‘Ingo’s War’ - a family puppet show about a dog called Ingo, who gets separated from his owner during WW2 Evacuation. - Credit: Archant

Libraries across Cambridgeshire are looking forward to a new season of arts activities including music, puppetry, comedy and theatre.

‘The Library Presents’ autumn season starts on September 15 and will continue taking arts activities into the heart of towns until December 15.

Funded by Arts Council England, and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, the programme includes performances of dance, music, puppetry, comedy and theatre as well as workshops in music, art, writing and performance skills.

Families can enjoy ‘Apple’n’Spice’, which combines well-loved stories of Snow White and Ramayana in a dance show that mixes Indian dance with western dance styles and encourages the audience to join in.

There will be the chance to have a laugh with famous author and comedian James Campbell at Comedy 4 Kids and chilling ghost stories aims to get people in the mood for autumn.


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‘Lady Chillers’ is a dramatic telling of deliciously creepy Victorian ghost stories, written by women authors; ‘Ghost of the Fens’ is a collection of hair-raising stories to make you jump, told by previous Bard of Cambridge and Skald and Suffolk, Marion Leeper.

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War there will be programmed ‘No Petticoats Here’, which was a hit last year in March Library and tells the inspirational real-life stories of women during WW1 through song.

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November also brings ‘Ingo’s War’ - a family puppet show about a dog called Ingo, who gets separated from his owner during WW2 Evacuation.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s vice chair of the highways and community infrastructure committee, councillor Bill Hunt, said: “I’m very much looking forward to the new ‘The Library Presents’ programme.

“There are so many different arts activities on offer this autumn including theatre and music performances, puppetry and comedy for families and workshops that appeal to young people as well as adults.”

Nineteen libraries are involved this season.

They are : Arbury Court, Barnwell Road, Cambourne, Cambridge Central, Chatteris, Cherry Hinton, Ely, Histon, Huntingdon, Littleport, March, Ramsey, Sawtry, Soham, St Ives, St Neots, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Yaxley.

Simon Wellington, senior relationship manager of Arts Council England, said: “The Library Presents is a really exciting project that offers more people, in more places across Cambridgeshire the opportunity to enjoy and participate in really high-quality and varied arts activities.”

The full programme is available now and tickets can be booked online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in participating libraries.

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