The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A member of the Surrey and Woking communities

About The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A community project bringing live music and other cultural events to Woking. The Phoenix Cultural Centre is a social enterprise, working towards creating a welcoming and inclusive space where people from all backgrounds can enjoy and participate in music events and which supports other community groups working in Woking.

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Schism Rockclub returns to Woking

Posted on behalf of Schism
We're delighted to see the return of Schism to Woking on Friday 6th July - we're very happy to be hosting them at the Fiery Bird.

"All good things come to those who wait, but our time spent waiting is finally over. The original Schism returns home to where it all began on a cold February night in 2002. Since launching, we’ve been all about the music and so to celebrate the theme is ROCK GODS, come dressed as your musical hero."

Find out more and post your music requests on the Schism event page on Facebook.
When
06 Jul 2018 at 10:00pm
until 06 Jul 2018 at 3:00am
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Summer busking?

We are once again managing the busking slots at Party In The Park on 7 July and Woking Food Festival 31 August - 2 September.

Acoustic slots only.

To register your interest please email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk with either 'Party In The Park' or 'Food Festival' (or both!) as the subject line.

If you haven’t played for us before please send links to your music, website, or an MP3/phone recording of your work.

A big thank you!

We just want to share our massive thanks to everyone who supported the opening of the Fiery Bird Live Music Venue!

Our opening night was just amazing, with four great bands and a fantastic crowd of all ages. And then we did it again on the Saturday with our free mini music festival for all ages, so people could come and see their new venue and enjoy some of the bands who have supported us over the years and got behind making it happen.

So many people said so many lovely things and are getting involved. We can’t thank you, the visitors, enough and our fantastic volunteers without whom we couldn’t have brought it from our first idea 8 years ago to this.

We have been given this building for two years by Woking Council to bring an alternative arts, live music and community venue for Woking. We can’t wait to get this venue through this next stage over two years to a permanent venue - we need your help and backing but we believe in people here and know they will own and grow their venue - for everyone.

The Watermelon Complex Play For Woking

Come to the Fiery Bird to catch some music on Friday 29th, 7.30-11pm!

The Watermelon Complex

Woking has a history of producing great bands and that continues with The Watermelon Complex. A blues, funk and rock band drawing influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa, these sons of Woking are gaining a reputation for putting on a great show wherever they go.

With interest and opportunities at a national level, they are playing one last local gig with their friends Brie and Indica Palm Radio supporting them.

Come and support your local bands in your local venue, it has been hard fought for - use it or lose it!

Brìe

A smelly French cheese that goes quite well on a wholegrain cracker and it's also a band! Post-punk cheese music.

Indica Palm Radio

Hailing from the sprawling metropolis of Wokingham, Indica Palm Radio deliver a blend of psychedelia and jazzy rock for fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Mild High Club.

£5 on the door or £3 before 8pm

Cash only (door and bar)

14+ with adult

18+

ID required

Venue has the right to refuse entry.
When
29 Jun 2018 at 7:30pm
until 29 Jun 2018 at 11:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

The Fiery Bird Open Day

This Saturday (26 May) we will be hosting a FREE open day for our new ‘Fiery Bird’ venue in Woking!

We will be open all afternoon from 2pm until 8pm where you’ll have a chance to look around the venue, grab a drink at the bar and find out what the Fiery Bird is all about

To make things EVEN better, there will be an array of fantastic live music running throughout the day from acts who have supported the Fiery Bird vision right from the start (where our plans of a live venue were but a dream!). Come and hear: Lisa Von H, Claudia Stark, Sour Kix, Anna Neale, Vic Cracknell, Celia Barrett, Louise Coles, Quiet Wish and Will Purdue.

We really hope to see you on 26th so we can tell you all about our exciting plans for the future!
When
26 May 2018 at 2:00pm
until 26 May 2018 at 8:00pm
Where
Quake Nightclub
Crown Square
Woking
GU21 6HR

Fiery Bird Grand Opening Night

The wait is over! Fiery Bird is launching this weekend, with a grand opening gig on Friday night as part of the BBC Music Biggest Weekend Fringe.

It's in the old Quake nightclub, in Crown Square, Woking, GU21 6HR.

Bands are on 8-11pm and it's £5 on the door. If you arrive before 7.45pm or if you've got your hands on a flyer, then it's a mere £3. Bargain!

We have a great line-up for you, with The Velveteen Orchestra, Biloxxi, The Subtracks and Neon Islands.
When
25 May 2018 at 8:00pm
until 25 May 2018 at 11:00pm
Where
Quake Nightclub
Crown Square
Woking
GU21 6HR

The Fiery Bird is opening!

We can't wait to show you the new venue, 'Fiery Bird', in Crown Square (the old Quake nightclub). We've been hard at work sprucing it up, but really what it needs is a bit of a housewarming!

So, come along!

We'll be kicking off with a gig on Friday 25th May - £5 entry or £3 with a flyer. We're delighted this gig is part of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend Fringe.

Then on Saturday 26th May, we're planning an open day with music from 2-8pm. Come and find out more, have a look around and get involved! Find out more about the project, becoming a member and more ...

For more regular updates, keep an eye on our Facebook page and look out for flyers appearing in town over the next couple of weeks.

We've signed the lease!

We are so pleased to be able to tell you that we have signed a lease to take over Quake nightclub in central Woking! At last!

The situation is that we have the lease on this building for two years. We have to treat it as a pilot project, to highlight the need for a permanent live music, cultural and community venue in the centre of Woking, run by and for everyone here. The short lease cuts out some of the national grant opportunities we had lined up, but with the support of the community using it, suggesting and attending events we can make it work. We are a registered community interest company that puts any profit back into supporting the community, and we hope to create something to last for many generations ahead.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already sent good wishes. Lots of people are asking how they can help, which is great!

In the immediate future we are working on cleaning the building up. There’s a lot to be done. If anyone can help that would be great, and if anyone knows of people with specific skills such as electrics, plumbing, building, cleaning carpets etc., we would love to get everything ship-shape before installing new equipment and opening for our first event.

Please either message us via our Facebook page or email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk.

Vision Board Workshop For Women

Pictures paint a thousand words and vision boards are a creative tool to awaken your intuitive mind and unlock the power of your imagination; using your creativity you can focus on the things you want to work towards that sometimes words can’t say.

The use of visualisation is common in many environments, eg sports and music psychology, and vision boards create an opportunity for you to be part of taking back your life and making things happen for yourself.

In a welcoming, supportive, environment you can explore where you want to put your focus to start to unfold a future that reflects what really matters to you.

All materials & refreshments provided, though bring a snack if you need to.

This half-day workshop is £50. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance as there is a small amount of pre-work to do.

Email: ladywordsmith14@yahoo.co.uk to book.
When
17 Feb 2018 at 12:00pm
until 17 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

A hive of activity!

There is so much going on at our little Goldsworth Road shop that it's hard to keep up! Some of the participants in our guitar workshops are pictured here and we'll soon be introducing vocal workshops too. We kicked off the year with a great Sunday acoustic session, and there's another one coming soon in February. Plus the open mic nights are back! More details on all of these below.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Will Budd and Vanessa Lake who ran a music night featuring Lisa Von H, with support from Rebecca Jayne and Arun Kanag and they donated £277.08 to the Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC from the proceeds. A massive thank you to them for such a kind gesture and a great night of music too!

A big thank you too to Get Surrey, for featuring us as one of the projects that makes Woking what it is. You can find that article on their website. Our founders have been busy as part of the Community Business Leaders Programme across the UK, and sharing their expertise with the School of Social Entrepreneurs.

We will be shutting down the Goldsworth Road premises in March. We'll let you know about a final farewell event as soon as we know. We still await the lease on the Quake nightclub which we were offered and have been negotiating since March 2016.

In the meantime, there is lots going on. Do come along and get in touch if you want more information on anything we're up to (phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk).

  • Saturday 27 January - Traditional Illumination Workshop run by Nagihan Seymour-Art

  • Yoga on Tuesdays (pregnancy) and Saturdays (kundalini)

  • The Monday Beginners Guitar Workshops are going really well! We are planning to start another group, plus an intermediate one. Get in touch to find out more.

  • Open mic every Thursday 8-11pm, including our famous jam session at the end. £3 on the door. BYOB.

  • Saturday 10 February - Beginners vocal workshop (more details below)

  • Saturday 17 February 12-4pm - Vision Board Workshop For Women (more details below)
  • Sunday 18 February 1.30-5pm - Sunday Acoustic feat Pepper & Shepherd, Lisa VonH, Anna Neale (more details below)
  • Sunday 25 February - Family acoustic session where all ages can take part. There will be sessions led by Lisa Von H, a musician and music therapist specialising in work with children with special educational needs (SEN).
  • Saturday 10 March - Vocal Workshop for Women

  • Sunday 11 March - No Petticoats Here, workshop & performance by Louise Jordan of stories of women of courage from WW1 (more details below)