The Phoenix Cultural Centre

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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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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)

Thursday night is Open Mic Night!

They're back! The Phoenix Centre Open Mic Nights. Every Thursday night, from the 4th January to the 29th March.

Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks.

£3 on the door to cover costs.

More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk
When
25 Jan 2018 at 8:00pm
until 25 Jan 2018 at 11:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

New: Finding Your Voice Vocal Workshop

We are continuing our series of affordable workshops and events brought to you by experienced musicians, to help those who otherwise would be unable to access music and learning.

Next up is an open vocal beginners workshop, led by an experienced vocalist, who will introduce tips and insights to find your own voice, strengthen and keep it healthy, and get over some of the limits that we experience that stop us from truly being able to express our authentic voice.

This workshop is not only aimed at people who want to sing but anyone who feels that they would benefit from having an opportunity in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment to be able to be confident to speak, or sing and express themselves in the way they wish to.

This is 18+
£5
To book please email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk
When
10 Feb 2018 at 2:00pm
until 10 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

'No Petticoats Here' workshop & performance

We have a day dedicated to the stories of First World War women through song delivered by award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan.

Louise tells the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front, to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.

Starting with a 90-minute workshop at 2pm where Louise will talk about the stories that inspired her writing and teach some of the songs for performance. After a short break she will give a performance at 4pm.

Both can be booked separately at £10 each or £15 to be part of both workshop and performance. Spaces on the workshop are limited and due to high demand in other places we recommend pre-booking/payment so as not to miss out.

Please email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk for details of how to secure a place.

Louise has had phenomenal reviews for this project and great audience feedback elsewhere. For more information on Louise's work, see www.louisejordan.co.uk and www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk
When
11 Mar 2018 at 1:45pm
until 11 Mar 2018 at 6:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

February's Sunday Afternoon Acoustic

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon listening to great music from three different acts in a wonderful, intimate venue.

A fantastic trio of feature acts will be bringing one of our last music days to the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Goldsworth Road.

All so popular both in our venue and at Phoenix Rising that we had to have them back. As always, the best in emerging original live music being brought to Woking - Pepper & Shepherd - this London duo have delighted us here in Woking since we tracked them down in Camden and dragged them here and a fine time they have given us since. Their new album, As The Willow Stands Near the Water, is sublime.

Joining them will be Woking favourites Lisa Von H, playing her beautiful, heartfelt enigmatic songs, and Anna Neale celebrating the release of her new single from her latest album Evolution featuring many collaborations with world artists.

Both of these musicians are Woking residents and we are very proud of them. They have been involved with the live music project since its move to its Goldsworth Road base in 2013, playing gigs there, in the streets for the community, at charity events to support other charities we help and many more things besides.

As always, we don’t have headliners or support acts just equally compelling music from musicians with diverse styles.

You are promised a fantastic day of music in a welcoming, friendly, intimate, Iive music venue.

£6 on the door, and BYOB!
When
18 Feb 2018 at 1:30pm
until 18 Feb 2018 at 5:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT