UnShut Festival: Interview With The Curator, Charlotte Blackburn

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The first UnShut Festival begins this month at DINA bringing a wide variety of performance art to our venue over three days. This brand new and bold platform for artists sets out to make its mark on Sheffield’s creative calendar by showcasing work in a professional environment outside of mainstream theatres. One of UnShut’s curators, Charlotte Blackburn, decided to create an annual festival after producing a successful run of one-night events, Northern Art, at Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield City Centre. Charlotte said: “At the time there was nothing like it taking place in the city, and after doing ten of these shows in two years I decided a three day annual festival was the next step, something which would bring people together through a range of performances. “It is about…
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DINA Digest 01/05 – 07/05

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It's been slightly quieter at DINA this week, it could well be said we're having a bit of a breather for what lies ahead for the rest of the month, which is packed. We've updated our listings up until June (June's shaping up to be even busier and those listings will be up very soon, just as we've confirmed a few bits and bobs.), so you can have a look at the delights in store, everything from Sheffield Gin Festival, to Daft Chuffs Comedy Night, and UnShut Festival of performing arts. Speaking of performance, we've had an immersive one in our building this week as Sheffield University Theatre Company have been using the entire first floor for their "Breathing Corpses" show by promising dramatist Laura Wade, which completely sold out.…
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DINA Digest: What’s on this weekend 28/04: 30/04

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As April draws to its close the DINA team have been beavering away on more projects lined up for the year, and we have also this week launched a new competition for emerging contemporary artists, The Potential Prize. Promoting up and coming talent is something we feel very passionate about here, we are exceptionally excited to get this up and running and we look forward to a wide range of submissions, with the winner picking up a £250 bursary and exhibiting their work here later in 2017. As for this weekend, it's a musical offering on both Friday and Saturday, whilst Sunday sees an evening of performance return to the venue. Tomorrow night from 2000, Groundwork brings five Sheffield DJs down to our place to combine their styles with a…
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DINA launch The Potential Prize

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The team at DINA are delighted to launch a national competition for emerging contemporary artists. The Potential Prize has been created to follow the success of the Connect The Dots Festival last year which saw over 2000 visitors to DINA and O2 Academy. The competition offers a £250 bursary and the opportunity to exhibit alongside international artists at DINA this September. Our director Deborah Egan said: “We will be inviting applications from artists who explore the environment that lies between analogue and digital, using sound, visual arts or interdisciplinary practice. “The purpose of DINA is to offer a platform for new and emerging work, so we are welcoming submissions from artists with range of practices and artistic approaches that can bring together a showcase of new talent.” The closing date…
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DINA Digest: A look ahead to events this week (04/04)

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Once again it's time to showcase what we have here for this week, but first a thanks to all who came down for a great weekend. We debuted our Social Club night on Friday, an after-work relaxed get-together for creative types with beer, cheese toasties and pork pie. We'll be doing this again this week but with a slight twist on the proceedings, which I'll mention later. On Saturday we had Sheffield techno royalty in B12 in our place on what was a cracking night from start to finish. Moving on to this week and seeing as it is Tuesday then that means... yes, it's Creative Tuesdays night, with an evening of film from Arkade. Tonight's showing is on the theme of 'Cognition & Consciousness', with work from regional and…
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DINA Digest : The week ahead and what’s on! (28/03 – 02/04)

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So, another weekend goes by and with it a great few days down here at DINA. First up we had the Electronic Music Open Mic Night which went down a storm with a plethora of different acts performing, we had a blast! On to Saturday and Sheffield's ten-piece funk and soul band Bright Lights lit up the place with a great range of party tunes to a packed house, raising £580 for Sheffield's refugee charity ASSIST. Thanks to everyone who came down. On to this week, and we kicked off on Tuesday celebrating a first birthday. Sheffield Singer Songwriters Night began a year ago here and has proven very successful as part of our Creative Tuesdays series. On Wednesday we welcome Open Space to the venue, who have been hosting…
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DINA Digest: What’s happening this week (20/03)

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Well, what a weekend that was! We had an absolutely jam-packed schedule with so much going on, thanks to everyone involved for making it such a great one. The GYPSYmaneuvers Launch Party kicked us off on Friday bringing a new and exciting music night to the city, whilst on Saturday we had beer and bass brought down to the venue. The Cavendish Beer Festival wet whistles throughout the day, whilst BARANG! and their global sounds touched down again at night with the beats, completely selling out for another belting evening. Sunday saw the Storyteller's studio make its bow in the afternoon, whilst another event made its debut in the shape of Creative Lounge. This brought together a really wide range of performance, and was that much of a success it…
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This Weekend at DINA (Fri 17 to Sun 19 March)

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To say there's a fair bit cracking off down our place this weekend would be somewhat of an understatement, so here's a digest on what's happening from Friday through to Sunday evening at DINA. First up on Friday is the GYPSYmaneuvers Launch Party, a brand new night featuring an eclectic industrial experimental live music programme, featuring UKAEA, Dogfeet, Negative Midas Touch & Charly B from Chop Shop DJs. This is a pretty bold concept for an evening as not all the acts performing follow a specific genre, but all complement each other in some way. Have a look at their Facebook event page for a full description of the line-up. Set in our intimate Georgian Room, and just £7.20 to get in (the National Minimum Wage, so effectively one hour's…
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DINA Social Club is on its way!

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The DINA social club is after work drinks event to bring together the creative community in Sheffield and offer an alternative to Weatherspoon bottle throwing. This is an event to have a drink in a relaxed space for nice people to socialise, network and also participate in arts and crafty activities if they so wish. They’ll be a live DJ spinning a wide range of tunes to kick start the weekend vibes, a selection of craft ales, board games, and we’re also serving up classic cheese toasties from Mr Toasty. The event is early evening on Friday March 31 5-9pm, and is free to attend. So get yaself down!
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A look back on the first month of Creative Tuesdays… and a bit about the future!

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February heralded the start of Creative Tuesdays, a series of events at DINA showcasing new and established work from artists, comedians, poets, musicians, writers, film makers and dreamers, and what a month it has been. From the attendance and feedback it has gained, it looks like it is building into a real creative movement in the city. Arkade, Daft Chuffs, Wordlife and Sheffield Songwriters are all back for March,  and we are also seeing the start of the Creative Lounge on Sunday the 19th at 1600, a scratch event for theatre makers, dancers, performance artists and other performers to test out new works, so do check that out. Also on the horizon is the return of Club Wow Wow, which will be a showcase cabaret of acts that have appeared…
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