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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.

Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.

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June

26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Andy Rose

Free entry

Wiltshire-based photographer Andy Rose has been truly bitten by the travel bug! In his exhibition with us this summer, Andy offers us glimpses of his travels across Europe, India and the Arctic. His journey throughout life has been as varied as the locations he visits each year.

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26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Owen Davey

Free entry

Owen Davey is an award-winning illustrator who lives and works in Leicester. Inspired by mid-century design, he uses a palette of warm, muted colours to create illustration and environments that are simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic. He has worked with clients from across the globe and is behind the Flying Eye best-sellers Mad About Monkeys and Smart About Sharks.

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26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Vanessa Conyers

Free entry

Dorset-based ceramic artist Vanessa Conyers is renowned for her luxurious ceramics that deftly blend constructed earthenware clay with graphic textile prints, traditional enamel decals and shimmering metallic lustre. She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2004 and now exhibits in galleries across the UK and farther afield.

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Fri 29
7:30pm

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Whiskey Shivers

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Here we have a diverse group of masterfully talented musicians stand head-and-shoulders above so many within the traditional bluegrass world. Their genre-defying sound has been described as “apocalyptic Americana” and “frenetic bluegrass with a punk spirit”. Don’t miss them raising the roof at Prema in the first of two astonishing world music gigs this summer weekend. Book early, don’t dally!

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30 Jun -
1 Jul
10am - 4pm

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Stone Carving from Scratch

£98/£95(c) • Friends £96/£93(c)

Summer’s here and we’re going out into the garden for a weekend of working al fresco, discovering the joy of working with stone. Sculptor Sebastian Rasch leads our two day workshop which introduces you to a variety of tools and techniques to transform a piece of stone into a thing of rare beauty!

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Sat 30
7:30pm

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Kabantu

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Manchester-based Kabantu unravel new hybrids of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet. Uniting indigenous musical strains from several diverse worldwide traditions, the quintet concocts its own charismatic arrangements to create an exhilarating sound brimming with enthralling improvisation, scorching rhythms and beautiful melody.

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July

Fri 6
7:30pm

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Coco & the Butterfields

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

A really, really welcome return from the truly fizzing CoCo & the Butterfields - an English indie-pop band from Canterbury. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Dulcima Showan, guitarist and vocalist Tom Twyman, keyboards from Jamie Smith, guitarist Rob Wicks and bass player Patrick Channon. Don’t miss them – they’re awesome!

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Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Willow Sculpted Animals

£76 • Friends £74

With winter behind us, we’re limbering up for summer in the garden with willow weaving wizard Helen Lomberg. Today’s workshop presents the perfect opportunity for families with green fingers who are looking for a fun and imaginative project to get stuck into. With Helen’s trusted expertise and friendly guidance, you will design and weave your own willow sculpted animal, perfect for any garden or patio. Suitable for children aged nine plus. Price covers two adults + 2 kids (or equivalent)

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Sat 14
12pm - 3pm

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Touched Theatre in Little Monsters

Free entry

Beccy Smith and Darren East the writer and puppeteer from Touched Theatre (who many of you will remember from last season’s captivating Twinkle Twinkle show) are looking for some help from you (and your own little monsters) as they start work on their brand new show. Beccy and Darren will be sharing their stories and collecting stories from you about just what scares you and what can make you feel brave. Today’s free drop-in storytelling and play session is perfect for small people aged 2 - 5 and their families.

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Fri 20
7:30pm

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People's String Foundation in Res Publica

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

The People's String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds hailing from the grass roots of British music culture; Mixing world, Classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment. This Cornish band is fronted by the virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Director Of Music for Rogue Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and the Minack Theatre) with co-founder and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi at the core. This summer Ben and Zaid are packing their 32 piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the “Virtual Orchestra” on tour as a live duo, with their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafters' hearts.

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