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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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April

Mon
16 Apr -
16 Jul
10am - 11am

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Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia technique offers a hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is accessible to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Usually done barefoot and wearing loose, comfortable clothing, Nia offers a fun, friendly and creative pathway to improved health and general well being. For further information don’t hesitate to contact teacher Geri Timmins directly on 01453 844766.

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Tue
17 Apr -
17 Jul
10am - 11am

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Nia Dance

Drop In £7

The Nia technique offers a hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is accessible to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Usually done barefoot and wearing loose, comfortable clothing, Nia offers a fun, friendly and creative pathway to improved health and general well being. For further information don’t hesitate to contact teacher Geri Timmins directly on 01453 844766.

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Mon
23 Apr -
9 Jul
6:45pm - 8pm

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Deep Slow Flow Yoga

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Our Deep Slow Flow class is a gentle, nourishing practice which focuses on coordinating breath and movement and balancing effortful postures with opportunities to deeply relax and let go. Laurence Elliott from Yogasara is an experienced teacher who combines aspects of many different styles of yoga to help increase strength and mobility whilst learning to engage the breath in order to calm the mind and body. This class is ideal for beginners and perfect for those who want to continue exploring and understanding the basic principles of yoga. Mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

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Tue
24 Apr -
3 Jul
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Adult Ballet

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Acclaimed and inspiring dancer Marie-Louise Flexen invites you to join her at the barre to build your ballet technique and find some freedom and expression through creative movement. Marie-Lou’s beautifully choreographed steps and carefully devised course help to improve athleticism and grace through a series of techniques, exercises and routines. This class is perfect for both male and female intermediate dancers with some previous ballet or dance experience who want to further develop and explore their technical skills.

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Thu
26 Apr -
5 Jul
10:30am - 11:25am

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Classical Pilates

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Whether you want to improve your general fitness, manage an old injury or straighten up your posture, this focused class led by experienced Pilates practitioner Lizzie Quaile is a great way to fortify the whole body. Lizzie teaches a practice of contained and simple exercises which help to improve strength, flexibility and balance as well as developing consistent, correct postural movements which will challenge your core strength and sharpen your concentration. Please bring along a thick exercise mat to each session.

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Thu
26 Apr -
5 Jul
3:45pm - 4:30pm

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Creative Ballet

£62 • Friends £60

Learn the core foundations of ballet without the pressures and confinements of grades. Our brilliant inventive dance teacher Keziah Benbow adds a fresh and modern twist to the traditional disciplines of classical ballet and adds a bang-up-to-date soundtrack to inspire the most daring steps and routines. Kez teaches a range of explorative dance exercises which improve co-ordination, flexibility and musicality before moving on to embed their newly-honed skills into fantastically choreographed routines. This fun and energetic class provides the perfect stage for new dancers to learn how to express themselves through dance and is suitable for ages 6-10.

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Thu
26 Apr -
5 Jul
4:45pm - 5:30pm

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Kids Contemporary Dance

£62 • Friends £60

Super-talented dance teacher Keziah Benbow leads our awesome contemporary dance course. This expressive art form incorporates a variety of dance styles from a range of disciplines from world to folk to street and promises to improve strength and flexibility as well as developing a greater sense of freedom for the interpretation of emotion. Kez encourages choreographic inventiveness as she takes you through a number of versatile exercises which bring fluidity and freedom to movement. Why not book in tandem with our Kids Creative Ballet class for a whole afternoon of dancing, or book as a stand alone course if you’re after something a shade more improvised. Suitable for ages 6-10.

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Thu
26 Apr -
5 Jul
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Beginners Adult Ballet

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Back by popular demand, our brilliant, inspiring dance artist Keziah Benbow returns to the studio to help develop your strength, agility and understanding and application of ballet. This popular class is an absolute delight, focusing on routines, plenty of dance practice, exercise and heaps of fun into the bargain! If you’ve ever wondered what the combo of ballet and Beyoncé might be like, this is the perfect class for you! Beginners’ adult ballet is suitable for all and is sure to inspire a massive grin, a sense of fun and bring all sorts of fitness benefits for the summer. What’s not to love, eh? G’wan, you’ll totally love it!

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May

Tue
1 May -
26 Jun
7pm - 9pm

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Tuesday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, before moving on to try-out various surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project. For those needing a bit more inspiration Geg has many projects to get you started. The Potting Shed course takes place in Geg’s garden studio near Slimbridge. Full details of location provided upon booking. Ideal for total beginners and improvers alike.

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Thu
3 May -
28 Jun
7pm - 9pm

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Thursday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, before moving on to try-out various surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project. For those needing a bit more inspiration Geg has many projects to get you started. The Potting Shed course takes place in Geg’s garden studio near Slimbridge. Full details of location provided upon booking. Ideal for total beginners and improvers alike.

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June

Wed
6 Jun -
27 Jun
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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Wednesday Art Club

£32 • Friends £30

Join our endlessly inventive resident artist Hannah Dyson for this 4 week exploration into the wonderful world of drawing and making! These sessions are ideal for mini-Monets in the making who would benefit from a creative space which allows them to develop their artistic skills and their own creative “voice”. Explore a wide variety of mixed media techniques including drawing, printmaking and collage, you can even try your hand at making miniature books to fill with visual stories. This fun and friendly weekly class is the perfect place for creative youngsters with artistic promise to really flourish, with heaps of nifty tips and tricks from Hannah to help them out along the way.

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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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