Harrow Arts Centre (HAC) which was until recently a private concern is now managed by Harrow Council and operating as a vibrant venue with the aim of bringing culture and entertainment to all communities living in the area.
Running the HAC are people of vision who wish to advance cross cultural understanding by expanding experiences through a variety of attractive cultural programmes representing a variety of genres.
As the local and nearby Jewish communities represent a sizable proportion of the general population in the area, the HAC sought to find a partner working with a similar vision enthusiasm, commitment and ethos to their own.
The Spiro Ark, clearly fully met their requirements and all at the Spiro Ark are delighted to have a centre in North West London to serve the many Jews living in that area with regular exciting programmes which they are known to offer.
The HAC therefore is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with the visionary and pioneering London-based charitable educational and cultural organization, the Spiro Ark together with HAC will create a home for Jewish culture in the area. Many of the offered programmes will be offered to families with kids.
"By combining the resources and ideas of both organizations, we shall endeavour to enrich the audiences and advance cross-cultural understanding.
We will work together to encourage all ages and all cultures to experience assorted Jewish and Jewish-related events. The programmes will be of a compelling nature designed to promote affordable events of quality at least once a month."
Our first result of this co-presentation will take place on Saturday 31 January, is in the historic Elliott Hall, well-known for its excellent acoustics. Stewart Curtis' K-Groove Klezmer Ensemble will be 'rocking the rafters' with a fantastic range of Jazz fusion numbers guaranteed to warm the winter blues away.
The next event will be aiming at whole families, with the classic Iraqi Jewish tale of "Tamboury's New Shoes" on Sunday 22 February at 2pm and will be performed, as a shadow puppet show by the Pomegranate Puppet Theatre. The story is based on a classic Jewish Iraqi tale about a boy from the ancient city of Babylon teased over his old worn out shoes with which the Spiro Ark works closely. This will take place in the intimate beautiful Travellers Studio at the Harrow Arts Centre. (Suitable for ages 5-10).
Our third collaborative event for this season is on Sunday 15 March when "The Glory of Gershwin" is relived through an entrancing evening presented by Rodney Greenberg, Emmy Award-winning producer and director of over 300 television music programmes including The Last Night of the Proms. Details of all the events can be found on Spiro Ark's new website www.spiroark.org and on Harrow Arts Centre's website: www.harrowarts.com. Book now to ensure your place in this inspiring line-up of programmes. Future events are already in place. Please enquire and put your name on the Spiro Ark mailing list specifically for the Harrow programmes.
Nitza Spiro Neena Sohal
Director of Spiro Ark Programme Director, Harrow Arts Centre
P.S. Attached are the leaflets for the 3 events mentioned above