Wowsers - Can you believe it's been a month since Branchage Festival? Hasn't the time flown by?
We just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the amazing people who volunteered, contributed, attended, grafted, filmed, photographed, projected, donated, laughed, reported, tweeted, sang, cooked, ate and performed - YOU were the magic ingredient in the return of Branchage Festival 2014 and you really did Make Your Own Island.
THANK YOU as they say in English,
MERCI as they say in French
and MÈRCIE BEIN DES FAIS as they say in Jèrriais.
For those of you who missed the Grand Finale on St Aubin's Fort accompanied by a brand new composition from Radiophonic Workshop, fear not, as you can view that online here.
To round it off above is a wonderful film of the whole weekend with music by performers of the festival Stealing Sheep.
Photographs can be seen on the Branchage FlickR site here and we're told more will be added very soon.
We are super proud to announce that legendary RICHARD NORRIS aka The Grid, one half of Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve (with Erol Alkan) and also The Time and Space Machine will be our special guest DJ at the Heavenly Recordings party on Friday 26 September. Richard willalso be joined by Heavenly artists Stealing Sheep and H Hawkline perfroming live at Havana. Tickets are priced at £12 and can be bought here...
Richard has a new remix album out and you will well remember that The Grid's 'Swamp Thing' was a massive hit in 1993.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR BRANCHAGE MAKE YOUR OWN ISLAND WRITING CONTEST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STRUCTO MAGAZINE
Earlier this year we announced a scheme we hoped will be of real interest to the many writers and poets in Jersey. Branchage teamed up with Structo magazine (UK Based literary magazine) for some literary excitement during the festival and asked the good folk of Structo to curate a section within the festival programme, so that we can demonstrate the range of literary talent Jersey has to offer.
The theme of the competition was, like the festival itself, ‘make your own island’, and writers were asked to take this as literally or as figuratively as they liked by submitting tales of islands, poems about an unseen side of Jersey, or something completely different.
The written pieces were selected and we can now reveal that the following writers will be included in the poetry pamphlet and will be taking part in the Spoken Word Brunch with Structo at the Spiegeltent on Saturday 27th September at 10am
INCLUDED WRITERS... The Final Cut by Paul Bisson, Overlooked by Nicky Mesch, Wish You Were… by Juliette Hart and Scene One, Take One by Linda Rose Parkes
This pamphlet was kindly supported by the Jersey Arts Trust
BRANCHAGE SHOP WINDOWS NOW ON DISPLAY FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
In the run up to this year’s Branchage Festival, 44 local artists have created fresh, innovative and truly amazing installations in shop windows dotted around the island.
In true keeping with the Make Your Own Island theme, Branchage Shop Windows brings together local artists and makers of the island with local independent businesses in St Helier, Gorey and St Aubin’s Village to create unique Branchage Festival displays.
All of the window displays are relating to individual events such as this fantastic display (seen to your right) in one of the windows at Romerils by Kerry-Jane Warner featuring work inspired by the film screening of La Planete Sauvage taking place at St Aubin’s Methodist Church on Sunday 28th September with a live score performed by Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep plus sound effects by none other than Dr Dick Mills from Radiophonic Workshop. Tickets for that particular event can be found here…
More information about the Branchage Shop Windows project can be found here…
This project was kindly supported by the Jersey Arts Trust
PASSHOLDER RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN + INDIVIDUAL BRANCHAGE TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER
It’s the moment passholders have all been waiting for! Ticket reservations are now open to Gold Leaf passholders, and open for Regular passholders from Thursday 21st August. Of course, the best way to guarantee a ticket to the events of your choice (from a choice of 70+ events, we hasten to add) is to buy a pass and reserve a seat now, but for those of you holding out for individual tickets, those that haven’t been reserved by passholders will go on general sale from Wednesday 3rd September.
In addition, tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd August to our three rather exciting parties – namely...
La Bordee d’Branchage presents… The Codfish Ball at the Spiegeltent on Saturday 27th September...
Heavenly Recordings Party with Stealing Sheep, H Hawkline, Heavenly Jukebox DJs + special guest (TBC) at the Havana nightclub on Friday 26th September...
and the CI Wrestling Show + Afterparty featuring The Valentines, Rat Salad and Mixhell.
Complete Festival timetable can be viewed here...
SIR PETER BLAKE TO JOIN OPENING NIGHT GALA AUDIENCE FOR A VERY SPECIAL Q&A
We’re delighted to announce that following the opening night gala screening of HOW WE USED TO LIVE and live score performance by Saint Etienne on Wednesday 24th September, the Jersey Opera House audience will be joined for a very special Q&A by not only the film’s writers Travis Elborough and Bob Stanley, but iconic British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. The acclaimed film is a paean to a gradually disappearing London, and with this year’s festival programme aiming to explore the ways in which communities are formed, bonded and sometimes broken, what better way to begin the festival than with a moving love letter to a London whose idiosyncratic, eccentric and characterful local communities are increasingly hard to find?
HOW WE USED TO LIVE makes use of colour footage taken from the BFI National Archive, shot from the 1950s to the 1980s, and Si Peter, most famous perhaps for creating the famous collage of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, is a man whose stories will paint as much a picture of the time period as the film itself. The opening night gala event precedes the public launch of Sir Peter Blake’s brand new exhibition, opening at CCA Galleries in Hill Street, St Helier, in partnership with Branchage, on Thursday 25th September.
AHOY THERE - A CALL TO ALL SAILORS, CAPTAINS & COMMODORES!
Branchage invites you to join our celebration on Sunday 28th September. As the sun sets on our festivities there will be dramatic finale on St Aubin’s Fort accompanied by a live soundtrack from the acclaimed BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
We would like you to invite you to rise to the occasion by decorating your boats and yourselves if you so wish. You may choose to show off your efforts as you sail out to the fort for a front row seat or raise a toast on deck in St Aubins harbour. There will be a prize for the best dressed vessel. All welcome to join in from the grandest to the most humble and all effort will be applauded
We will be judging all boats in St Aubin’s harbour on the night of the 28th but if you are not in the harbour do not worry you can still enter by sending us a photo of your decorated boat and tagging us on Facebook at BranchageFestivalJersey or Twitter @branchage . The entries will be judged by a crack team of the Branchage crew & the winner will be notified in early October.
EAT YOUR OWN ISLAND
Branchage Festival will be bringing all the jewels of the island’s culinary landscape to your plate in a unique pop-up restaurant. Running throughout the festival at Lucas Bros Farm Shop in St Aubin, eating on the working farm itself, diners will be able to enjoy much of the farm’s produce in situ, all the while celebrating unique local dishes sourced from nearby farmers, growers, foragers and fishermen, supported and aided by Genuine Jersey.
The restaurant will be open from Wednesday 24th until Sunday 28th September, the menu designed, and kitchen managed by Jersey’s very own Cordon Bleu trained chef India Hamilton, alongside Oliver Rowe, “The Urban Chef”. Oliver has worked right across Europe and spent four years at the award-winning Moro in Clerkenwell, before going on to open his own café, Konstam, in King’s Cross, which was documented by the BBC Two series ‘The Urban Chef’. Konstam offered outstanding seasonal food, made using ultra-locally sourced produce, 80% of which was grown or reared in and around Greater London. His unparalleled passion for foraging and serving up great food using produce sourced within a finite area makes him the perfect contributor to this unique festival foodie venture.
In addition, Jersey’s foraging expert and supplier Kazz Padidar will be working closely to provide for the menu. The restaurant will also have it’s very own cheese expert on hand, in the form of Tom Badcock, a regular keynote speaker at industry cheese events, and supplier of top London restaurants and outlets including Harrods Food Hall.
There'll also be a series of food events taking place throughout the festival so please keep checking the Food & Drink programme here...
ST AUBIN’S FORT GETS ILLUMINATED
Branchage Festival 2014 will be going out with a serious bang this year. On Sunday 28th September we will be illuminating St Aubin’s Fort using the very latest in 3D Projection Mapping technology to create a magnificent, moving visual experience by designers Novak, all to the soundscape of a specially commissioned, exclusive score to be performed live by the iconic Radiophonic Workshop on the roof terrace of the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club.
In addition, the festival is inviting the island’s boat owners to dress up their vessels and soak up the spectacle from Jersey’s waters (more on this next week!), while offering exclusive post event dinner opportunities alongside guests of honour, members of Radiophonic Workshop themselves.
For those who wish to guarantee a spot close to action, and to enjoy the finale from the comfort of the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club in St Aubin we will be holding a reception for 60 people. Kicking off at 7pm and running through until 10pm this is a chance to enjoy drinks, canapés and platters all the while utilizing this perfectly situated venue to make this most of this once in a lifetime event.
We are also offering a limited number of exclusive VIP dinner tickets for the night. Held at the Somerville Hotel you will be joined by guests of honour, band members from Radiophonic Workshop following their show. The performance itself will be piped through speakers at the venue, and there will be two unique outdoor viewing points, complete with bars. The music for the remainder of the evening will come in the form of a live string quartet playing the Radiophonic Workshop’s classics, and the incredibly talented James Lingard will be delivering a number of live piano performances. There are just 80 spaces available, in tables of 10 people. Dinner will be served post-event, at 8.45pm and will conclude with a raffle for the charity Holidays for Heroes.
Tickets for both of these exclusive events can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
This extravaganza is kindly being sponsored by QED Productions.
This year Branchage Festival invites you to a series of spoken word events. Within this programme we are appealing to local authors and poets to take part in an exciting writing competition. We’re inviting you to write a short story of up to 1500 words, or a poem (or 3) on the theme of ‘Make Your Own Island’. As a writer you’re free to take this as literally or as figuratively as you like. More info on that here..
We also have so many more fantastic spoken word events to tell you about including our Spoken Word Brunch with Art Brut frontman, Eddie Argos, hosted by literary magazine Structo, a very special event curated by online magazine Caught By The River on the theme of islands. We'll be celebrating the centenary of the birth of much loved Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, we'll be showing off any musical knowledge we have by getting involved in Bob Stanley's (Saint Etienne) Pop Quiz and we'll also be having a discussion on Marxism at The Trafalgar Pub where Marx and Engels both stayed once upon a time.
We've not forgotten about the kids either… we have storytelling from performance poet Luke Wright, Jersey's very own Storybeast, Tom Huddleston and Jay Foreman plus the one, the only… GRUFFALO will be joining us in the woody grove of Coronation Park.
BRANCHAGE & BLUE ISLANDS VIP COMPETITION UP FOR GRABS!!
How about starting off your Branchage visit with a glass of champagne and a direct flight to Jersey from a choice of UK and European airports? Here's a chance to win flights and a pair of festival passes with our preferred airline partner Blue Islands! Just enter their competition here before the 15th August and you could be travelling to Jersey for Branchage in style.
The VIP trip to the festival includes return flights to Jersey from any of Blue Islands' departure points, two Festival Passes and dinner for two at the Branchage Restaurant. Blue Islands flies direct to Jersey from London City, Bristol and Southampton, as well as from Paris, Geneva and Amsterdam. There are no baggage charges, no booking charges and ticket changes are free. The airline also serves a complimentary breakfast and champagne bar service in the evenings, and you'll also be able to enjoy free Blue Islands lounge access in Jersey. After all, the journey's all part of the experience.
BRANCHAGE PARTY TIME
Branchage has long been famous for it’s parties and we’re delighted to be kicking off with the HEAVENLY RECORDINGS PARTY on Friday 26th at Havana nightclub in St Helier. The legendary label which has been running for over two decades have discovered acts such as Saint Etienne, Beth Orton and the Manic Street Preachers. Acts confirmed to perform so far are Liverpudlian female trio STEALING SHEEP and Welsh folk starlet H HAWKLINE with DJ sets from festival favourite HEAVENLY JUKEBOX plus special guests TBC and Guernsey’s finest Andre de Carteret, hosting a funk and hip-hop filled ‘Get Down’ room.
Of course, no Branchage Festival would be complete without the highly creative, supremely immersive super knees-up that is LA BORDEE D'BRANCHAGE. The Spiegeltent in Millbrook’s Coronation Park will once again undergo an inventive make-over into a make believe world on Saturday 27th September, courtesy of the incredible talented DJ Miss Molly, whose imagination knows no limits. This year the theme is the “CODFISH BALL” and partygoers are encouraged to get together their most imaginative 'under the sea' outfits, all the while celebrating in the classic Bordee vintage vibe.
Saturday 27th also sees a screening at the Watersplash nightclub of FAKE IT SO REAL, a documentary that dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling, screened in partnership with the True/False Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a live wrestling show courtesy of C.I. WRESTLING, including such wrestling superstars as “Concorde” Adams and Hollywood Dirty South. The night will then move on to the after party, and the musical fun begins. On the lower floor, the party will be headlined by MIXHELL (featuring IGOOR CAVALERA of the legendary multi-platinum selling heavy metal band SEPULTURA on live drums). There will also be a reunion of Jersey favourites The Valentines, Black Sabbath tribute band Rat Salad and Joe Young & The Bandits. DJ sets by Tharindu, Ben Newman, and CI Wrestling referee Patrick W. Reed!
LOST PETER SELLERS FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT BRANCHAGE
Branchage Festival is delighted to announce a very special screening of two recently discovered films featuring the late comedian and actor Peter Sellers, for the second time only in more than 50 years. In partnership with Jersey Film Society, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Robert Farrow and Paul Cotsgrove who respectively found and restored these cinematic jewels.
The 1957 films, DEARTH OF A SALESMAN and INSOMNIA IS GOOD FOR YOU, have been previously documented in Sellers’ work log by numerous biographers, but were thought to have been lost forever. That was until building manager Robert Farrow was busy clearing out Park Lane Films, the now defunct production company responsible for the films, and stumbled across 21 film cans in a skip back in 1996.
Farrow finally got around to dusting off the precious reels last year and upon watching them for the first time was certain he had stumbled across something very special. He swiftly contacted Paul Cotsgrove, organiser of the Southend Film Festival who, equally amazed by the findings, set about digitally restoring the precious footage, which was shared with the world for the first time in over fifty years, just last month.
As often happens within Jersey’s rich history an incredible local connection to the late great comic rests right within the island’s entertainment culture. Events organizer and impresario Dick Ray has been putting on some of the island’s biggest nights to remember since the 1960s and is none other than Peter Sellers’ first cousin. His daughter Rachel Ray, will be joining Robert Farrow and Paul Cotsgrove, after the films to shed even more light on these magical days of entertainment and the unique character of one of the world’s most loved comics.
COME JOIN THE CREW AND MAKE YOUR OWN ISLAND...
The time has come. We here at Branchage are launching our 'Join The Crew' campaign with our community sponsors State Street during National Volunteers’ Week (June 1st – 7th), the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration of the contribution of volunteers in the UK, organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
We’re looking for an assortment of volunteers to join the crew from artists to drivers, stewards to chefs, dancers to projectionists, both at the festival itself and in the run up as we prepare for the five days of cultural delights to sweep across Jersey in September. Traditionally our volunteer team has been a cornerstone of Branchage, not only in fulfilling many vital roles at the festival, but in creating the communal spirit that makes Branchage so special.
This year’s festival bears the tagline ‘Make Your Own Island’, a theme reflected in the programme through the many opportunities for islanders to perform and engage with interactive events and projects where they become active participants rather than simply spectators, and our 'Join The Crew' campaign perfectly reflects the Make Your Own Island ethos.
If you're interested in volunteering at this year's festival our Community Manager Bethany Gallichan would be over the moon to hear from you. All you have to do is head to our 'Join The Crew' page here and fill out a volunteer form.
To coincide with the opening of our Branchage Festival 2014 'Join The Crew' campaign, we launch our first Branchage 2014 trailer, starring our oldest and most loyal volunteer yet, 100 year-old Midge De La Haye (star of previous Branchage trailer campaigns) and directed by local photographer/filmmaker Stacey Yates.
CALLING ALL CHANNEL ISLAND FILMMAKERS...
Are you a short filmmaker based in the Channel Islands?
Are you a short filmmaker based somewhere else in the world who happens to be born and raised in the Channel Islands?
If the answer is yes to either of these questions and you have a short film that was made after September 2011 (since the last Branchage Festival!) why not submit to Branchage 2014 Channel Island Short Film Submissions?
Chosen films will be screened at a special Channel Island Short Film event taking place in the Branchage Spiegeltent over the weekend of the festival taking place from Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th September.
Get your entries in soon as the closing date for submissions is Monday 30th June. More information on the general rules plus terms and conditions of entry can be found here...
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM...
Last week we brought you news on guest curators, new venues and the first wave of programme highlights. We're delighted to announce that we’ve made it even easier for people to enjoy the festival by launching the Branchage Festival pass, which is now on sale here at the early bird price of £80.
Passes will be available at this special early bird price until 1st July, when they will revert to the regular price of £95. The pass opens the doors to over sixty film, music, comedy and spoken word events, meaning that Branchage pass holders will truly be able to Make their own Island at the festival.
Pass holders will get free admission to all daytime and evening public events and films including the opening night gala at Jersey Opera House on Wednesday 24th September, as well as exclusive access to online event reservation ahead of the box office opening, and free access to our Hedge Jumper Queue, giving priority to pass holders to take any empty seats at events.
For those hoping to make their Branchage experience even more unforgettable there is the chance to enhance the experience even further by becoming a Gold Leaf Pass holder. The Gold Leaf Pass will provide pass holders with free admission to all screenings, events and parties – including the famous Bordee d’Branchage vintage party in the Spiegeltent, and our Friday night party hosted by Heavenly Records – as well as screenings and exclusive networking events throughout the year. The Gold Leaf pass is priced at £195 and numbers are very limited, with only 50 available.
BRANCHAGE GETS SOME GUEST CURATORS...
In a change from business as usual, we are being joined by a number of guest curators, who will be overseeing specific areas of the programme, bringing with them a wealth of experience and credibility.
We are delighted to announce that world-renowned fashion designer agnès b will be joining us as a guest curator with a French and foreign film strand. agnès b is a household name across the world, famous for designing beautiful clothing influenced by her love of black and white films. Cinema and fashion go hand in hand at agnès b; her suits were featured in Quentin Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS, and on characters made famous by Uma Thurman and John Travolta in PULP FICTION. Her love of cinema is well documented, and her movie production credits include SPRING BREAKERS (directed by her long-term collaborator Harmony Korine), and she this year released her directorial debut JE M’APPELLE HMMM. Her production company Love Streams, so called in honour of John Cassavetes, is a tribute to her vision of life and her passion for people and cinema.
Making a return to the live music scene, with stops off at Glastonbury and Bestival en route to Branchage are the formidable Radiophonic Workshop, perhaps best known for composing the iconic DOCTOR WHO theme tune. They are set to curate a strand of music-related films and founding member Dr Dick Mills will be leading an exclusive foley art masterclass. They will also close the festival with a specially commissioned, never-before-seen audiovisual show, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
More info on our curators can be found here...
NEWS JUST IN...
BRANCHAGE IS BACK AND IT'S HEADING TO ST AUBIN'S VILLAGE...
Whilst continuing to make use of the island’s many unusual indoor and outdoor settings the hub of this years festival is relocating to the west of the island, in particular St Aubin. Home to the island’s first harbour, this historical, beautiful, creative and friendly village is the perfect location for this year’s festival. This year, Millbrook’s Coronation Park will be the home of the century old Belgian Spiegeltent (which in previous years was situated in the centre of St. Helier), crafted from wood, canvas and mirrors and forming the base for all things Branchage. St Aubin’s Village will be host to a number of screenings and live soundtrack events, with venues such as the Parish Hall, Lavender Farm and the Methodist Church all taking part. Some old Branchage favourites such as Jersey Opera House and Cineworld remain part of the festival, and we welcome new additions in the shape of the Watersplash nightclub and National Trust’s brand new Jersey Wetland Centre at St Ouen’s Pond.
BRANCHAGE AT THE JERSEY BOAT SHOW...
Could we B any happier that Branchage is back?! We celebrated this fact last weekend by suspending the first of our amazing installation pieces down at the Jersey Boat Show... B sure to let us know what you think?
We also teamed up with the Jersey Muse team and showed two excellent films over the weekend.
First was the fascinating Planet Ocean by Michael Pitiot and Yann Arthus-Bertand, in association with Tara Expeditions followed by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
More info here...
MRS DE LA HAYE IS BACK AND APPEARING ON A SCREEN NEAR YOU SOON...
The star of the Branchage trailers from 2008, 2009 and 2011...
THE ONE, THE ONLY...MRS DE LA HAYE!
Mrs De La Haye is a recognisable face to most Branchage aficionados and for those who don't know her you may be interested to know that she turned 100 years old last November.
We're not going to tell you too much about the trailer yet but we can say they (yes, there's two!) were shot at Morel Farm in St Lawrence and we have quite a few people to thank.
- The Jersey National Trust - providing the location at Morel Farm and numerous props
- The residents at Morel Farm - Heather Rushton and family
- Highlands College and specifically Daniel Bento for building our bath island prop at very short notice!
- Emma Reid - Food Island prop and art direction on set
- Gordon Hervé - general help, muscle and tractor driving skills
- Mary Hervé - prop finding
- Prudence Munro - catering on set
- Sandy Yates - Mrs De La Haye's Chaperone on set and Mr De La Haye's wardrobe - general stylist
- Michael Yates - Actor
- Midge De La Haye - Actress, centenarian and general Branchage super star!
- Sonia Le Noa - Assistant to DOP
- Simon Edwards - Director of Photography
- Andy Evans - Advice and expertise
- Natasha Dettman - Neon B production and creative concept
- JJ Gallagher at Hire.je - generator supplier
- Marc Mitchell - sound design and music
and lets not forget... a big thank you to Stacey Yates, locally based photographer, Writer, Director and Producer of 2014's Branchage Festival trailer.