Inside we are also undertaking something of a Christmas transformation and have just launched two special new projects to help bring some joy and seasonal spirit to Havant this year.
Today we are launching The Enchanted Snow Globe, one way we hope to make Christmas a bit more magical for our visitors. From Monday 14 – Saturday 19 December our Mezzanine Gallery will be transformed into a winter woodland featuring The Snow Queen, inside the world’s only living snow globe. With dozens of real fir trees, thousands of lights, Christmas music and piles of snow, visitors will glimpse through the trees to see the queen and interact with her through the globe. You can even press a button to surround her with a blizzard. This live installation will be free to visit and is open at set times through the week. There is no need to book. The experience will take around 10 – 15 minutes and can be followed up with a visit to The Snow Queen’s café for a warming drink and festive treat.
Even though we know toddlers, pre-schoolers and children will love this, it is suitable for everyone and we hope our adult audiences will be equally enthralled by the experience.
You can find out more about The Enchanted Snow Globe in our What’s On section
Do pop in next week to enjoy some winter sparkle!
Our other Christmas Project is Christmas Calls and is one that is particularly close to my heart. Back in October, I heard a piece on the radio about people who had not been able to see their family in care homes since March. It made me think a lot about the ways in which we show people we love them and how hard it has been this year when visits and hugs have been off the table. Whilst I was sitting with these thoughts, we heard the news that we had been successful with our application for funding as part of the Culture Recovery Fund. Receiving funding is always a responsibility but I felt this more than ever and I wanted to provide a creative way in which we could bridge the relationship gaps most of us have felt in one way or another this year.
Christmas Calls is our small way of connecting people this December as we ask professional poet Arji Manuelpillai to write bespoke poems for people who have been nominated by someone who wants to show they care. It’s a way of sharing a special Christmas-themed experience with someone who might not be able to get out easily, who might have had a difficult year or who you just want to give an extra special present to. Arji is a fantastic artist (he’s a poet, rapper and performer) who creates really accessible, fun but also moving poetry which will be enjoyed by everyone – even those who don’t think of themselves as poetry fans. Once he has written for your loved one he’ll deliver it over the phone or via Zoom and it will be followed up by a bespoke Christmas card by A Line Art’s Anna Bruder, including a written version of your poem.
You can find out more on our Christmas Calls webpage and nominate someone for a poem via the link on that page.
I hope this project helps to connect people and share a bit of joy this winter.
After all that, we also have a number of Covid-safe Christmas performances coming up, some of which can be enjoyed at home as well as in person at The Spring. I’ve written about those before so I won’t repeat myself, but you can find out about everything that’s coming up in the What’s on section of the website. From a few months ago when we didn’t know if we’d be able to have any kind of festive programme, we’re excited to be part of your Christmas build-up this year
Covid-allowing The Spring will be open until Wednesday 23 December. We will close for Christmas after our afternoon performance of The Selfish Giant on that day and will reopen on Monday 11 January 2021. Most of our spring 2021 season is already announced but we will be contacting our members with a few special previews soon and then letting our wider audience know about some more events that you won’t want to miss in the new year.
For now though, all of us at The Spring want to say thank you for your support in 2020 and have a wonderful Christmas. You deserve it!
Sophie and the team at The Spring