On Saturday 14th June 2014 we hosted our first ‘Entertainment Cafe’ at The Enter Centre. The ‘Entertainment Cafe’ project, funded by the AAP 4 Together Partnership is an inter-generational event bringing young and old together.
Following on from the success of our previous inter-generational event last year we decided to apply to a local AAP funding pot in the hope that we could secure some funding to host more inter-generational performance events. The general community had to vote for the projects that they wanted to support and Enter CIC were delighted to come top of the poll gaining most community votes which ensured that our inter-generational performance project entitled ‘The Entertainment Cafe’ could go ahead. This meant that we received funding to conduct four different events throughout the year aimed at people in our community over the age of 60.
The first event on Saturday 14th June 2014 was a huge success. Over 100 people over the age of 60 attended and enjoyed a performance by the brilliant young people from Enter CIC. They were served refreshments and cakes at the event and thoroughly enjoyed being able to get together in a safe and inspiring environment. As the audience entered the performance venue they were greeted by members of Enter CiC’s Upper School who as always were attentive and polite and delighted in being able to converse with elderly people from their community.
The performance event focused on our lower school children and the audience were amazed as they observed children as young as four years of age step up to the microphones and delivered some well known musical extracts. We were inundated with with comments about the confidence of Enter CIC young people and their eloquent delivery of verse and prose extracts from well known authors.
‘A great way to bring young and old together’
A particularly poignant moment was when performers from our Upper School took to the stage and gave a sneak preview of one of our new songs for our new show entitled ‘Home Fires’ which is to be performed at Auckland Castle in July 2014 to commemorate the First World War. The extract brought tears to many eyes and the silence in the room at the end of performance was tangible. A true mark of respect for our fallen heroes. A particular favorite of the audience was the extract from Flanders Field which once again brought a tear to the eye.
On Sunday 15th June we decided that it would be nice to invite parents of our Lower School to come and see their children perform and show them what they have been working on at Enter over the past few weeks.
All of our young people at Enter continue to amaze audiences wherever they go, they are true professionals and a pleasure to work with. The feedback we received was outstanding as always. Take a look at some of the comments and pictures from the day below: