Learn to play up in the air!

skylabThere are new classes starting every Monday at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road that teach aerial hoop and silk techniques. Isn’t that reason enough to live here?

They run from 6 – 7pm and 7 – 8pm. Beginners and intermediates welcome. £15 per class. Special two for one taster offer in March only. Come and have a taster class and if you bring a friend you both get it at half price.

Brixton Community Base seeks trustees

Brixton Community Base – that big old building on the junction of Talma and Probert Roads also known as the St Vincents Community Centre – is looking for new volunteer trustees. Here’s their site. For more info, email Caroline Funnell on carofunnel[at]bsvcc.org

It’s tonight: FREE CAKE!!

There will be a free cake taster day held in the lower hall at Brixton Community Base on Talma Road from 6-9pm on Saturday 28th April. Yep, that’s free cake, right here on your doorstep.

The organisers say “This event is focused on tasty healthy home made treats. With a variety of muffins and entertainment.”

Effrablog thinks that’s about as good as it gets.

To find out more, contact Maskelah on 07983 747186 or info@brixtoncommunitybase.org

Pilates on Talma Road…

Effra-ites seem particularly interested in exploring the relationship between body and mind. One of our first stories was about the Brixton yogathon; we’ve just posted details of our very own yoga studio in Mervan Road as well as writing about details of Tai Chi and even Flamenco dancing on our doorstep.

So it was no surprise to hear that there are now pilates classes taking place at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road – on Wednesdays from 7-8pm.

The sessions are run by Rachel Phillips who had been a ballet dancer for 15 years but when she found her career curtailed by injury found pilates was the perfect relaxation cure to office based work.

She says: “the classes will take a holistic and relaxed approach to a traditionally very structured discipline, fusing the principles of Joseph H. Pilates with a range of Ballet exercises for core strength building, improved mobilisation and flexibility.”

For more information visit her facebook page www.facebook.com/PilatesWithRachael or have a look at this flyer

Bling ya bike!!!

If you think your bike or scooter isn’t cool, and don’t want to fork out for a new one, don’t despair. Come along to a Sunday afternoon “Bling ya bike” session at the St Vincent’s community centre on the corner of Talma and Probert Roads and you’ll be shown how to re-spray it to your own showy design. Or you can choose a recycled bike to work on.

The idea is the brainchild of artist Lamonte Johnson who saw the potential when a bike he had decorated for his girlfriend (to match her decorated shoes) caused such a stir that loads of people started banging on his door wanting him to do one for them.

He says: “I could have just set up a business but decided it would be better if I trained young people how to do it for themselves.”

The sessions run from 1-4pm each Sunday and most people there are between 9 and 19 years old.

This picture shows some of the results. He’s hoping to produce some bikes painted with a jubilee theme in time for the celebrations in June.

Lamonte also runs a fashion outreach project that goes to Tulse Hill and Norwood, giving young people the confidence and skills to to design their own clothing such as teeshirts and baseball caps.

You can find out more here.

Brixton Youth Theatre announces Friday sessions until Easter.

Local young people have a great opportunity to work with professional actors and directors at the Brixton Youth Theatre at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road.

Project leaders are professional actor/directors David Baker & Max Gold (credits include: National Theatre, RSC, ‘Eastenders”) David is also Associate Theatre at the Lyric theatre, Hammersmith where he was co-founder of the Lyric Young Company.

The sessions start again after half term on 24th Feburary and run until Easter. Friday Evenings from 6-7.30 for 13-15 year olds & 7.30-9.00 for 16-19 year olds.

Students will also have the chance to quality Trinity Bronze and Silver Awards. For more information, visit www.brixtonyouththeatre.com