pledged of £4,529, 100% pledged so far
On Saturday 17th December we are hosting a day-long festive celebration of community, togetherness and the magic of cinema, with two screenings of A Muppets Christmas Carol – a matinee for families, and an evening show for (nostalgic!) adults. The evening event will incorporate live puppetry before and after the film to enhance the experience. Hot food, mulled wine and mince pies will also be on hand, and dressing up is encouraged. Christmas jumpers at the ready! One of the ways in which we plan to bring people through the doors is by hosting a Christmas fair in the afternoon to support local enterprises and creatives. This will be free to attend and will include a programme of festive short films and a drop-in film or puppet-making workshop. The morning and evening screenings will have an entry charge, but we are keen to subsidise this to enable more people to attend. We would also like to give away 20% of our ticket allocation to local residents on low/no income.
What we’ll deliver:
- Donate 20% of our ticket allocation to local residents on low income
- Facilitate free drop-in film or puppet-making workshops for adults and children
- Enhance the evening event with live puppetry and cabaret performances
- Offer complimentary mulled wine and mince pies to evening ticket holder
Why it’s a great idea:
South Norwood is a culturally-deprived area of London, with limited access to cinema and learning opportunities. As a newly established volunteer-supported social enterprise, we aim to unite our diverse local community through the power of film, building Stanley Halls into a highly regarded hub for cinema in South London. Christmas is a time for sharing and togetherness, and we see this event as the perfect opportunity to engage with members of our community who wouldn’t otherwise connect with local culture. We believe in our choice of film as one that will speak to people of all generations, backgrounds and nationalities, and will break down any false perceptions of exclusivity within our venue. By incorporating puppetry and theatre, workshops and short films, we will create learning experiences that may not otherwise be pursued by members of our audience.
Steps to get it done:
- Book performers and workshop facilitators
- Donate 20% tickets to local residents on low/no income
- Buy decorations and workshop materials
- Order mince pies and mulled wine
- Spread the word with flyers and posters
We are working in partnership with Stanley People’s Initiative, the charity managing Stanley Halls, to deliver this event. All profits from ticket sales will be shared between the charity and Stanley’s Film Club, to fund future community-focused activity. We are also collaborating with the organisers of South Norwood’s Clocktower Market to deliver the Christmas fair to a high standard. Stanley Halls’ resident cafe Coffee Craft will be open throughout the day, and are onboard to supply the complimentary mince pies. Donors are not automatically entitled to free tickets or discounts, however, a portion of ticket revenue will be pledged towards event costs if the target is not met.