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Review: Korova Arts and Cafe Bar celebrates first birthday

Posted on - 26th May, 2014 - 3:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Reviews, What's On in Preston
Korova Exhibition Artwork

Korova Exhibition Artwork

Korova ended a wonderful birthday weekend on Sunday with an exquisite collection of music, comedy and poetry.

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The big birthday bash was a success for the city centre arts cafe and bar.

Artistic Director, Sam Buist said “It was great to see everyone come down and support the café, we love seeing different artistic talent.”

‘In the Gaps’ art exhibition hosting a variety of artists’ works  by Norman Field, Wendy Docherty amongst others which was put together by Steph Fletcher, which ranged from excellent paintings, prints, to videos in a cupboard and films being shown on the café’s ceiling.

Korova Exhibition Artwork

Korova Exhibition Artwork

Saturday held the Korova Kids got Talent where 15 children aged six to 12 put on a display of dancing, music, magic and comedy.

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It lead to a very tough call for the overall winner, but Mia Pollit-Flynn aged 9 was congratulated on winning the event with her impressive dancing display.

Throughout Saturday evening, 24 actors, six directors and six writers worked spiritedly throughout the night to produce 4 pieces of work.

The four theatre companies, Paper Craft, Flicker Theatre Company, Bruce and Loose Threads produced 4 very interesting pieces which were executed brilliantly.

Sunday evening finalised and produced an example of what Korova is all about, with multiple displays of artistic and creative talent, the night was a complete success and topped off a very special first birthday.

The MC for the evening, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, expressed on the night “thank you for all coming down and supporting Korova tonight as well as the entire year, we hope for more wonderful birthdays like this one in the future”.

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The first act of the evening was “kobro” an energetic folk band who had the crowd on their feet singing along with their upbeat, catchy songs.

Kobro

Kobro

Kobro

Kobro

Nick Williams took the stage and shared his self-written experimental poetry.

Nick Williams

Nick Williams

Following, was Alexandra and baysul. Two talented and artistic individuals who hosted a collection of traditional Russian songs followed by a Russian rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Alexandra and Baysul

Alexandra and Baysul

Alexandra and Baysul

Alexandra and Baysul


Phil Ellis exploded onto the stage with hilarious fresh comedy that had the crowd in laughter and shock, after winning the hearts of the crowd, he attempted to steal works of art from the exhibition and a chair.

Phil Ellis

Phil Ellis

Lastly, Avital Raz accompanied by the brilliant Alexander James O’Hara and Katie Ryan from Mobius Loop wowed the audience with a whole array of sounds, from sitars, harmonicas, pipes, and a balalaika. Definitely one of the best ways to wrap up an evening.

Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop

Avital Raz and Katie Ryan

Avital Raz and Katie Ryan

Korova would like to once again thank everyone who came down to the birthday bash and for supporting them on their first year in Preston, with hopefully many years to come.

For more information about Korova’s upcoming events and shows, please visit Korova

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Warm friendly atmosphere

Korova was filled with a warm, friendly atmosphere

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