Bring big screen cinema experience to your Cumbrian village

One of the North’s leading arts organisations is on the lookout for community venues across North Cumbria which would like to host special cinema events for local people, as part of its REMOTE cinema network. They are inviting anyone who’s interested to join them at a gathering on Tuesday 10th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at Penrith Old Fire Station to find out how they can get involved.

Eden Arts, working alongside rural cinema specialists Cine North, are helping to help bring communities together for special film screenings in locations which don’t usually have access to the big screen experience.

Eden Arts and Cine North are now keen to recruit new venues – particuarly in the Eden Valley and Allerdale – which would like to host 6-8 screenings between September 2016 and May 2017.

Each screening is intended to be a social event, which gives people the chance to create a fun, social atmosphere with dressing up, food, music, games and other activities – often inspired by the film’s themes. They are also a great way for village and community halls to generate income to plough back into the upkeep of these vital local buildings.

Each participating village venue will receive a comprehensive package of support including technical training, marketing and programming advice, film licence booking and administrative support. A high definition cinema kit – including a large screen and high quality sound system – will also be provided, along with access to a rich and diverse programme of film titles for venues to choose from.

Head of Projects at Eden Arts, Heather Walker, says, “REMOTE Cinema is about so much more than just screening a film. It is a great opportunity for rural locations to help bring local communities of all ages together for a fun, social experience and help combat feelings of isloation and loneliness. Of course, it is also a chance for venues to generate income by benefiting from technical expertise and equipment they would otherwise find very difficult to access.

Eden Arts & Cine North receives funding from Eden District Council and National Lottery Funding via BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Fund and Film Hub North to run Remote Cinema Scheme

If you are intersted in attending the meeting on Tues 10th May to find out more about joining the scheme, meet representatives from Eden Arts and Cine North as well as people who have been part of Remote for many years and running successful cinema events in their village please get in touch with Heather Walker at Eden Arts: 01768 899444 / to register your attendance.


Notes to Editors:

For more information or hi-res images, please contact: Heather Sewell, 07795 487003 /

Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation. Charity no. 1139215 based in the Eden District, Cumbria funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.

Cine North aims to improve access to cinema in isolated rural and hard to reach urban areas of the North of England. The project is delivered by the National Media Museum in Bradford. Cine North offers community venues a tailored package of training, technical advice, screening equipment, programming and promotional support, enabling them to screen a cinema programme chosen by and presented in partnership with local audiences. Cine North is a strategic partner of Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network and BFI Neighbourhood Cinema, funded by the National Lottery. / 01274 203388 / Rachel McWatt, Project Manager /

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