Welcome to Blaize! We know that if you are visiting this page you are curious to know more about us.
So we are going to tell you about all the FUN we have here at Blaize!
We are a good humoured bunch who love to see communities getting all fired up and creative.
Our official title is ‘community arts organisation’ but we can already see your finger hovering over the escape button!
So let’s just say we like to meet people, inspire them and help them enjoy the lighter side of life.
How do we do that? Easy! We bring the very best in quality theatre, music, dance, children’s entertainment and comedy straight to your community.
Which means you don’t have to travel for miles to enjoy a good night out.
We work nationally but mainly cover the north of England and are particularly active in isolated, rural communities where access to the arts may be limited.
We have lots of contacts with talented and experienced performers who have toured all over the country so you can be guaranteed that whatever we deliver will be worth ditching a night in front of the telly for. Just search through our website and take a look at some of our work – it speaks for itself.
We don’t just deliver fun. We also create it! Have you ever watched a film, a play or a dance routine and thought to yourself ‘We could do that’?
With our help you really can!
We’ve seen teenagers cut their own CDs, helped a group of people with learning disabilities to produce their very own musical (complete with red carpet premiere) and encouraged patients with Alzheimer’s to sing their heart out.
We can work with any group that wants to create and loves a challenge, and can offer;
We’ve been doing this for thirty years now and thanks to Arts Council funding we’ve still got an appetite for more.
We firmly believe that to get the best out of you, we have to give the best of ourselves.
This approach has worked well for us over the years and we have found that our zest for creativity and fun tends to rub off on the groups we work with.
Whenever we take on something new, we listen carefully to ensure we gain a good understanding of what each individual community needs.
We are friendly and encouraging and have excellent organisational and project management skills which help us to manage a variety of projects successfully.
We are also pretty good at networking.
Here are some of the many organisations we have worked with over the years:
We have also worked with a number of Rural touring partners including;
Why do we do that? Well, we believe that much of our work feeds into and compliments the work of other organisations so we work together to produce the best results.
We have built up an enviable little black book full of contacts and have a strong pool of artists to call upon whenever we need help.
And we have developed links with the wider European community through our work. Have you heard of international network for contemporary performing arts (IETM)? Well, it’s a network for people and organisations like ours which has enabled us to form links with other organisations all over Europe. There is more info here http://ietm.org/ if you need it but basically the IETM does what it says on the tin.
We also have strong links with Canada through our connections with the performing arts organisation, the Atlantic Presenters Association http://www.atlanticpresenters.ca/
The Association regularly invites representatives from Blaize to attend a showcase of talent overseas, organised by Contact East (it’s very cool!) http://www.contacteast.ca/about/
This enables us to bring Canadian artists over to Britain almost every season. Our Canadian acts (musicians, theatre groups, comedians) are a strong feature of ArtERY Live and LiveLincs programming and are eagerly awaited by our audiences!
If you need to get in touch with us to find out about anything that we do, please use the contact form and we'll get back in touch with you as soon as possible