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Bristol Kitchen Radio launches worldwide dance-a-thon

  • Date: 9 December 2013
  • Area: International, National, South West
Bristol Kitchen Radio

Bristol Kitchen Radio. Credit: Photo courtesy of Bristol Kitchen Radio

Ever fancied trying a Mexican polka, Viennese waltz or Irish slip jig?

Well now you can - and in the safety of your own kitchen - with Bristol Kitchen Radio's unique dance challenge, supported through Arts Council England National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts.

For one month, Bristol Kitchen Radio Dance Party is trying to get 2,000 people dancing the same steps to the same music in different kitchens across the UK and the world.

Bristol Kitchen Radio has produced a special 'interactive' podcast that features live acoustic music from Bristol musicians and choreographer Michelle Gaskell (Myrtle Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) calling out the dance steps.

Whether the party is a group affair or simply dancing alone, participants can enjoy testing out new dance steps to the musical talents featured on the half-hour podcast.

Musicians on the podcast are guitarist Paul Bradley (Three Cane Whale, Organelles), trumpeter Pete Judge (Three Cane Whale, Get The Blessing), mandolist Alex Vann (Three Cane Whale, Spiro), violinist Gina Griffin (Quirkish Delights) and accordionist Peter Wilk (Pedrograd).

Participants are also encouraged to submit photos and videos for a chance to be included in a special film alongside exclusive footage from renowned Bristol photographer and video maker Maria Mochnacz, who shot the podcast recording.

Bristol Kitchen Radio is an arts and cultural podcast recorded around a kitchen table in Bristol with regular listeners in 39 countries.

The idea of the kitchen party was inspired by the work of American folklorist Alan Lomax and aims to harness the power of radio to unite listeners across the world. The project is sponsored by local businesses Towle's Fine Ales and 5 O'Clock Apron.

Paul Goddard, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England said, 'Bristol Kitchen Radio Dance Party uses the power of the internet  to create a fun, free way to bring people all over the world together to enjoy music and have a go at dancing. Our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme is all about supporting a range of art projects and getting great art to wider audiences. Download the podcast and get dancing!'  

Bristol Kitchen Radio Dance Party takes place until 15 December 2013. For more information and to listen to the podcast, see http://www.bristolkitchenradio.com/portfolio/bkr20-kitchen-dance-party/