Additional material by Michael Martin (True Faith Magazine)
Oxjam 2013 started early this year with two fundraising events at the Cluny in the early summer and a series of original open mic nights at Bar No 28 as a build up for this year’s Oxjam Takeover.
Last year’s festival was a huge multi venue success and raised a staggering £6935.45 for Oxfam UK.
This year Oxjam is returning to rock the Ouseburn Valley, with performances taking place primarily at The Cluny and Cluny 2 on 21st October with an after show at Ernest Bar.
Photograph: Jonathan Parker (Spurious Nonsense Photography)
For some time now local poets, musicians and storytellers have been descending on Ouseburn to showcase their talents at ‘Jibba Jabba’, a monthly open-mic night at the Cumberland Arms.
Now, thanks to Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry, Jibba Jabba are able to bring in some of the UK’s best spoken word artists to perform alongside them.
Glass making is one of the oldest industries to have been carried out in the Ouseburn Valley. Dating back to the 17th century, the glasshouses were at one time responsible for producing 60 tons of glass a week… that was half the requirement for the UK as a whole!
These factories were demolished in the early part of the 20th century, although the remains of some of the glass kilns can still be seen on the walk along the riverside path.
Now members of the public are being invited to come up with and make their own unique glass creations just up the road in Heaton.