Exeter Phoenix announces autumn programme

The festival season might be drawing to a close, but Exeter Phoenix will be keeping up the pace into autumn, through what is traditionally one of the arts venue’s busiest event seasons.

With another vibrant mix of music, art and performance as well as the hotly anticipated launch of Studio 74,Exeter’s new independent cinema, visitors can soak up the best of what Exeter has to offer.

September kicks off with one of the city’s foremost annual arts events, as this year’s Exeter Contemporary Open exhibition opens its doors to the public. 2015’s exhibition will include diverse and contemporary work from 14 artists, selected from entrants from the UK and beyond.

Acoustica Festival returns for lovers of alt-folk and Americana, with events across the city on the last weekend of September. Other live music highlights include singer-songwriterheart-throb Jack Savoretti, Boston-based full throttle punk band, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and Mike Skinner (aka The Streets). Other notable additions to the bill are The Shires, currently one of the mosttalked about names in country music, and emerging artist Rhodes, fresh from supporting the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Sam Smith and London Grammar.

For theatre goers, the season starts with a touching project from Exeter-based company Scratchworks exploring foley artistry (the art of making sound effects for films). While in October, The Northcott Theatre bring Taste, a piece written by Murray Lachlan Young (Radio 2 & 4) down to Exeter Phoenix’s city centre venue as part of its new Exeter Northocott Theatre@series.

Following the summer’s redevelopments at Exeter Phoenix, the city’s new independentcinema Studio 74 opens with a season of cinema dedicated to Crossing The Line, an innovative series of feature film and shorts exploring moral, ethical, sporting or geographical boundaries. Alongside these special events the cinema will offer a regular programme of first-rate alternative film and the latest arthouse releases.

Full listings for all events can be found at exeterphoenix.org.uk