The UK is highly creative with its use of space for events – be they used for film screenings or wellbeing classes. As far as cinemas go, there’s been rooftops and a 50ft deep shaft under the Thames, and now, Cinema Fiodra, a makeshift cinema on board a barge.
The travelling barge, Fiodra, operates on the southern British waterways. The fully off-grid 20 seat micro-cinema is specialist when it comes to the films it showcases. All films shown are canal, barge and boating related feature films. The HD Projector, sound and safety systems are powered by batteries charged each day by solar panels.
Bob Chase, owner of the purpose-built floating venue which also functions as his home, says: “British canals feature as locations in many films, but there are only a handful that make the canal life central to the story. My aim, on Fiodra, is to bring these films to new audiences who are fascinated by canals and to those of us who live and work ‘on the cut’.
“Fiodra is both my permanent home on the water and a space for sharing with friends. Fiodra and I will be travelling the canals of the UK in coming months. We hope to meet and make many new friends.”
Fiodra, which is currently moored in London’s King’s Cross close to Granary Square until 6 May, also hosts mindfulness classes. A free meditation class will be held on board Barge Fiodra on 2 May 2018 from 7-8pm. For more information, click here.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea