Friday, August 21, 2009 - 11:43

The Eden Project’s acclaimed Arts Café night is one year old on September 4 and the party is set to be one of the biggest and best yet.

The Apples, coming to Eden from Tel Aviv and New York as part of their UK tour, are headlining the night with their unique brand of brass-heavy, Middle East-influenced funk. The energetic nine-piece instrumental group are famed for their on-stage improvisation and have been wowing live audiences for seven years.

Also performing will be seven-piece Cornish funksters The Underbelly – recommended by Craig Charles on his BBC 6 Music radio show - and Arts Café’s resident DJs, the legendary Jelly Jazz, playing their trademark mixture of funk, soul and jazzy breaks.

Arts Café’s first birthday will see the event expand across the whole of Eden with the Link building between the Biomes playing host to the live music and the Core – Arts Café’s usual home – taking on the mantle of “marketplace of ideas”.

Here visitors can find out more about “A Sense of Place”, a conference taking place at Eden that week, and enjoy the grand finale of a series of events focusing on 21st-century living and the future of communities (more information at

Also in the Link, Mau Mau, one of the South West’s finest graffiti artists, will be showcasing his spray-can skills by painting a giant new permanent work as the evening goes on. Revellers can also take part in film-making and animation workshops run by local video artist Lee Hodges.

The Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes will be open and the cafes and bars will be serving a delicious menu of wholesome treats (until 9.30pm) alongside a full selection of drinks all night.

Beth Lewitt, Eden’s Events Manager, said: “We’ve had some good times at Arts Café over the past year and the word is getting out about Eden being Cornwall’s finest education, arts and events hub. Whether you’re an Arts Café veteran or this is your first time, come and sample this awesome venue with one of the finest line-ups we’ve seen.”

Arts Café on September 4 costs £15 per person and you can book through the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or through Tickets are limited and advanced booking is highly recommended. Doors open at 7pm and the night finishes at 12.30am.

Any local artists or musicians who would like to take part in future Arts Cafés or any of Eden’s other new forthcoming events should send info or demos to Beth Lewitt at the Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG.