Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 11:49

Following two sell out shows, Eden’s Arts Café returns with its ‘Make way for Midsummer’ show on Friday June 4.

The event takes place at the heart of Eden’s global garden in the Link building between the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes.

The show sees the return of Smerins Anti Social Club to Eden, this time with guest vocalist Nuala Honan. The ten-piece ska, funk, dub and swing collective are performing following the release of their debut single Alibi.

Also on the bill are Arts Cafe regulars DJs Jelly Jazz and the newly-formed Ministry of Song, who are making their debut appearance in the Mediterranean Biome. The 60-strong Cornish choir comes from across the county and features a beatboxer as well as a drummer. On the night the experimental ensemble will be recreating dance classics from the Ministry of Sound.

Arts Café will also be welcoming special guests in the form of Tanoshii Taiko, a young drumming troop from Lostwithiel, Cornwall.


Eden’s events manager Beth Lewitt said: “We want everyone to come and enjoy a great line-up, including one of the most epic South West big bands on the festival circuit and lots of stunning treats from the barbeque.”

The Marketplace of Ideas will be open, containing tips on how to get ready for the Big Lunch, an Eden Project-led event bringing neighbours together for lunch on July 18. Here, people will find advice on what to grow and cook for the big day, as well as tips on making a variety of decorations.

Arts Café is on Friday June 4 from 7pm to 12.30am. Admission is £10 per person, or £15 with supper, including a free drink if you book in advance. People who bring a party of ten or more guests get one free entry. Tickets are available from the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or through

There is no Arts Café in July, but it will be back on August 6 with ‘Summer at the Mothership’ featuring local China Clay Country collective BackBeatSoundSystem.