Phoenix Blog

News, views and some articles from our friends - all about Phoenix and the film and art we're involved in

Phoenix Chief Executive, John Rance, announces retirement

17 Nov 2023

Phoenix CEO John Rance has announced his plan to retire from his position in spring 2024, having joined the charity in 2010 following its relocation to Leicester's Cultural Quarter.

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Blog: Object Memory immersive exhibition

11 Feb 2023

Phoenix's digital art manager Irina Tsokova gives us an overview of our current exhibition, Object Memory.

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Phoenix 2020 extension now open

26 Jan 2023

Our new extension is now open, giving us two additional cinema screens, a larger and more prominent gallery, and a superb Café Bar.

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Pre-Code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken

23 Nov 2022

Film writers and critics Pamela Hutchinson and Christina Newland present some of Hollywood’s most risqué films (all new restorations care of Park Circus and Warner Bros) made before the 1930's Hays code was enforced.

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Phoenix awarded £246k NPO funding by Arts Council England

4 Nov 2022

Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre has been awarded £246k funding over the next 3 years by Arts Council England (ACE).

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Welcome Back: What to Expect in November

12 Oct 2022

Our Cinema Programme Manager Jake walks us through the highlights of our reopening programme in November.

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Art Podcast

10 Oct 2022

We're pleased to share our new digital arts podcast. In this first episode we discuss the the art programme at Phoenix, giving an overview of things we've done in the past and a preview of what to expect as we prepare to open our new gallery space.

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Reflecting on The Idle Index

10 Sep 2020

Curator Anoushka Goodwin reflects on our online commissions exploring the theme of digital idleness: 'Downtime' by Sian Fan and 'Are / You / Actually' by Compiler

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Phoenix Meets Ben Wheatley

25 May 2020

Our New British Cinema season kicked off with a trio of films directed by Ben Wheatley. We caught up with Ben (via a video call, of course) to see how he’s coping with life in lockdown.

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Phoenix brings Virtual Reality movies to the masses

16 Nov 2018

Phoenix is to become one of the first UK cinemas to screen Virtual Reality (VR) films as part of it regular cinema programme.

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Artist interview – Beth Kettel

19 Oct 2018

We talked to artist Beth Kettel whose experimental music video ‘A Bang, A Bomb, A Lie And A Band That Stands for Something Else' premieres at Phoenix.

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Phoenix Access Cinema Appeal

22 Dec 2017

Help us raise the £2,000 we need to buy 26 new amplified headsets – to help more people with sight and hearing loss enjoy films at Phoenix.

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Moritz Cheung on Ritual

28 Nov 2017

Videoclub curator Moritz Cheung writes about how he chose the works in Ritual - a programme of artists' film and video from South East Asia showing at Phoenix in December

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Frightarama, the all-night horror marathon, returns to Phoenix

5 Oct 2017

Will you make it through the night? ‘Frightarama‘ returns to Phoenix with a night of bloodcurdling horror.

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Playback artist interview – Danni Spooner

26 Jun 2017

We talk to Leicester artist Danni Spooner whose work appears in our exhibition Playback - a nationally-touring exhibition showcasing award-winning short films from across the country.

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Carers’ Rights Day

21 Nov 2016

Friday 25 November is national Carers' Rights Day - here's some details on what the Phoenix Access Cinema programme has to offer.

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Artists bring fresh ideas to filmmaking

23 Aug 2016

'Outside', screening on Thu 25 Aug as part of The Short Cinema, is one example of how the boundaries between filmmakers and artists are being blurred.

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‘Outside’ Artists’ Film Screening Previewed

18 Aug 2016

Artist Anoushka Goodwin previews our upcoming artists' film screening 'Outside', showing on Thu 25 Aug, 7pm, as part of The Short Cinema

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Artist Q&A – Teresa Dillon, Canary Songs

20 Apr 2016

A Q&A with Teresa Dillon, artist behind Canary Songs in which a choir recreates the sounds of a WW1 munitions factory in the Phoenix cinema

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Interview with artist Kenny Wong

5 Feb 2016

Phoenix’s latest exhibition ‘The Canvas of Resonance’ by artist Kenny Wong Chi-Chuen, is a cinematic sound and visual installation that draws its influences from the Foley artists of the live radio age.

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