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Posted: 7th September 2016

Be there or be square…

On Saturday 24th September, Winchester’s Forte Kitchen will be transformed into a 1950’s jazz den by the Cabinet Rooms, as part of the city’s inaugural Jazz Festival.

For one night only, Cabinet Rooms will offer guests who join them at the ‘Beatnik Supper’ a unique experience combining live jazz, live poetry, great food and delicious cocktails.

Gary and Marcus, from Cabinet Rooms, are known locally for organising events such as Winchester Cocktail Week and the Ginchester Fête.

Gary explained: “When we heard that Winchester was getting its very own jazz festival, we knew straight away the kind of evening we wanted to host for it. There are a lot of creative, bohemian people in Winchester and we are very excited to recreate a cool ‘50’s vibe right here with them at our very own Beatnik Supper.”

Inspiration will be drawn from the writings of Beatniks such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, as well as the organisers’ own travels to San Francisco.

The evening will commence with a Beatnik cocktail and guests will enjoy a three-course meal prepared by the chef at Forte Kitchen. Live jazz music will be played by Duo Theory with Tamas Teszary on vibraphone and Wu Yen Chan on bass.

Southampton’s Poet Laureate for Children, Matt West, will be there to read Beatnik poetry and, in true spirit of the movement, will be writing a poem based on thoughts and ideas offered by guests on the night.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets cost £49.95 per person, including a cocktail on arrival, three-course dinner, live jazz and live poetry. Spaces are limited so advanced booking is essential via www.cabinetrooms.com