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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”

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New research will demonstrate benefit of culture and heritage to society

New research will demonstrate benefit of culture and heritage to society

An ambitious new programme of research to improve decision making by valuing the benefits of our culture and heritage capital to society, announced today.

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Families of citizens dying after contact with police still await justice

Relatives of people who have died after contact with the police have told of their distrust in and dissatisfaction with the ability of the complaints system to help deliver justice.

“I feel the IOPC is there to shut families up and make us believe there is a thorough investigation,” said Carla Cumberbatch, sister of electrician Darren, who died at the age of 32 in July 2017 after he was punched up to 15 times, beaten with a baton, sprayed with CS gas and Tasered multiple times by officers.

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Cry No More
Rhiannon Giddens

When I wrote "Cry No More" back in 2015 after a white supremacist committed mass murder at a South Carolina church, I had no idea that in 5 short years America would look like it does right now. This song still felt almost unbelievably current and after I added a couple of verses I reached out to my Omar collaborator Michael Abels for a new version for 2020, and I am speechless at the number of incredible artists who leant their light to this project - from the Met Opera Chorus to various members of the Sphinx Organization, to the Nashville Ballet and the folks behind the scenes who brought the sound and the vision together - now more than ever Art needs to lead the way to a better place - it's only over if we give up.

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Stonebridge City Farm 2021 Appeal
Stonebridge City Farm

THE FARM HAS LOST OVER £75,000 of income to date since the start of Covid-19, and this is estimated to be over £100,000 by the financial year end in March 2021. This is YOUR farm in the heart of YOUR City and we need your help to survive this crisis.

It has been particularly important this year that entrance to the farm remains free as so many families are struggling, and being able to get outside and have some fun has been vital to wellbeing for parents, grandparents and carers as well as children. The farm is a really great resource for local families from the welcome desk to the animals, play area, gardens, café and shop. Some families come several times per week. Where else can you visit locally that has so much to offer for free?

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Glasgow Film Festival Responds to Lockdown Restrictions – Update to Festival Plans
Glasgow Film

Due to the lockdown restrictions affecting most of Scotland, and the rest of the UK, Glasgow Film Festival 2021 (GFF21) will now take place online only, on the festival dates: 24 February to 7 March.

Plans to show in-cinema screenings of selected titles will be reviewed by GFF’s Directors once Covid-19 restrictions allow cinemas to re-open.

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150 Miles For Accelerated Literacy
Hothouse Theatre

What with Lockdown and the absence of any races to focus on, not only has Guy got out of the habit of running, he has also put on rather more weight than even he would have expected over the festival period.

Consequently he has decided to grab the nettle firmly, get off his butt and run 150 miles before Easter and in the process raise much needed funds for Hothouse Theatre’s Accelerated Literacy Project.

Accelerated Literacy

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How you can help if you see someone rough sleeping in Nottingham
Nottinghamshire Live

Seeing someone sleeping rough during the winter months in particular can be distressing and heartbreaking - but approaching someone may be a cause for anxiety for some people.

Charities in Nottingham and beyond are already witnessing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on people's circumstances, with up to 20 new faces appearing on the streets in the city alone in a single week, on top of those who have been entrenched for many months or even years.

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Black Lives Matter UK to start funding groups from £1.2m donations

Black Lives Matter UK will be releasing more than £100,000 to black-led organisations across the country by the end of the month, as protesters pledge to build on last year’s anti-racism demonstrations.

The campaign group received £1.2m in donations via a GoFundMe appeal, following widespread protests last summer.

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YARD Young People's Theatre (Ages 8-12)
New Art Exchange

YARD is a creative and supportive hub for children and young people to explore and develop drama and performance skills.

The younger YARD group, aged 8-12 years, develop confidence, communication and creative skills through games, story-making, and drama exercises. As well as making new friends, they explore new ways to express themselves and share their own stories. Sessions are safe, fun and stimulate the senses!

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Creative UK recruiting for young board members
Creative England

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation joined forces in 2020 and are now part of the Creative UK group. Our aimis to grow the nation’s creative economy and use the UK’s creativity to build a more prosperous, inclusive society. We believe we canmake a greater difference together than would be possible alone.

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Virtual Racing Updates
Run Britain

The new normal is life through a virtual lens for many runners in 2021. Races are being assessed and listed via an algorithm, map and using various GPS devices which many will have received recently from Santa Claus! While we all thought it was just a 2020 thing, virtual competition is becoming the norm again. Here, we highlight the latest results of some of the virtual races happening in the locations you prefer, which is the beauty of virtual competition.

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How to take great photographs without an expensive camera
Rusty Monkey

In today’s vlog, Chris is sharing his knowledge of photography to give you some useful tips for capturing great shots for your website without forking out loads of cash for a new camera. You can actually get great quality digital photography using an iPhone (print photography is another story, and we may cover this one day!).

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Bad news for bees: Government reverses ban on bee-killing neonicotinoids
The Wildlife Trusts

The Government has bowed to pressure from the National Farmers Union and agreed to authorise the use of the highly damaging neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for the treatment of sugar beet seed in 2021. The Wildlife Trusts strongly oppose this decision.

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Exhibitors funding update
Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund opens
Film Hub North

The BFI launch new funding to support cinemas to reopen and recover. Just two short weeks after celebrating the support Northern cinemas are set to receive through the BFI Culture Recovery Fund (over £3.5m to date), we were faced with the harsher reality of a new national lockdown, the closure of all cinemas still open in the region and further disruption to the sector at large. The promise of further funding was welcome then and even more pressing now, so we’re pleased to see that the BFI have now launched round two of the Culture Recovery Fund.

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Stop the UK from allowing EU banned bee-killing pesticide to be reintroduced

Now we have left the EU the British government will be allowing EU banned pesticides Neonicotinoid Thiamethoxam to be used on crops. This pesticide is lethal to bees and other pollinators which our environment desperately needs to pollinate flora and fauna. Bees alone pollinate 3/4 of all British crops, which makes the use of this pesticide incredibly counter-intuitive. Sign this petition to tell the government that this is NOT acceptable and that our environment matters!

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David Bowie: Collection
The V&A

The V&A holds a unique collection of David Bowie photographs, album sleeve artwork and memorabilia, charting the creative process of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.

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Green engines: why sustainable forests are essential to the bioeconomy
The Guardian

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” As we face an increasingly urgent climate emergency, plastic-clogged oceans and an energy mix that is still primarily non-renewable, there is no time to lose in correcting for the inactions of the past.

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Here Be Dragons: 25 Books Starring Dragon-Loving Mighty Girls
A Mighty Girl

When you talk about fantastic creatures, some people picture fairies, or unicorns, or elves — and some picture dragons! Your Mighty Girl may imagine herself as the daring soul who cows the dragon by force of arm or clever wit, or she might picture herself with a devoted dragon friend, flying to new heights and learning arcane secrets. With versions of dragons in almost every culture, filling every role from devoted mentors to ferocious beasts, there’s probably a dragon to suit any Mighty Girl’s dream.

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You Might Be Ready To Forget 2020. This Film Reminds You Why You Shouldn't
The Picture Show

From the pews of a church where white deacons once refused to seat African Americans, a group of Black singers in Alabama reminds us why preserving our memories of this historic year is vital — even if we'd rather just leave 2020 behind.

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Local Connections Fund
Application deadline: 26 January 2021
Community Fund

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each.

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Private Peaceful Touring Production – Various Roles
Application Closing Date: 18 Jan 2021
Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions are looking for a number of roles to work on their touring production of Private Peaceful directed by Elle While.

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The Signalman: Auditions

 Hothouse Theatre are looking for voice actors for a radio style production of this classic Dickens ghost story.

The auditions will take the form of a workshop around the script and will be done, like so much these days, via Zoom.

You don’t have to have acting experience. If you fancy having a go let us know. send us an email

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