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Melbourne Festival
Melbourne Festival

For the past fifteen year Arts Melbourne has celebrated the creative and performing arts in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, right in the heart of Britain. The highlight of the Arts Melbourne calendar is the Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail each September but we also deliver a year round programme of activities and events.

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A year to change the world
BBC

A year to change the world - BBC One The moment I met Sir David Attenborough in person for the first time to discuss climate change.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World / Episode one

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What happened when we all stopped
TED-Ed

Take a moment to rethink how we live, and how we can jumpstart the rebirth of our planet with this poem, narrated by Goodall

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The surprising future of vaccine technology
Big Think

We owe a lot to vaccines and the scientists that develop them. But we've only just touched the surface of what vaccines can do. In this video, Larry Brilliant, COVAXX cofounder Lou Reese, Bill Nye The Science Guy, and genetics professor Michael Wigler discuss the history, present, and future of "best thing science has ever given us."

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NottsYouthTrends is back
NonSuch Studios

We need your help to help us make our city the best it can be for everyone, especially those aged 11-25. So, share your thoughts, tell us what you think and help us make positive change across Notts. If you’re 13-25 you can do this in your own time independently or if you’re 11-12, you can carry out the survey under the supervision of an adult/teacher.

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Find Your Great Run
Great Run

It’s been more than a year since we saw high-fives at the finish, runners posing with their medals, finisher’s t-shirts being worn with pride and beaming smiles on faces. It’s shaping up to be an action-packed year of running and we can’t wait to see you all again!

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Protect our ocean 'to solve challenges of century'
BBC

A global map compiled by international scientists pinpoints priority places for action to maximise benefits for people and nature.

Currently, only 7% of the ocean is protected.

A pledge to protect at least 30% by 2030 is gathering momentum ahead of this year's key UN biodiversity summit.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, sets a framework for prioritising areas of the ocean for protection.

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How a 10-year-old from Wales scored a big win in the war on plastic waste
The Guardian

Some campaigns take years, even decades to achieve change. Not for Skye Neville, a 10-year-old from a Welsh seaside town who in November became outraged at the cheap plastic toys that came attached to her favourite magazines.

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Reparation due to deported Jamaicans
Change.org

Following the Windrush Scandal, assistance must be given to UK residents who are forced to return to the land of their birth leaving behind years of Tax and other Contributions to the British economy. These must be accounted for in establishing Half-Way Homes to accommodate and re-settle returnees, to include retraining opportunities.

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Why can't Britain handle the truth about Winston Churchill?
Guardian

A baleful silence attends one of the most talked-about figures in British history. You may enthuse endlessly about Winston Churchill “single-handedly” defeating Hitler. But mention his views on race or his colonial policies, and you’ll be instantly drowned in ferocious and orchestrated vitriol.

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EXILE Music Festival 2021
Exile

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW - 25th, 26th, 27th June 2021 ​

Well, what a year! How have you been? Are you all ok?

We hope so because as it stands, we are going to make our 2021 Exile Music Festival the best ever and we want to see you there at Sabine Hay in your best party frocks! ​

Tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE, but be quick, we fully expect a total sell-out.

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The Antikythera Cosmos
Tony Freeth

The UCL Antikythera Research Team struggle to solve the front of the Antikythera Mechanism—a fragmentary ancient Greek astronomical calculator—revealing a dazzling display of the ancient Greek Cosmos.

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Fireball meteorite that blazed across the UK recovered from a driveway
Natural History Museum

For the first time in 30 years, a meteorite has been recovered in the UK after landing in the driveway of a house in Gloucestershire.

The meteorite is astonishingly rare and will give scientists at the Museum a glimpse into what the solar system looked like as it was forming some 4.6 billion years ago.

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British theatre urged to 'completely rebuild' to improve diversity
The Guardian

British theatre needs to be “completely rebuilt” in the wake of Covid-19 to make it more accessible to people from diverse backgrounds, according to the director of a web series about the challenges facing people of colour in the industry.

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Help us bring beavers back
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Reintroducing beavers back into Nottinghamshire after a 400-year absence will unlock the power of nature. Beavers are nature's finest 'wetland engineers'. As they dig, chew through trees and create deep pools, they help create habitats that benefit other wildlife. This is why we need your help raising £250,000 to bring them back to Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

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Young Creative Awards 2021 - Open for Entries
Young Creative Awards

The 2021 Nottingham Young Creative Awards is now OPEN!

The Young Creative Awards is now OPEN for entries!

Open to 11-24 year-olds living, working or studying in Nottingham, the Young Creative Awards champions creativity, celebrating achievements across 11 categories:

Animation & Digital Media Creative Writing Dance Design & Architecture Fashion & Textiles Film Graphic Design Music Photography Theatre Visual Arts

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Astronaut-explorer Richard Garriott sets records on dive to deepest point on Earth
Space.com

The son of a NASA astronaut and a video game pioneer who previously traversed both the North and South poles and funded his own trip to the International Space Station, Garriott completed a dive to Challenger Deep, the lowest point on Earth, on Monday (March 1).

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Nottingham’s In Your Face
Nottingham Castle

Portraits of 100 inspiring Nottingham residents were projected onto the Castle walls last night, as part of an exciting project to remind us that although its walls were originally built to keep people out, the Castle is now a space that welcomes everyone.

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Restarting parkrun in England
parkrun

Following the publication of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, we are excited to share our plans to restart both junior and 5k parkrun events across England.

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View Points
City Arts

City Arts has worked with professional artist and photographer Jo Wheeler to design a creative photography course for 14-19 year-old’s in Gedling. It is designed to promote positive mental and physical health.

By taking part, you’ll learn how to capture great photographs with your camera phone. You’ll be inspired to get out, get active and explore your local area. Photography is a fantastic mindful activity that can boost your wellbeing.

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‘Black Lives’ Anthology
Nottingham Writer's Studio

Black Lives (the anthology produced from our first ever George Floyd Short Story Competition) is a collection of stories where ethnic minorities take the major roles. Written by a diverse range of 27 authors from around the globe their tales cross all genres while tackling issues of race, colourism and identity.

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LONGHORN 2021 IS ON!!!
SBR Events

Hi everyone - let's get the party started!!!

We have spent the past week digesting the news from the new Government Covid-19 Roadmap 2021 & conversing with race partners & venues & we are super excited that events are back on in Stage 1 from 29th March!

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Ashfield virtual arts festival 2021
Ashfield Virtual Arts Festival

The Ashfield virtual arts festival is a free community arts festival online to celebrate the arts, the people and heritage of Ashfield.

The aim of the festival is to be inclusive, affordable and as enjoyable as possible to everyone involved. If you’d like to get in touch on any aspect of the festival please feel free to do so!

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In Pictures: Mount Etna eruption lights up Sicily's night sky
BBC

Mount Etna is erupting again, and its hot lava fountains are illuminating the Sicilian sky.

The eruption began earlier this week, and Etna has since been spewing massive orange plumes of gas and thick clouds of ash.

Etna is Europe's most active volcano, and it erupts relatively often. The last major eruption was in 1992.

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Educating and Empowering Girls
39 Ways to Save the Planet
BBC

Around the world many girls leave school before completing their education. It's said that those who stay to the end of high school have more agency and choice, but also earn more money and have fewer and healthier children.

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What would a world without vaccines be like?
The Royal Society

What would a world without vaccines look like? The Covid-19 pandemic has shown why we need vaccines. Thanks to vaccines, many of us have grown up without fear of contracting diseases such as polio and diphtheria. Do we take them for granted?

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Strange Fruit - the story behind "The Song of the Century"
WFYIOnline

The Salt Project and WFYI collaborated on a retrospective of the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holiday song "Strange Fruit." The video traces the dark inspiration for the song, and the redemptive power of art. The moving SALT video is followed by a powerful performance of the song by Marietta Simpson and Tyron Cooper.

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NASA Mars Landing

Watch real video of Perseverance’s Mars landing

The movie begins with the rover’s parachute opening above it as the rover and its landing gear enter the Martian atmosphere. Seconds later, a camera on the rover’s underside shows the heat shield falling toward the ground. If you look carefully, you can see one of the springs that pushed the heat shield off the rover came loose, said NASA engineer Allen Chen, the rover’s entry, descent and landing lead.

Science News

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Behold! The 1st panorama of Mars from the Perseverance rover

The car-sized rover snapped the panorama on Feb. 20, 2021, just two days after landing in Jezero Crater, an ancient lake on the Red Planet's surface, using its onboard Navigation Cameras (or Navcams). The panorama was created here on Earth with six individual images taken by the interplanetary robot's cameras.

Space.com

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WATCH: Mars Cam Views from NASA Rover

Mars 2020 is a Mars rover mission by NASA's Mars Exploration Program that includes the Perseverance rover with a planned launch on 30 July 2020 at 11:50 UTC, and touch down in Jezero crater on Mars on 18 February 2021.

NASA

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Sublime Seagrass
39 Ways to Save the Planet

BBC

Simple and sublime seagrass meadows work naturally to absorb carbon. The leaves cause friction in the water and trap carbon from organic matter in the sediment. Yet industrial activity and pollution has damaged and reduced the extent of the meadows around the UK coast.

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Nasa's Perseverance rover in 'great shape' after Mars landing

BBC

The American space agency has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.

"The good news is the spacecraft, I think, is in great shape," said Matt Wallace, the mission's deputy project manager.

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Wood for Good
39 Ways to Save the Planet

BBC

Trees soak up carbon dioxide, trees store carbon dioxide. So why not build with wood instead of concrete and steel? The usual reason is strength, but Dr Michael Ramage at Cambridge University has what he thinks is the answer- cross-laminated timber.

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How far right uses video games and tech to lure and radicalise teenage recruits

Guardian

John was 15 when a member of his Facebook group volunteered to become Britain’s “first white suicide bomber”. Another advocated attending Friday prayers at the local mosque and “slaying people where they stood”. Another wanted to firebomb the place of worship.

Ultimately, no blood was spilt. Police soon raided several homes linked to the group. John and a friend – also 15 and an adherent of far-right ideology – buried an arsenal of knives and machetes to ensure officers never found them.

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Announcing the Midlands Movies Awards 2021

Midlands Movies

What are we planning? Well, we all know the challenges faced in the last 12 months, but to give the awards ceremony the best chance of occurring we delayed our regular March event until later in the year. (Click here for full announcement)

So, in place of a crowdfunding campaign to cover costs beforehand, we’ve decided to put the event planning on hold but still get things moving by opening the awards to filmmakers as quick as possible.

When and where can I submit my film? With the above in mind, we’re therefore incredibly excited to announce on Friday 12th February we will open for submissions for the Midlands Movies Awards 2021 via FilmFreeway here

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Black Spartacus
The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture review – superb history of Haiti

Guardian

In January 1804, the West Indian island of Saint-Domingue became the world’s first black republic. The Africans toiling on the sugar-rich plantations overthrew their French masters and declared independence. The name Saint-Domingue was replaced by the aboriginal Taíno Indian word Haiti (meaning “mountainous land”) and the Haitian flag created when the white band was ceremonially ripped from the French tricolour. Two hundred years on, Haiti’s is the only successful slave revolution in history. It was led by Toussaint Louverture, a Haitian former slave and emblem of slavery’s hoped-for abolition throughout the Americas.

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It's not all Google Classroom: education and entertainment resources for children (and parents!)
Nottingham UNESCO of Literature

When the first lockdown happened last summer, and suddenly families were home-schooling, we found some useful online resources to support parents, particularly with reading and writing. These are still available, but here we highlight some that are available now, either new resources, or tried and trusted.

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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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