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SURF Awards for community regeneration – call for nominations

Deadline: 1 September 2014
SURF is currently welcoming applications to its 2014 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
The Awards are open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date.
The purpose of the SURF Awards is:
To recognise […]

Songwriting competition challenges sectarianism

Deadline: 4 October 2014
Dumb Ways To Think is a new songwriting competition, set up to challenge sectarianism, and to highlight the similarities between faiths and discourage negative beliefs and myths. A professional animation will be made based on the winning song.
Organised by Burnsong, the competition is free to enter, with a £1,000 prize for the winner, […]

Join in the fun at this year’s Family Arts Festival

Join in the fun at this year’s Family Arts Festival All UK arts organisations, large or small, are invited to take part in the Family Arts Festival between 17 October – 2 November 2014.
Last year’s festival included a mixture of voluntary and amateur groups alongside professional companies, totalling over 900 organisations putting on 2,300 events, and was a huge success.
Events cover theatre, art, music, dance, […]

RSC Big Amateur Weekend – 25 and 26 October

RSC Big Amateur Weekend – 25 and 26 October When: 25 and 26 October
Where: Stratford-upon -Avon
Join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for a weekend of workshops, masterclasses and backstage insights, tailor made for amateur theatre makers wanting to develop their performance skills and learn more about how RSC actors prepare, rehearse and perform.*
The weekend includes four workshops covering voice and text, movement, acting […]

Community Empowerment Bill – Your last chance to have a say

Community Empowerment Bill – Your last chance to have a say Deadline: 5 September 2014
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was put forward in Parliament on 11 June 2014, and sets out a plan for empowering all the people of Scotland – so that everyone can get involved and help make important decisions.
Recognising that Bills don’t always make for easy reading, and knowing how important it is that this Bill […]

Elgin Museum’s volunteer effort leads to award shortlist

Elgin Museum’s volunteer effort leads to award shortlist Scotland’s oldest independent museum, Elgin Museum, has made the shortlist of the Telegraph’s Family Friendly Award – from an original pool of 800 nominations!
The Museum displays objects from around the world (but especially from Moray) dating from before the dinosaurs to present day.
The Sunday Telegraph described Elgin Museum as “a perfectly formed gem, free to enter […]

Spotlight on . . . The Portobello ‘Big Beach Busk’

Paul Lambie from the Big Beach Busk tells us all about this annual event in Edinburgh’s seaside town, where “everyone’s a headliner”
How did the Big Busk start? “I moved to Portobello 5 years ago. My Granny was from Porty but in ten years of living in Edinburgh I’d barely ever been down to the beach. I […]

Calling budding Aberdeen poets aged 65+

Deadline: 29 August 2014
Aberdeen City Counci’s Wellbeing department, is asking city residents aged 65 and over to pen a poem based on the theme for National Poetry Day 2014 – ‘Remember’. 
The poem should reflect what ‘remember’ means to you, and the winning entry will be featured at the beginning of a Memory Walk due to […]

Mass participation music project commemorates WWI – with small grants available

Mass participation music project commemorates WWI – with small grants available Deadline: 30 September 2014 (for small grants)
Small grant support is available to community groups across the UK to mark the First World War centenary this November.
From 4 to 18 November 2014, communities around the UK are invited to join in a mass participation project to remember the impact World War One had on their local […]

Nationwide First World War centenary music project, The Last Post launches in Northern Ireland

Nationwide First World War centenary music project, The Last Post launches in Northern Ireland Arts non-profit organisation Superact has launched a nationwide First World War commemorative project in Northern Ireland called The Last Post, inviting people to come together and explore their First World War heritage and the impact it had on their families and communities.  
Community groups across Northern Ireland will research and share the stories of local […]
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