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May is #lovetoCREATE month!

May is #lovetoCREATE month! This month, as part of our #loveto campaign, we are bringing a whole range of creative activities together under the hashtag #lovetoCREATE, so you can contribute your creative projects and creations via social media regardless of the medium or material! This broader celebration of creativity is to coincide with Voluntary Arts Week, our annual festival

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The Bard in Barrow – celebrating Shakespeare in Cumbrian style

The Bard in Barrow – celebrating Shakespeare in Cumbrian style Knitted beards, feathered caps and quills will be flourished in Barrow for an eight-month celebration of England’s finest wordsmith. Barrow Library and Up for Arts Cumbria have secured £15,000 from Arts Council England to support The Bard in Barrow, a festival of all things Shakespearean. It launches next Saturday 23 April – Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary –

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The Arts How To

Each month Arts Development Agencies across Northern Ireland are sharing the best online resources to help you develop yourself and your creative projects. This month is the first in the Arts How To series and the theme is Delivering Arts Activity – vital things you’ll need to know and think about as you are putting on

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April is #LovetoKNIT month!

April is #LovetoKNIT month! As part of our monthly #LoveTo campaign, in April we’re focussing on knitting: Knit yourself happy! The Woollen Woods is a fun way to bring craft and nature together, engaging communities with their local area, both as participants and visitors as they invite people to get creative with nature and spin a yarn about their

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Epic Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Epic Awards 2016 Winners Announced The Epic Awards 2016 winners were announced at Cardiff Castle on Saturday 2 April. The ceremony crowned not only the winners and runner ups for each nation (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England) but also winners of the Peer Award for Excellence, the People’s Choice Award, and the Awards for exceptional work with young people and people

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Get Creative Day at BBC Radio Merseyside

Get Creative Day at BBC Radio Merseyside Saturday 2 April 2016 at BBC Radio Merseyside 11am – 1pm (free drop-in) We’re showcasing the charity ‘Cinema for All’. We’ve got a blockbuster of an event for you, as we’re showcasing the charity ‘Cinema for All’ celebrating 70 years. Join us in our Performance Space at BBC Radio Merseyside on Hanover Street, Liverpool City

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DCMS launches The Culture White Paper

DCMS launches The Culture White Paper Today, 23 March 2016, the Department for Culture Media & Sport have launched the first White Paper for culture for more than 50 years. Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, launched the paper at an event in the Southbank Centre, London along with Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England;

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#lovetoMINECRAFT Challenge

On Saturday 2nd April 11-2pm at the Createathon in Ulster Museum, Belfast as part of BBC Get Creative Day NI there will be a special pop up Minecraft Challenge. If you #lovetoMINECRAFT then join us to create your version of a new future world looking ahead to 2116. What do you think the world will be

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Creative Cultural Forums

Creative Cultural Forums connect citizens interested in enabling positive cultural change beginning with ‘small acts of creative transgression’. In its recent work as part of the Our Cultural Commons initiative Voluntary Arts Ireland has been convening a range of conversational gatherings as a way of helping to form a healthy, creative and engaged civic society.

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March is #lovetoWRITE and #lovetoREAD month!

March is #lovetoWRITE and #lovetoREAD month! With March being the month of World Book Day (3 March) and World Poetry Day (21 March), Voluntary Arts’s #LoveTo campaign could not focus on anything else this month than reading and writing! Following the success of #lovetoUPCYCLE January and #lovetoPAINT February, which saw creative people sharing their art and projects on social media, March

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