mailout: April/May 2012

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The April/May publication has over 50 pages of features, articles and information. Within this issue all our regular features plus:

  • Because We’re Worth It! national summit: Whether you attended or not get the overview of the spectacular day, from thought-provoking speeches delivered by Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive to physical performances showcasing how the participatory arts are embedding value in our communities.
  • Cultural Olympiad: Keeping a close eye on all the best and latest activities is our arts driven correspondent Kajol Lally who reports on the launch of WE PLAY in Preston, marking of the North West’s participation in the London 2012 Games. Other diverse and captivating projects featuring in this edition under the Cultural Olympiad umbrella is Heart ‘n’ Soul’s The Dean Rodney Singers, and Music in Prisons breaks down barriers to the London 2012 Games, allowing serving prisoners to add their voice to the celebrations.  Still on the same musical note is East Leeds FM – a radio station by Heads Together Productions proving how radio is the voice needed to regenerate an area in desperate need of culture and creativity. Knit2getherlincs tell us how yarnbombing, knitting graffiti and creating 200 metres of knitted Olympic track is encouraging the old and young to get their knitting needles at the ready.
  • Interwoven: Interweaving a lasting legacy in society, Mandinga Arts tell mailout about their two-year European project which documents the challenges and successes of international partnerships.
  • Celebration: Proving that this year is the year for celebration, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival is bringing us their own tellabrations – an annual festival embracing and sharing the diversity of European folktales. Library Theatre Company invites participants to create their own magical and imaginative journey through Storybox – a creative project which is engaging people with Alzheimer’s and dementia on a whole new wonderful level. Voluntary Arts announce their Epic Award winners, Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Buddy Beat. Donkey Stone Films talk about tackling the heart-breaking subject of homelessness, inviting hundreds of filmmakers from across the world to share their documentation of people living on the streets in their Homeless Film Festival.
  • Just when you thought the participatory arts had run out of creative juices we celebrate World Community Arts Day with a brief collection of activities.