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Doors Open Days Perth Soutar House
Soutar House, which will be open to the public for the first time in five years this Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm, as part of Doors Open Day.
Soutar House is the family home of William Soutar, Perth’s famous poet who was born in Perth in 1898. An accomplished writer, poet and diarist Soutar was struck down my illness at a young age and spent the last 13 years of his life confined to bed in the house on Wilson Street. Most notable writers of Soutar’s day called at the house and found him alert and welcoming but increasingly immobile. The house remains as a permanent memorial to his life and work.
Visitors can see Soutar’s room and appreciate his life in Perth through the exhibition, art and of course his own words in every room. Readings of his poetry in Scots will be given by the Friends of William Soutar throughout the day.
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Conservatoire will be accepting applications soon from students to start working within the Transitions 20/40 programme from September 2015. In total it will be looking for 168 talented and dedicated students to join the programme in 2015/16 across dance, drama, music, production and screen.
Transitions 20/40 seeks out and develops potential performing and production arts talent from the most deprived Scottish postcode areas. Transitions 20/40 also offers tuition fee and travel support to take part in Royal Conservatoire workshops, classes and short courses in preparation for audition or interview for training at a higher education level.
The deadline for applying for the 2015/16 cohort of dance, drama, music, production and screen students is Friday 5 December 2014.
Local TV invite for five Scottish locations
Ofcom today invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations – Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent.
The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV.
Five local TV channels are now broadcasting. The first of these was Estuary TV in Grimsby, which launched in November 2013. The first local TV channel in Scotland (STV Glasgow) launched in June this year.
The closing date for applications for the Scottish areas of Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Forth Valley and Inverness, and the English areas of Carlisle and Stoke on Trent, is 23 October 2014.
As well as broadcasting on digital terrestrial, it is anticipated that local TV channels might choose to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
Local TV stations
The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in May 2012. In the first phase, Ofcom awarded 19 local TV licences.
Ofcom has already invited applications for 18 locations in the second phase of local TV licensing. During this phase, licences have so far been awarded to Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Mold, York, Cambridge, Swansea, Guildford, Reading, Salisbury, Maidstone and Tonbridge, and Basingstoke.
Countdown to 2014 Edinburgh International Culture Summit
WITH less than four weeks until the 2nd Edinburgh International Culture Summit gets underway at the Scottish Parliament, it is set to be a unique and memorable event. Award-winning a cappella vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, described by Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors, will close the Summit with an uplifting showpiece during the closing ceremony on Tuesday 12 August 2014.
Culture Ministers from all corners of the globe will join an impressive array of arts leaders and cultural experts in an inspiring programme of lively discussions, presentations and performances. The programme features a stellar line-up of speakers including Benjamin Barber from the City University of New York, Nandi Mandela, business woman and grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela; and Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.
Other speakers include Simon Anholt, the world’s leading authority on national image & reputation, and a world leader on ultra-wide scale human engagement; Danilo Santos de Miranda, Sao Paolo Director of Brazilian arts funding agency Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC), will talk on the success of the SESC Funding Model; and Australian-based poet, philosopher and artist Paul Carter will present on ‘Place-making and Storytelling’.
Set during the largest annual celebration of the arts in the world, Edinburgh’s summer festivals, the Summit’s belief in the ability of the arts and culture to unite and connect will be echoed on the streets of Edinburgh amongst hundreds of international performers and visitors.
Supporting the Summit and adding extra colour and depth to the theme, ‘Culture – A Currency of Trust’,will be new programme partners the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI), launched in 2000 by His Highness the Aga Khan; Asialink at The University of Melbourne; and the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Committee on Culture – Agenda 21. These partners will widen the reach and range of the Summit’s global cultural conversations.
There will be special presentations from Kent Larson, director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab’s Changing Places Group on the latest tools and templates used for analysing urban environments, and French-Vietnamese artist, choreographer and writer Ea Sola will give a personal reflection on her work in ‘Choreography of imagination, Body and Memory’.
The Summit will open on 10 August 2014 with a performance from world-renowned musician Jordi Savall accompanied by Hespèrion XXI musicians performing works from the cosmopolitan traditions of peaceful co-existence inspired by the Caliphate of Cordoba.
Commenting ahead of the Summit, Sir Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival and programme director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, said:
“The Edinburgh International Culture Summit is a forum in which artists and leaders come together to discuss substantial, global issues of mutual interest, during the Edinburgh International Festival. It is a great pleasure to welcome politicians and practitioners from across the globe to Edinburgh at its most diverse and dynamic – to a wonderful city, in ‘full Festival’ flow.
“The Summit exists to make the argument for culture and the arts as an essential enlargement of the circumstances in which we imagine our lives.
“I wish you well in your deliberations at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, and hope that your time in Scotland is inspiring and rewarding.”
Speaking ahead of the event, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer, said:
“You only need to walk into our main hall and see the crowds gathered for the Great Tapestry of Scotland to understand the power culture has to engage people.
“It is therefore our great pleasure to host the 2nd Edinburgh International Culture Summit. We are delighted to offer members of the public this rare opportunity to hear from eminent speakers as they explore the power of culture on nations. It is particularly exciting to be able to offer the public the chance to hear world-class musicians performing in our unique Debating Chamber.”
The 2014 Edinburgh International Culture Summit runs from 10 to 12 August 2014.
Big Big Sing Glasgow Green Live Zone This Sunday
Big Big Sing is a UK-wide celebration of singing, encouraging the nation to start enjoying the health and well-being benefits of singing. Following a full programme of events, workshops and flashmob choirs across the UK during 2014, Big Big Sing invites everyone, no matter their age or ability, to join in a spectacular free day of singing and fun at the Big Big BIG Sing at Glasgow Green Live Zone on Sunday 27th July from 8am to 9pm, as part of Festival 2014.
On the same day that the Glasgow 2014 Marathon starts and finishes at Glasgow Green, Big Big Sing will be rousing the whole Live Zone with a host of singing activities, ‘Come and Try’ sessions, entertainment and performances for everyone. At locations across the Green, there will be a Pied Piper enchanting the kids with songs and rhymes; a Musicals Marathon where you can join in singing favourite hits from the musicals; ‘Come and Try’ sessions teaching singing in different styles, including Gaelic mouth music, Indian singing and beatboxing; a tea song and dance for those who prefer a more sedate tempo; and Song Stages featuring performances by choirs from across the country. As well as the packed programme of events, a cast of roaming performers – including Valkyries and a singing horse – will be entertaining kids and adults alike throughout the Green all day.
At 3.30pm, Big Big BIG Sing will take to the main stage and really get the party going, bringing the crowd together as one enormous choir to perform popular classics and learn songs from Big Big Sing’s Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, a collection of great songs from across the globe.
Big Big Sing’s exuberant team of choir leaders, led by Stephen Deazley and Eugene Skeef, will have everyone singing Commonwealth-style, with songs from Kenya, India, South Africa and Scotland and leading rousing renditions of classics including Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Bill Withers’ Lean on Me and hits by Jackie Wilson and Bob Marley. They’ll be joined by the uplifting Soul Nation Choir, internationally renowned beatboxers Jason Singh and Bellatrix, and the brilliant Big Big Sing Band. Also performing will be the winners of Big Big Sing’s schools’ song writing competition: Loch Primary School sings Jump, Swim, Run and Shannon McLean, Evelyn Martin and Lucy Howie from Balfron High School perform Life’s a Game. The afternoon will conclude with a unique mash-up of music from throughout the day, merging singing styles and traditions in a spectacular finale.
To complete the fun and bring the Big Big BIG Sing Day to a close, there will be a one-off sing-a-long screening of Singing in the Rain!
Director of Big Big Sing, Svend Brown said:
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the whole fun Big Big BIG Sing to Glasgow Green as part of Festival 2014 in July – there truly is something for everyone and to hear all those people singing together, whether it be the Bob Marley classic ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’ or one of the beautiful songs from the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, it promises be an extremely happy and moving occasion. Glasgow Green Live Zone welcomes everyone to come join in the 2014 experience. What could be more perfect?
“All the Big Big Sing events we have had so far this year have been wonderful, and the people we have met who have taken part have been inspiring in the sheer enthusiasm they’ve shared with us. We know many of them already have their plans set to join us on the 27th for what is set to be a momentous day of fun and singing.”
Previous Big Big Sing attendee and member of Musselburgh’s Clark Community Choir, Irene Grant said:
“Members of our choir attended the Big Big Sing in the Usher Hall in February. We all came away buzzing with excitement at the atmosphere created on the day by Stephen and Eugene and the inspirational songs they taught us. We all had such a wonderful day and we will most certainly be at the Big Big BIG Sing in Glasgow on 27th – we have hired a bus for 35 people so we will be there in force! We can’t wait for a whole day of singing and being happy.”
Big Big Sing is an initiative of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, and is set to be one of the highlights of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. The project is funded by Glasgow 2014, Creative Scotland, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and the Spirit of 2012 Trust (Spirit) (set up by an endowment by the Big Lottery Fund).
BIG BIG SING – HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Big Big Sing’s online singing portal – www.bigbigsing.org – provides a wealth of materials and information for those looking to take up singing. The site includes a searchable database of choirs, the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook with lots of learning and teaching resources, a guide on how to set up your own choir, a playlist of performances by choirs and singers from around the Commonwealth and details on all Big Big Sing events.
For further details on everything that’s happening at the Big Big BIG Sing Day at Glasgow Green Live Zone on Sunday 27th July visit www.bigbigsing.org and keep up-to-date with Big Big Sing on Facebook and Twitter.
Harley Davidson in the City
Motorcycles filled the streets of Brechin for the third Harley Davidson ride out in the city. Bikes of all shapes, sizes and makes took part in the ride out today which left Brechin at 12 noon for the third ride out to the home of the Davidson name in Angus Alexander and Mary Davidson’s cottage in Aberlemno. Alexander Davidson left for America in 1857 and it was his three grandchildren who helped start the company which would become such a famous brand. Local retailers helped by displaying black and orange balloons outside their premises and the closed streets allowed a carnival atmosphere in the city.
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Worlds longest land based water slide Brechin Angus
Worlds longest land based water slide Brechin Angus. At 200 metres downhill it may have been the worlds longest land based water slide but possibly not the fastest depending on how the laws of physics were treating you. However there was certainly no shortage of people young, old and possibly insane enough to keep throwing themselves at the challenge. Organised by Bravo Brechin the waterslide took place on the same day as the Harley Davidson motorcycle ride out to the home of the Davidson name in Angus.
Brechin’s City Road was closed for the challenge and everyone certainly got into the spirit of the day with a carnival atmosphere in Brechin – even the local Caledonian Railway put on a special Frying Scotsman service serving Fish and Chips on the train.
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