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Accelerated Literacy Through Podcasts Crowd Funding Project

Hothouse Theatre are launching their Crowd Funding bid to raise funds to pilot the Accelerated Literacy Project!

The project will use the creation of podcasts, audio reports and radio plays to help young people make up for lost school hours due to Covid-19.

We will need your help to make this happen!

Please support our Crowd funding bid!

You could even get yourself named in a Fake News report!!

All donations are welcome ... even the little ones!

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Autumn Youth Arts Programme

Here at Inspire Youth Arts we deliver a range of music, dance and digital projects and showcasing events. During the ongoing pandemic, we've not been able to do all the events we usually would but we have been able to move many of our regular groups and sessions to online delivery, with a few now offering in-person COVID -safe sessions too.

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New restrictions for Nottingham will help to save lives
A message from City Council Leader, Cllr David Mellen

The Government has placed the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire under ‘High’ restrictions from Wednesday 14 October. Tighter rules are needed because cases of the virus are increasing in the city and more people are being admitted to hospital. We are seeing cases of Covid-19 across all parts of the city and among all age groups. We have to do more to keep each other safe – and we have to act now.

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Muhammad Ali's Biggest Fight

Muhammad Ali was never one to back down from a fight. Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, he fought not only within the boxing ring, but also as a civil rights activist. Speaking truth to power, Ali expressed himself with force and forthrightness, becoming a global symbol of peace, freedom and equality.

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No White Saviors


We just know you shouldn’t be the hero of the story

No White Saviors is an advocacy campaign led by a majority female, majority African team of professionals based in Kampala, Uganda. Our collective experience in the development & aid sectors has led us to a deep commitment to seeing things change in a more equitable & anti-racist direction.

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Me runningy mouth again...

Can't help it. This celebrity white saviourism is sickening & problematic af. STOP IT!! Thank you @nowhitesaviors for highlighting this bullshit. Here's my 2 pence...

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Grace Before Jones
Camera, Disco, Studio

Nottingham Contemporary

A cross between fan-fiction, study and biography, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio departs from the iconic singer’s career and her collaborations with artists, designers, photographers and musicians to question black image-making and gender binarism as well as both performance and the performance of life.

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Looking for Female Filmakers of Colour

Smoking Bear Productions

Smoking Bear Productions is looking for female filmmakers of colour, with a focus on British-Asian and / or Muslim, to create very short films. It will likely be 30 seconds to a minute and used to discuss and explore discrimination, racism or mental health. It could be based on a personal experience, an issue that they would like to rethink in a visual story — or something else that fits the brief.

It would suit new and emerging filmmakers, especially those who are looking to step up or experiment with a new idea, but we are open to all levels if more experienced filmmakers would like to collaborate.

We can offer a small stipend, depending on the idea. Please email us at The deadline is 26th of October, 2020 and we will make the film in November 2020 for release in December 2020.


Bristol bus boycott

Meet the faces behind the UK's own 1963 civil rights movement

Noel Phillips

Sky News

On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech.

Three-thousand miles away on that same day in Bristol, Roy Hackett and two other black men organised a series of protests that would change not only their lives, but the entire country - paving the way for the first Race Relations Act in Britain.

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Black History Month


Crucially, this year’s Black History Month is a time to shine a light on our shared British history and tell the whole story honestly and truthfully, to decolonise and reclaim history, and tell stories from the perspective of all people – not just the rich white men in power. The felling of contentious statues and monuments is just the start, now it’s time to ask communities how colonial objects and symbols are used to tell the true story of history.

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Broadway Cinema Reopens


Broadway Cinema is an independent cinema in the city of Nottingham, England in the United Kingdom. It is located in the Hockley area. In 2009, it was rated as one of the best cinemas in the world by Total Film magazine.

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The Open: The People’s Exhibition

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

The Open is a yearly exhibition, which allows anyone from any background and experience an opportunity to enter their artwork for display, and if successful, exhibit their work at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. This show celebrates the creative talent of Leicester and the East Midlands and the people who make it.

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Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked

Mon 19 Oct – Mon 9 Nov

Nottingham Playhouse

A brand new festival of live and live-streamed shows.

We’re delighted to be ‘unlocking’ our doors for the first time since our closure in March, to host an exciting and eclectic festival of live and live-streamed shows. Whether you want to join us in person at Nottingham Playhouse, or watch from the comfort of your own home, there’s lots on offer for you to enjoy.

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Regina's Antartic Ice Marathon page

My dad Frank died of bowel cancer in 2006 after 3 years of chemo, aged 62 years old. Since then I have lost friends from bowel cancer in their forties. I want to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and raise awareness of early diagnosis.

I ran the North Pole marathon in 2017 and now I'm planning on running a marathon in the Antarctica in January 2021. I will hang up my marathon trainers when I run a marathon on all of the continents; just a few to go!

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I want to hold an online auction on the 1st December which is my dad's 14th anniversary. I would love to have at least 14 items to auction and the money will go towards my £30,000 target for Bowel Cancer UK. If you are in the position to donate a weird and wonderful prize I'd really appreciate it.

This year my fundraising has been very slow due to the current climate but my aim is to raise £10k before I go to the Antartica in December and another £10k by my birthday in April. Thanks so much for your continuous support x

The Joy Of Running

By Katie Holmes

Running is one of the best things you can get into. I’ve been running on and off for years, and while I still struggle to discipline myself to put my shoes on and head out the door, I can 100% say that every single time I’ve come back from a run, I feel great and am glad I went. Running for me really helps me clear my head and feel good about myself. But at least in Australia, it surprises me how few fellow runners I see at the oval, even on weekends with perfect running weather.

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Film Review: Redt'Blue

By Katie Holmes

Redt’Blue is a striking new documentary from local filmmaker Jay Martin, and investigates just why voters in Mansfield decided to elect Conservative MP Ben Bradley after almost a century of Labour support.

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What's on

Quad: Derby

QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, focussing on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, independent film and the creative use of emergent digital technologies.

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Youth Music Awards 2021 Next Gen roles

Youth Music

We're putting together a team to help us run the Youth Music Awards, taking place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at Troxy, London.

Last year we hired a team of young people to help us run the first-ever Youth Music Awards, as event runners, bloggers, photographers, videographers, social media managers, presenters and more (read about it here). This time, we're expanding!

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NBA Players Wear Special Lace Collars To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

THe Babylon Bee

LOS ANGELES, CA—NBA players are honoring the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week by wearing pretty lace collars just like Notorious RBG used to wear. In a touching show of respect for the late Justice Ginsburg, and in solidarity with her progressive cause, Lebron James and the LA Lakers took to the court yesterday wearing a stunning variety of delicate white collars inspired by RBG's wardrobe.

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National Trust details colonialism and slavery links

The National Trust has revealed how more than 90 of its properties have connections to slavery and colonialism.

The links - at 93 properties - are highlighted in a report commissioned by the charity to tell the history of colonialism and slavery at its sites.

Some, like Penrhyn Castle in north Wales, show how wealth derived from slavery was used for reconstruction.

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Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum Having Been Helping Asylum Seekers For 20 Years

Left Lion

“You helped me at a time when I didn’t have anyone to help me, when I was turned away, when all the doors were shut. I know you might say you were doing your job but I believe you acted on the will of God.” This is just one of many heartbreaking yet heartwarming comments from the Forum’s case studies.

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UoN Awarded The Times’ Sports University Of The Year


“From The Curious Novice To An Olympic Prospect”: UoN Awarded The Times’ Sports University Of The Year

For the second time in three years, the University of Nottingham has been crowned as best sports university according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

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An XR Rebel in Notts


I strongly believe in the culture of change, and making my immediate community a healthier, safe one. However, two years ago I realised that I must do more to prevent this crisis and to alert the authorities of the danger we face globally. That’s when I took civil disobedience seriously. That’s when I took action.

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Take your next step to a job in the charity sector


We advertise jobs on behalf of local voluntary and community organisations to support the sector in reaching a skilled and diverse workforce. We offer this as a free service to help reduce the costs of recruitment. If you have a vacancy to advertise within your organisation, submit a job via our webform.

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The philosophy of life – Humanity living on the precipice


Here in the UK, the presence of Black people in the British countryside landscape is an unwritten history and, not viewed as a policy concern, hence the prevailing narrative of the British countryside has always been a ‘white space’. This is despite the fact, history tells us there have been Black presence in the British landscape dating back the Roman and Tudor Times, while enslaved people have worked in stately homes and gardens now owned by the National Trust and Black soldiers have fought and died alongside the British army in the worlds wars.

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In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who first rose to national prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights for women, has died at 87 years old.

She began Harvard Law School as a young mother and one of only nine women in her class, and became the architect of a legal strategy to eradicate gender discrimination in the United States.

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Notts-Born Singer-Songwriter Natalie Duncan on Her New Album, Free


There aren’t many things in life that are a given these days. One exception, however, is the guaranteed beauty of a new album release by Notts-born singer songwriter Natalie Duncan. Free, which was released on 31 July this year, is Nat’s first full-length album since 2012, and is full of her customary soul-infused melodies and candid lyrics.

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Dance and art in the age of COVID with Jamal Sterrett Phoenix

City Arts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on artist Jamal Sterrett Phoenix’s practice. This blog is the second in our #WINDOWONTHEWORLD series which offers a platform to artists who have taken a non-traditional route into the arts.

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Black Lives Matter activists call for Met commissioner to step down


The Metropolitan police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is facing calls to step down from Black Lives Matter activists who say she has “failed to acknowledge” racism within the force.

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