Get festival ready with ‘Festival Spirit’

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Summer is just around the corner and many flock to festivals each year. Festival Spirit exists to help people with life-limiting illness or disability to enjoy their festival experience. Festival Spirit started in 2010 with their first festival being ‘Womad.’ The charity hopes to use festivals as a way of changing people’s lives positively. Music […]

Book Review: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is the debut novel by Gail Honeyman. The Costa Book Awards winner for 2017, it has also made number one on the Sunday Times’ Bestseller List. A world-wide success (and selected for the actor Reese Witherspoon’s book club) praise for Honeyman’s work includes: “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Disability in the Acting Profession

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How Do You Feel About Disability in Your Front Room? I was recently chatting with a friend about a documentary I had been watching. I knew the subject matter was something that really interested her, so was surprised that she had not engaged with it at all. When I asked why, her response really saddened […]

Diversity at London Fashion Week 2017

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Disabled models walk on the catwalk for the Teatum Jones show. The Autumn/Winter show was named ‘The Body | Part One’. The show is the brainchild of designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones. Models of the likes of 28-year-old Jack Eyers were in the catwalk. Eyers is a British para-athlete who became the first ever […]

Music Grants for Older People

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The registered charity, Concertina makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment […]

Arts Access and Participation Fund

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Through the Paul Hamelyn Trust grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Priority will be given to projects working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London. Two types of grant are available to support work at […]

Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016

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Partnering with Anglia Ruskin University, Changing Chelmsford are hosting our sixth Ideas Festival from October 19th to November 1st … and once again hosting an exciting and diverse range of events with something for everyone. There are some great new events, prestigious speakers and lots more venues. This year we are partnering with the RSA […]

Neighbourhood Cinema Launch

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For a trial period ERO Conference Centre Essex Record Office Wharf Road Chelmsford CM2 6YT is  screening great films as part of the Neighbourhood Cinema project run by the British Film Institute (BFI). During the months of October, and November 2016 you can see a variety of classic and recent films in the ERO lecture theatre. Tickets […]