Friends and family of Gemma Newman have got together to run this fabulous event to raise funds for Gemma’s continuing treatment after she suffered a bleed to her brain in May 2014 and lost her mobility, speech and memory. Gemma is fighting back but it is a long road and takes a lot of intensive, expensive therapy.
With so much talent in Yorkshire, friends decided to stage a special Yorkshire Has Talent evening in Wetherby. Auditions take place on 7th and 14th December. Rehearsals are on 4th January and the full show is on 10th January, in front of celebrity judges. There’s also a £500 cash prize!
So, if you have a talent, prepare to show it off! Book your audition now by contacting:
Our Handmade Collective in The Grand Arcade is holding a Christmas Shopping Event on Thursday 4th December, 4 – 8pm – More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!
There will be live music in the Arcade, 10% discount on most items in the shop, and in the run up to the event they are running a competition where 10 pairs of earrings can be won – winners will be picked at random throughout the evening. And, if you wear a Christmas jumper you get a prize! Plus there’s a raffle with prizes totaling over £200.
Fellow Grand Arcade retailers are also participating, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Save the Grand Clock appeal.
Full details can be found on Our Handmade Collective’s facebook page.
Chapel Allerton businesses have got together to put on a promotion where one lucky person can win a great Christmas treat. Participating businesses are all donating £20 in vouchers to spend in their shops, and the winner takes all!
Twelve businesses are taking part, including Armadillo Toys, Crust & Crumb, Radish, Chirpy, The Fruit Shop, Neil the Butcher, George & Joseph, Opposite, Margot and Miller, Glasshouse Gallery and Angels Too. And, still more businesses could join the promotion – so that’s at least £240 in vouchers!
Just pick up a loyalty card from one of the shops and collect 10 stamps from at least four different businesses, with a minimum spend of £5 for each stamp. Then hand the completed card back into one the businesses.
Look out for the posters in the shop windows. The prize draw will take place on the 20th December.
On 28th June, Script Yorkshire presents an exciting evening of new writing at The Theatre Royal Wakefield, in celebration of its their 25th Anniversary. A region-wide 25th Anniversary Competition for Script Yorkshire members will result in five professionally shortlisted, directed and performed 15 – 20 minute plays.
All plays have a cast of professional actors and are directed by Dominic Leclerc ( Coronation Street, Shameless and currently working on BBC TV The Village 2 with John Simms and Maxine Peake). Dominic is sourcing actors for the event. The five shortlisted pieces will be judged by a panel including Gary Brown (Royal Court Theatre), David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin), Ian Kershaw (Shameless, Casualty, Holby City), and Lisa Holdsworth (Fat Friends, Midsomer Murders). Patrons, development producers, industry professionals, writing organizations, writers and regional drama makers and practitioners have been invited to attend.
So come and join us and help celebrate the evening and watch an exciting selection of new work. (Winner will be mentored by BBC’s Gary Brown to develop their piece into a full-length play). The theatre bar will be open for drinks and networking from 6pm and the performances begin at 7pm.
Tickets are £5 (£2 concessions and Script Yorkshire members).
The Hepworth Wakefield is one of ten finalists for the Art Fund’s ‘Museum of the Year 2013’ prize, the largest UK arts prize, which celebrates the UK’s best museums and galleries.
As part of this, the Art Fund Prize has organised a nationwide competition to find the best photograph inspired by the finalists and The Hepworth is inviting visitors to submit their Hepworth-inspired photographs for a chance to win.
The winning picture will capture the spirit of the museum. It could be the building, the works of art or the people. It could be serious or humorous, a snap or a carefully considered composition – it’s up to you.
The Art Fund will choose its favourite image from each of the ten museum finalists, then ask the public to choose the overall winner.
The winner will receivean iPad mini; aNational Art Pass (free & discounted entry to UK museums and art galleries for a year);an image published in Art Quarterly, the Art Fund’s magazine; and two tickets to the Museum of the Year ceremony on 4th June at the V&A, London.
Get inspired with The Hepworth Wakefield’s Photography Weekender at May Bank Holiday (Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May). Visitors of all ages can take part in free workshops and photography demonstrations to help capture what The Hepworth Wakefield means to you.
MPs and e-skills UK recently launched the seventh Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11.
This year’s competition has been specially designed to help children use the internet safely and creatively. Staying safe online is an important skill even for primary age children, and the competition helps them learn how to make the most of the internet without putting themselves at risk.
Children will be asked to create an infographic – a digital poster – that tells other people what they’ve learned and how they too can be safe on the web. This reinforces the learning and helps spread the word about using the internet securely.
£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists, with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2013.
“I encourage all of the local primary schools to get involved with Make IT Happy this year”, said Greg Mulholland MP for Leeds North West. “I’m confident that pupils will enjoy the chance to work together on such an exciting and relevant project, as well as having the opportunity to win cash prizes for their school.”
The competition is run by the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. It is backed by almost 100 MPs from across the UK.
The Ninth International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 2nd June. This is the first time the convention has comes to Leeds and promises to be a fabulous event.
Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention presents a dazzling array of the very best in hip hop dance, with local crews opening the show and featuring stunning performances from France’s Vagabond Crew, who won both Battle of the Year and the UK Bboy Championship in 2011, andClash 66 (France & Korea). As well as breaking and popping, audiences can see different hip hop dance forms, including locking and b-boying, plus newer styles.
The actual show starts at 7.30pm, but the fun starts at 3pm in the foyer with all kinds of hip hop events – there will be rap battles, breaking and street dance battles, workshops and DJs and other family activities – and this part is absolutely free. The theatre will be open right through to 12.30am and there’ll be an after party at Sedgwick Avenue.
March is a month for mischief and Opera North is creating mayhem by offering readers of North Leeds Life’s website five family tickets to Cautionary Tales!, musical moral tales with a twist.
Bad boys and girls including lying Matilda, runaway Jim and daredevil George will entertain you with their disobedient ways and dreadful ends. Full of colourful tunes and stories, this is a lively short piece of musical theatre for all the family based on Hilaire Belloc’s original tales and is an ideal introduction to opera.
Suitable for children aged 5+ and their families. Duration: approx 60 mins.
photo: Robert Workman
Enter now to win one of five family tickets to see Cautionary Tales! between 2nd – 6th March at the Howard Assembly Room.
To enter the competition answer the following question:
Who wrote the original Cautionary Tales for Children?
Subject to availability, the family ticket is based on two adults and two children and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. The winners will be picked at random on Wednesday 29th February and will be contacted via telephone.