Artists and performers from more than 20 countries converge as Brighton Festival kicks off this weekend, promising a spectacular, vibrant cultural explosion across more than 130 events. Celebrated Malian musician Rokia Traoré is the guest director for Brighton Festival 2019, the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England.She promises storytelling at the heart of a wide-ranging, diverse and international festival, encouraging audiences to meet, listen and pass on their experiences.Running from May 4-26, it promises a space for contemporary expression from around the world. See who's coming to the Brighton Festival The importance of respect for all cultures and for nurturing the next generation of artists will be the heart and soul of this year’s programme, offering new and unexpected events across 25 venues and locations across Brighton, Hove.Rokia has built her own series of events as the spine of the festival.Coming up, under her auspices, are:Né So, … [Read more...] about Get ready for Brighton Festival 2019!
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The line-up for this year’s Platform Festival has been unveiled and it features some of the best music and comedy from around the UK and beyond. The Shires, Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, and Lucy Spraggan are among the acts to play the festival which is on from Wednesday July 10 to Saturday July 13, Now into its fourth year, Platform Festival is brought to you by Pocklington Arts Centre and sees thousands of people descend onto the town’s old railway station for four days of live music and comedy in an event like no other.Centre director Janet Farmer said: “Platform Festival is without doubt one of the highlights of our live events programme.“The festival has a unique and intimate atmosphere and has what we believe to be one of the most dynamic & diverse line-ups we've programmed.“We look forward to building on the success of previous years where we have welcomed the likes of Lucinda Williams, KT Tunstall, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ross Noble to the … [Read more...] about Yorkshire’s Platform Festival headliners revealed
Well, what to make of that… Elf the Musical – a Christmas celebration as it was billed. Judging by the dress adopted by the Nottingham patrons, there was no lack of Christmas spirit on show here to make Santa’s sleigh soar above the New York skyline. If you're anything like me, when you think of the festive season one of the first agenda items is to fish out the Elf DVD from the cupboard, insert it into the drive and watch on with glee. Would it be a worthy sibling, or a trashy copy that lacks any real substance? So, heading to the Motorpoint Arena on Friday evening, I was curious to see how the stage adaptation of the 2003 hit film would play out. And growing up, I always had a rather large soft spot for Martine McCutcheon – yes, OK, I still do. But what of Buddy, the main character in the story which starts life in the North Pole before moving to New York City? On this leg of a mammoth national tour, Buddy is played by Tam Ryan – who in fairness is the … [Read more...] about Review: Was Elf the Musical a magical Christmas show or a festive turkey?
North Shields RFC 28-19 Sunderland With a number of fixtures in the Durham & Northumberland divisions falling foul of the winter conditions, it was a cold crisp day at Preston playing fields for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.Sunderland knocked on from the kick-off and the Blue & Whites began to put together some decent phases of possession. Sunderland’s defence was well organised and they got an attacking lineout in a good position. The Mackems took advantage and a converted try gave them a 0-7 lead.. Shields attempted to respond but ill discipline and several handling errors allowed Sunderland another opportunity to use their set piece to good effect. From a five metre scrum they walked the ball over the line, the conversion making it 0-14. Shields remained positive and they reduced the arrears when Simon Ayre found Ricki Hasnip who delivered a great cut out ball to put the speedster in space for him to go around the outside and touchdown in the corner, … [Read more...] about Shields hit back for festive cheer
Leinster 42 - 15 Bath Dublin city was awash with Christmas parties tonight but few could have matched Leinster's Heineken Champions Cup knees-up at Bath's expense for intoxicating thrills.The reigning European champions, no doubt aware that they trailed Toulouse by seven points in Pool One after the French's side's bonus-point win over Wasps earlier in the day, knew they needed a statement of their own before the sides meet in round five next month.Toulouse have been in scintillating form at home and abroad since bettering Leo Cullen's side by a single point on the continent back in October but the hosts showed here that they have not lost their ability to blow sides out of the water.Bath had frustrated Leinster for long periods at the Rec a week earlier, their ability to poach at the breakdown and fly out of the defensive line making for a tight and tense affair that the province just about edged 17-10.It looked like being more of the same here when, with only three minutes played, … [Read more...] about Leinster get into festive spirit with win against Bath