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Sent: 19 May 2006 16:12
Subject: SEFAN:2006-05-19:02; GLEANINGS from Voluntary Arts England

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From: Voluntary Arts England <info_at_vaengland_dot_org_dot_uk>
Date: 19 May 2006 15:28:42 BDT
Subject: News from Voluntary Arts England


The Big Dance

dates: 15 - 23 July

The Big Dance is a week long celebration of dance taking place nationwide from 15th - 23rd July.  The idea is to encourage as many people as possible to take part in a wide range of dance activity  and fun dance events, and to promote dance as an art form.

Arts Council England is working with the BBC to promote the Big Dance and on Saturday 22nd July there will be a special programme on BBC 1 showcasing events taking place across the country, dance record breaking attempts and live coverage of a mass dance spectacular in Trafalgar Square.  Regional BBC radio will also be organising participatory events in the regions.

dance - on the radio??? Hey I'VE done it! 
Dance Sides and groups should start to lobby their local radio stations NOW! 1d x

Anyone can take part in the Big Dance and Arts Council are hoping to encourage as many individuals and organisations as possible involved in dance to register any dance activity they may be doing that week on the Big Dance web pages.  This can be activity already happening or activity you might want to develop specifically for the Big Dance.  Through registering you will be able to brand your activity as a Big Dance event and participate in this nationwide celebration.  

When you register you will receive promotional material and a listing on the regional page of the Arts Council website. Even if you don't have an event to register you can sign up for updates on what will be happening near you.  The following link will take you to the Big Dance homepage: 


Local Authority Arts Officers - all in one place

area: England

Voluntary Arts England is pleased to announce that the regional web-pages now have a comprehensive list of the Local Authority Arts Officers in England. 

It has been a bone of contention for some time amongst voluntary arts groups that there isn't one place from which to get a comprehensive list of Officers - but VAE has filled that gap by making the details available on the regional pages.

Just click into your region from the homepage and then choose the 'arts officers' option from the left-hand menu bar. 

As it has taken some time to compile the list, please help us to keep it up to date by emailing info_at_vaengland_dot_org_dot_uk if you know of any changes we should be aware of.



Russell Commission Charity 'V' Launched

area - UK

deadline - 9 June 2006

The charity to promote youth volunteering, established due to the findings of the Russell Commission, has recently launched.

'V' has two pots of money now open for applications. The first is to create new youth volunteering opportunities which are either part-time, full-time or short-term tasters, and the second to host a two-person team made up of a youth volunteer development manager and a youth volunteer adviser. All except for short-term tasters (with a deadline of 23 June) have an 'expression of interest stage' deadline of 9 June.

To find out more about the charity and the funding pots please see the website:


HLF Young Roots Programme

area - UK

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme has invested more than £11m in young people’s projects over the last three years and is currently open to applications. Young Roots grants are designed specifically for young people aged between 13 and 20 to get involved with heritage. Any not for profit group can apply and the HLF is happy to give advice with applications and information about their other funding schemes. There is no deadline and you can expect to have a decision within three months of submitting the application.
Visit their website at: 



Volunteers Needed

area - London

Salaam Music Village Festival 2006 – A Celebration of Arts & Culture from the Islamic World   

The Music Village Festival is Europe’s longest running Festival of World Cultures.  For over 20 years the Festival programme of free admission concerts, schools activities, exhibitions, workshops and talks has provided tens of thousands of people from all walks of life with positive and informed experiences of cultural traditions from over 60 countries.

Seeking volunteers to join the team, and assist in the following areas:
-Helping us in the office with the press campaign (sending out free tickets, data entry, flyering gigs and venues)
-Helping to set up sites/venues, and assisting with the clear-up after the event
-Being a visible point of information/direction for the public.  
-General stewarding duties. 
-Assisting with the sale of festival CD and programme
-Assisting with the distribution/collection of questionnaires
-Being supportive and flexible throughout – and above all,  enjoying being part of the team!

If you would like to join the team, and receive more details about exact event dates and times, please contact  Ulli Meinke
T: 020 7841 0500 
E: info_at_culturalco-operation_dot_org

Salaam Music Village 2006  is produced by Cultural Co-operation, Registered Charity No: 801111.



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