Urban Echo News 

Judging panel for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize announced

The judging panel for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize has been announced. Literary activists, Kadija George and Susheila Nasta, President of the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland of Soroptimist International, Margaret Oldroyd, and novelist and short story writer, Karen Onojaife, will begin the work of judging manuscripts in May. Kadija George is a literary activist of Sierra Leonean descent. She read West African studies at Birmingham University, then went on to become a freelance journalist. She has worked for the Centreprise Literature Development Project as the Black Literature…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

SUGGS: My Life Story in Words & Music

Madness front-man Graham McPherson brings his show Suggs: My Life Story to King’s Hall, Ilkley on Monday 25 April. Tickets have nearly sold out for this hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force, which has played to rave reviews. The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggered a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970’s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

Loving Grannies Music! Reviving the origins of South Asian folk music

Womenzone has recently secured a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £69,900 for an exciting heritage project, Loving Grannies Music, in Bradford. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the origins of South Asian folk music, a tradition that has changed over time in modern day Britain. Traditionally women recited folk songs and passed them down from generation to generation and there is a wide range of folk songs for every occasion from birth and weddings to festivals, fairs and religious ceremonies. Thanks to National Lottery…

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Arts & Entertainment Urban Echo News 

Leeds ‘mini Oscars’ celebrated in style

Now in its fifth year, the Golden Owl Awards showcase Leeds’ budding film talent with a glittering ceremony planned to take place in the city centre on 31 March. Organised and run by a partnership of Leeds Young Film Festival, Leeds City Council Artforms, and Armley-based communications agency Vista, the awards welcomed entries from individuals, schools and community groups aged 3-19 years all around the city, with a record number received this year. Entries ranged from stop motion animation to live action, and horror to comedy, and all of the…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

Kascarade unveil new album cover and launch gig details

Bradford Indy band Kascarade are gearing up to launch their new album “The start of it all” at a gig at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Great Horton Road, on Saturday 30th April. The band, formed five years ago, will be playing the full list of tracks from the album which has been made possible thanks to funding support from Brighouse-based metalworking firm Arkoni. The new album cover has been released and features a night time view of Godwin Street in Bradford City Centre looking towards the Odeon building….

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Destinations Lifestyle 

Ryanair launches record Leeds Bradford Winter 2016 schedule

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (30 Mar) launched its biggest ever Leeds Bradford winter schedule (2016), with a new route to Gran Canaria, a new winter service to Faro, and more flights to Ali-cante, Krakow, Lanzarote and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.1m customers p.a. and support 825* jobs at Leeds Bradford airport, as Ryanair grows by 20%. Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule will deliver: 1 new route to: Gran Canaria (2 wkly) New winter service to Faro (2 wkly) More flights to: Alicante (5 wkly), Krakow (4 wkly), Lanzarote…

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Urban Echo News 

Council to introduce free parking for low emission vehicles

Leeds City Council is to introduce free parking for residents who own green fuelled cars and vans. From today (Tuesday 29 March), owners of ultra low emission vehicles in Leeds will be able to apply for a permit for free parking. The 12-month permit will allow Leeds residents to park their environmentally friendly cars or vans for free in pay and display bays on the street and in pay and display bays in council run car parks. Ultra low emission vehicles include electric powered and hybrid vehicles that run on…

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Young men taking opportunity to learn skills

Eight young men aged 11 to 19 from Eccleshill have been awarded certificates for taking part in a programme to give them access to new skills and opportunities. The young men received their certificates at celebratory event which took place at the Ravenscliffe Youth Centre on 21 March. Certificates were presented by Ward Councillor Ann Wallace. The programme, called Man Up Opportunity Knocks, has been funded by the National Lottery Awards For All fund. Participants who complete all the activities gain an AQA (Assessment and Qualification Alliance) accreditation. The programme…

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Lifestyle More 

Exhibition celebrates 300 years of Temple Newsam’s beautiful landscapes

Visitors to Temple Newsam House can take a seat this week for a journey through 300 years of the estate’s beautiful landscapes. To mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of renowned designer Lancelot Capability Brown, the house will be launching a new exhibition entitled Visioning the Landscape- Temple Newsam 1622-1922. As part of the exhibition, which runs from March 25 until October 30, benches will be placed at strategic points throughout the house’s 43 rooms, giving visitors a chance to enjoy stunning views while surrounded by the museum’s outstanding…

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Owners urged to take action ahead of dog microchip law change

Owners can avoid the doghouse by microchipping their pet ahead of the law changing next month. From 6 April 2016 all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and the details stored on the microchip database must be up to date. Leeds City Council is calling on all dog owners and breeders to ensure their dogs are chipped if they aren’t already and to check correct details are registered with the appropriate microchip database. If not, the law gives the council new powers to issue notices ordering owners to…

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