Nepal promo film for Brighton benefit gig

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A short promo film to highlight the Nepalese earthquake and promote the Knees up for Nepal fundraising gig at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June. The interview is with two Nepalese members of the Sussex Nepalese Society and features music from bands Oscillator and Fat 45 who will be performing on the night, alongside The Gyratory Allstars.

The event will help support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee in the region.

Thanks to filmmaker Si Mitchell for donating his time. Si Mitchell is an award winning print journalist and founder member of the Guerillavision Collective, Si’s first documentary (Big Rattle in Seattle), shot among the teargas, blood and the tears of the 1999 Seattle barricade of the WTO was selected to open the San Francisco Doc Festival in 2000 and was broadcast worldwide.

Gyratory Allstars join Knees up for Nepal Benefit gig line up in Brighton

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We’ve got another great band to add to our Knees up for Nepal line up on Friday 19th June!

The Gyratory Allstars are a Soul Funk 8 piece who include ex-members of chart topping soul jazz-meisters Definition Of Sound, Rub Ultra and the Stomp world tour.

Don’t forget you can buy advance tickets for the benefit gig through The Latest music bar booking line.

Free families workshop with Mass Observation Archive this Saturday

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Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep archive in Falmer, East Sussex
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available

Fun activities led by young people exploring how we can record our everyday lives in 2015

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Event part of Mass Observations 12th May Day Diary Project
Mass Observation; an archive of everyday life in Britain

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History on Your Doorstep Project

The Highway, Mouslecoomb, 1930s. Royal Pavillion and Museums, HATMP902055.

An 18 month Heritage Lottery Funded project using The Keep resources is underway!  The project aims to collect contemporary archival material of the local area around the Keep.

This spring History on Your Doorstep is offering FREE oral training to learn how to interview, edit and the ethics of oral history. You will be able to interview and be interviewed and this will contribute to a digital time line, telling the rich history of this area. The training begins on Thursday 23rd April and runs every Thursday.

We are also working with local schools to record the history of Moulsecoomb through local residents.  We are holding a special interview day on Friday 8th May- working with our local secondary school Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.  It’s free to join in, and all interviews will be recorded at The Keep with complimentary afternoon tea from local community café The Bridge.  Transport to and from The Keep can also be provided.

If you would like to contribute, or for more information, email Lynn.Tye@eastsussex.gov.uk or telephone 01273 336506.

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How to find us: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP
http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/getting-here
Tel: 01273 482349
Recording the Everyday
Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available

Nepal Benefit gig – Knees up for Nepal

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Strike a Light is organising a benefit gig to help support Nepal earthquake victims. We’ve got a great new Knees up for Nepal gig poster (designed by Tina Tighe).

Buy advance tickets for Friday 19th June’s Knees up for Nepal benefit gig through The Latest music bar booking line:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319606

The event will be a jam-packed night of live music, comedy, cabaret, comperes and a DJ set, all taking place at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June 7.30pm-2am. Save the date! Come down and dance to a wealth of bands and performers including live sets by Fat 45 and Oscillator.

Introducing …The Fat 45!

A blistering eleven piece big band bringing back the dance music of the 1940’& 50’s with their slick quiffs, sharp suits, swingin hips & high heels. Crowned by the rich soulful voice of Dale de Ville, the Fat 45 play rock & roll, rhythm & blues and jump jive, setting the dance floors alight wherever they go, guaranteed to make every party shake, rattle & roll…

Oscillator will be also be playing at our Knees up for Nepal benefit gig on Friday 19th June. Get yer dancing shoes on!

Ska-hugging Beat Poetry with Turbo-Dance Grooves. Oscillator fuse a multitude of influences including Ska, Electro-Funk, Psychedelia, Beat Poetry and Jazz, with words that will touch you high and low and follow you all the way home!

More event announcements to follow soon…

Don’t forget to vote today!

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Don’t forget to cast your vote today!

In particular, the women of Britain. Women only got the vote in Switzerland in 1974!

In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed finally allowed women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. Although 8.5 million women met this criteria, it only represented 40 per cent of the total population of women in the UK.

The same act abolished property and other restrictions for men, and extended the vote to all men over the age of 21. Additionally, men in the armed forces could vote from the age of 19. The electorate increased from eight to 21 million, but there was still huge inequality between women and men.

It was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved the same voting rights as men. This act increased the number of women eligible to vote to 15 million.

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Strike a Light – New look website!

006-Tea Dance WRVSWe’ve been having a bit of a spring clean here at Strike a Light, and have changed the look and feel of our website.

It’s our first proper update since 2010! We think it’s cleaner and more fresh now. You’ll be able to find more functions, easier accessibility and a more obvious structure to it. We’re just rolling it out now, so bear with us whilst we check for glitches and what not, but hopefully they will be few and far between.

Social media is more obvious as it now sits on each page and you can catch up with our Twitter feed more easily. You can also see which themes are most popular on the Strike a Light site through our tag cloud. There are more photos, resources and text to look through too.

Get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions, we’re happy to keep on tweaking. And most importantly, we hope you like it!

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Fat 45 play Knees up for Nepal!

downloadJust confirmed for our fab Knees up for Nepal fundraiser is….. The Fat 45!

A blistering eleven piece big band bringing back the dance music of the 1940’& 50’s with their slick quiffs, sharp suits, swingin hips & high heels.

Crowned by the rich soulful voice of Dale de Ville, the Fat 45 play rock & roll, rhythm & blues and jump jive, setting the dance floors alight wherever they go, guaranteed to make every party shake, rattle & roll…

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Knees up for Nepal – Fundraiser for Nepal earthquake victims

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The organisation Strike a Light is organising a benefit gig to help support Nepal earthquake victims.

 

The event will be a jam-packed night of live music, comedy, cabaret, comperes and a DJ set, all taking place at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June 7.30pm-2am. Save the date!

Bands, performers, organisers and venue are volunteering their time to perform at this event, to help fundraise to support all those affected in the earthquake in Nepal. Arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light will donate all funds from the evening to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Music will be provided by three well known bands, who live and work locally, and who have agreed to do guest slots at the venue to support the fundraiser. Other acts will be a compere, comedy and cabaret, topped off with a DJ set to keep you dancing into the night!

More details of these will follow soon, so keep an eye on this page for regular updates!

“Donations will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee to help provide shelter for the homeless and food water and essential items to those who have lost everything.”

Advance tickets for this will be available direct from The Latest Music Bar on 14-17, Manchester Street, Brighton BN2 1TF (or will be later this week – so keep an eye out).

There will also be tickets available on the door on the night on a first come-first served basis. £10 (£8 conc).

For more information, or if you’re interested in helping out on the night, please contact strikealight@rocketmail.com

Bakers rise to bread workshop

Roll up Roll up- We made the Argus newspaper for our recent Bread Fayre as part of our Breaking Bread project! Our wonderful volunteer Lynn Tye who works at The Keep county archive is in the picture.

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Lynn Tye – Bread Fayre volunteer

A GOOD baker will always rise to the occasion – and that’s what organisers (Strike a Light) of a bread fayre did at a special workshop event. The fayre graced Brighton’s Open Market on Saturday with a selection of talks and workshops on all things bread baking.

As well as tasty dough treats and stalls, youngsters and their families were treated to storytelling activities and how-to guides on making brilliant batches of bread.

Traders were also invited to contribute to the event. They included cheery duo the Dough Brothers, who brought tasty offerings, and Alex Moran of Daily-bread.org.uk

Mediterranean bread workshop with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet

Some footage from a recent bespoke baking workshop run by our baker Alex Moran with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet (set up to promote good inter-community and inter-cultural relations in the Mediterranean regions of Europe) for Strike a Light.

The group made olive and orange bread with lots of olive oil – very mediterranean in flavour and very nice indeed!

Strike a Light will be running more bread baking workshops in the next month with Autism Sussex thanks to extra funding we’ve just received from the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

Thanks to Umit Ozturk of Euro-Mernet and Anna of Anna’s Kitchen for the images.

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