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May Fayre Leicester 2006

[b]May Fayre, Castle Gardens, Leicester, Saturday 29th April 2006, 12 noon till 6pm - FREE event[/b]

The Beltane Spring Fayre Group presents:

A pagan approach to the traditional May Fayre, with maypole, Indian/Bhangra and Egyptian dancing, singer/songwriters, May Queen and Green Man, plus a bouncy castle, a ball park, face painters, and entertainers for the whole family. A sacred space will host a teepee and workshops representing earth-based traditional and new age spiritualities, with a labyrinth meditation space.

Amplifiers for local singer/songwriters will be powered by a bicycle generator* – get ready to pedal! There will be multicultural poetry, a magickal market, an alternative healing marquee and a handfasting or pagan wedding rite (at 4:30) to round it off.

A real ale stall, Asian food, tea, chai, veggie snacks, sandwiches and soft drinks will be available.
This event is free, except for alternative healing sessions (£6 or £4 unwaged/children), market stalls and refreshments.

For the latest information look up our web site, or email
*sponsored by Leicester Investment Fund for the Environment (LIFE)

Modern Art & Craft Fayre

But not your average run of the mill art & craft fayre!

After realising a new demand and need for unique modern hand produced goods in Leicester, local artist Angela Timson is organising this forthcoming event to give an opportunity for visitors to purchase high quality products direct from artist and crafters.
With over 35 stands items cover a full spectrum of arts, home wares, jewellery and accessories.

Come along on Sunday 12th March to the Leicester Racecourse, Oadby. Doors open at 10am – 4:30pm.

Free admission, ample parking, refreshments, and disabled access/toilets.
Raffle with great prizes kindly donated by local business, proceeds going to the Loros charity.

For more information please contact Angela Timson on 0116 2764081, 077922 15806 or email

Narrative Laboratory for the Creative Industries

The world of technology moves quickly. Choose to be on the cusp of new narrative and technological developments by joining the NLab Network. You will have the opportunity to attend four seminars geared to generating partnerships between small creative businesses and authors, poets, designers, and other creators. Creativity is the key for these four seminars and membership is free of charge. Find out more at
All seminars are hosted by the new Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, and include a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and workshops. Mandy Rose: Broadcasting & Publishing, Friday, 31st March 2006
Mandy Rose is editor of New Media for BBC Wales. She co-produced the BBC 2 documentary Video Nation before moving to Wales in 2001. The New Media Department produces websites and interactive television for Wales - and and for the UK - with a focus on public participation. It has pioneered digital storytelling in the UK through the Capture Wales project.

Suw Charman: Blogs, Communities, and Social Software, Tuesday, 25th April 2006
Suw Charman is blog consultant, journalist and author and has written for The Guardian, BBC Wales and the Melody Maker. She also blogs at Strange Attractor and HeardSaid, writes about Palm smartphones at All About Palm, and co-hosts The Movie Show podcast.

Ernest W. Adams: Games, Monday, 22nd May 2006
Ernest W. Adams is an independent game design consultant. He co-founded the International Game Developers Association, writes his Designer's Notebook column for Gamasutra, gives workshops and lectures, writes books on game design, and has 17 years’ experience in the game industry.

Ross Parry: Tourism and Heritage, Thursday, 29th June 2006
Ross Parry is Programme Director for the University of Leicester’s campus-based Museum Studies programmes. His research is in the area of ‘digital heritage’. Crossing the fields of history, art history, architecture, history of science and new media studies, Ross is interested in the relationship between new technology (including pre-digital technology) and the ways memory institutions, such as museums, manage information and display knowledge.

International Conference – July 2006
Network Members will also be invited to the NLab National conference planned for July 2006.

Email Jess Laccetti,, with the following information:
* how membership of NLab would contribute to your professional development
* your name, address, email, url, and artform / profession.

Please note that priority will be given to applicants from the East
Midlands, but if you live outside the region do still apply because we may
need your skills in the mix.

Deadline for applications: 1st March 2006
Notification of decision: 13th March 2006

NLab Team
NLab is managed by a team of writers and researchers at De Montfort University:
•Project Director: Professor Sue Thomas
•Project Manager: Gavin Stewart
•Research Assistant: Jessica Laccetti
•Consultant: Kate Pullinger

NLab is affiliated to the Online MA in Creative Writing & New Media - - and the PgDip in Publishing and New Media -
NLab was created with funding to De Montfort University from HEIF 2. HEIF 2 is a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry/Office
of Science and Technology (DTI/OST), HEFCE, and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Funds are awarded to support universities and
colleges in their third stream engagement with business and community partners, increasing their capability to respond to the needs of business,
public services and the wider community, and to transfer knowledge.

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Blighted Gigs

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[b]Blighted play the Anchor, Hathern... 10/02/2006![/b]

Blighted return for their first gig of 2006!

Come along and have a great time!

[b]Blighted play the Jack o' Lantern, Loughborough... 11/03/2006![/b]

Blighted once again play the Jack in Loughborough!

Come along and enjoy!

Talking works! New evening business networking group launching in Leicester

A new pay-as-you go evening networking group is starting up in Leicester to give local business people the opportunity to make contacts, generate business and share ideas in a relaxed environment.

The launch meeting of ‘Profitable Networking’ takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 26th October at the Holiday Inn Express, Raw Dykes Road - opposite Leicester Football Club’s Walker Stadium.
For just £7, payable at the door, all delegates will be given the opportunity to meet and swap details with each other and they’ll also get some from free marketing and promotional advice through the ‘Magic Marketing Moment’, which is to be a regular feature of the events.

The first 10-minute Magic Marketing Moment will be presented by Jane Smith, Director of Leicestershire-based PR and marketing agency LE16 Communications. Jane will be letting delegates in on a few PR secrets to help them make their own headlines in the local media.

Profitable Networking co-founder Victor Harrison said: “Profitable Networking provides a flexible way for business people to make new contacts without committing to constant attendance. There’s no joining fee – you just pay on the door – so delegates are welcome to come along as little or as often as they like. The evening meetings will also suit people who find breakfast networking difficult – or, like me, simply too early in the morning!

“We believe that business networking doesn’t need to be high pressure or target driven to generate business. Quite the opposite in fact. Our focus will be on supporting business people to meet with, talk with and learn from each other in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.”

Profitable Networking is a joint venture between local business skills trainer Karl
Craig-West and Victor Harrison, director of IT and mobile communications specialists Activity Domain Ltd.

For more information about Profitable Networking, or to reserve a place at the 26 October event, visit or contact Victor Harrison (01604 493600) or Karl Craig-West (0116 222 9041).

For more information please contact:

Jane Smith
LE16 Communications
07800 523077

Victor Harrison
Profitable Networking
01604 493600 or 07854 991508

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