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Imagine Eating Lemons by Jason Rhodes and illustrated by Richard Dearing

Author who struggled with extreme anxiety writes children’s book about the benefits of mindfulness
A brilliant introduction to mindfulness, Imagine Eating Lemons is wellness coach Jason Rhodes’ debut picture book. Children follow the journey of Chester Chestnut as he learns about his anxious thoughts and feelings, where they come from and how to control them.

With the events of the past few years, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine, children’s
feelings of anxiety have become heightened. Imagine Eating Lemons is hugely beneficial in helping deal with these feelings and a brilliant tool for teachers to discuss issues of mental health and feelings of worry and anxiety.

Having suffered from extreme anxiety himself for many years, Jason discovered the practice of
mindfulness and the benefits it can have for mental health. After leaving his profession in the
entertainment industry, he now focuses all of his time and energy on helping spread awareness of this life-changing practice.

Discussing the book, Jason says: ‘A children’s book, and this book in particular, can help to teach by
example. Instead of just telling a child about anxiety and breathing, it is much more powerful to follow
the journey of a character and learn through their actions.’

Brilliant illustrations by Bristol-based digital illustrator Richard Dearing bring Jason’s tale to life
and perfectly portray the dark and overwhelming feelings which Chester overcomes.
Originally self-published in 2018, this newly designed version of Imagine Eating Lemons brings this valuable and timely story to a wider audience of young readers.

Imagine Eating Lemons
Author: Jason Rhodes
Illustrator: Richard Dearing
Publication: 16 June 2022
Format: PB, 36 pages
Size: 250 x 250mm
ISBN: 9781802580891
Price: £7.99
Features:
• Follow the journey of Chester Chestnut as he learns about his anxious thoughts and feelings,
where they come from and how to control them
• Inspired by the authors own struggles with anxiety and how he learnt to cope with it
• A fun and engaging story, with an easy-tounderstand explanation of what anxiety is and ways
to cope with it
• A brilliant introduction to mindfulness for children aged 3-7
• A great tool to use in classrooms to discuss feelings of worry and anxiety

Make a splash this Father’s Day with 20% off matching dad and kid swimwear from Boardies®

Give him a Father’s Day to remember with matching dad and kid swimwear from Boardies®, made from quality quick dry fabric in vibrant designs, for dads who love the water and kids who think he is the coolest person on the planet.

The Boardies® Father and Kid range features swim shorts with pockets and a soft lining for dad which are a great fit and made from quick-drying, supersoft polyester fabric. The men’s shorts come in Classic mid-length or Shortie length. For sons there is a range of shorts in sizes from 1-13 years, t-shirts and SPF50UV rash guards.

For dads and daughters, swim shorts are teamed with matching girls’ swimming costumes from 1 – 13 years plus SPF50UV rash guards,  shorts, bucket hats and swimbags.

“Boardies® currently has over 25 matching, high-performance swimwear products for fathers and kids,” says Boardies® founder Nick Crook “,Boardies® represents good times, sunshine and making memories that will last a lifetime, so we hope that the new collection will offer some gift inspiration for Father’s Day”.

Readers can use the code FATHERSDAY20 to get 20% off any of the Father and Son or Father and Daughter ranges available online here: https://boardiesapparel.co.uk/collections/father-son

PANTO AUDITION for the cast of ‘Sleeping Beauty’: Sunday July 10th 2022

LP Creatives and The Ropetackle Arts Centre, invite you to join the cast of ‘Sleeping Beauty’!
We are seeking talented performers, both girls and boys (must be aged between 7–14 years)
to join The Ropetackle pantomime company. Singing and drama experience is desirable but not essential.

To register please fill in the online form in the link: form.jotform.com/221382293154352
ARRIVE FROM 10.30AM FOR REGISTRATION. FINAL REGISTRATION WILL BE AT 11AM. AUDITION will last approx 1.5 hours. All selected children must be available for all show performances – details of performances can be found on the theatre website.

All candidates should wear comfortable (and suitable) shoes and clothing and be prepared to dance on their own. We look forward to seeing you there!! Please note that children remain the responsibility of parents during this time who are welcome to stay in the cafeteria area for the duration of the audition. Thank you.

For more details about the show, see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shorehampanto. Please no phone calls
www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

 

Windmill Young Actors Summer School (City Centre & Hollingdean) | 8-12yrs & 13-16yrs

Windmill Young Actors Summer School (City Centre) for 8 – 16 yrs old
25 /07 – 28/07 | 10 am – 4 pm | Hanover Community Centre, 33 Southover St, Brighton BN2 9UD
To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/339987029357 

Windmill Young Actors Summer School (Hollingdean) for 8 – 16 yrs old
08 /08 – 12/08 | 10 am – 4 pm | Hertford Juniors School, 66 Lynchet Cl, Brighton BN1 7FP
To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/340034942667 

Join us for a week of  Drama, Movement, Clowning, Story Telling, Script Writing and Acting for Camera. Our summer school will introduce you to all the skills you need to become an Actor.

Our  tutors are trained, professional actors with lots of enthusiasm and experience, and you don’t need any previous experience to join. The emphasis is very much on having fun!

There are two summer school groups during the  week: Juniors (8 – 12 yrs old) and Seniors (13 – 16 yrs old).

For more info email [email protected] or call 07932776114
You can find out more about us in this short video here: https://vimeo.com/697437834 

Book soon to avoid disappointment !

Brighton Festival unveils The Riwaq – a bespoke colonnade on Hove seafront

 

Click here for a short film of The Riwaq build.

 

Click here for finished images of The Riwaq.

 

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz bring a unique architectural element to this year’s Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts space on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

 

The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade – is a semi-open space based at Hove Lawns providing a unique contrast and framing to the coast beyond. The bespoke horseshoe-shaped structure, a staple of Islamic architecture, spans almost 30 metres in diameter and serves as a transitional creative threshold between the surrounding city and the great outdoors. ­

 

The Riwaq will host an eclectic programme of free cultural and community events for the duration of the Festival, running 7 – 29 May. Local organisations and artists staging artistic takeovers include Best Foot Music & In-House Records, whose work celebrates international musicians and the power of creative rehabilitation; award-winning learning-disabled arts company Carousel; and Little Green Pig, showcasing young and underrepresented writers in Brighton & Hove. A wider programme of family events, spoken word and live music and dance performances takes place Wednesdays to Sundays – from Iranian storytelling to screen printing workshops to Bhangra dance sessions.

 

Click here to explore The Riwaq programme.

 

Marwa Al-Sabouni says:

“The Riwaq is often figuratively used in Arabic traditions as a referential space for culture and knowledge: the Riwaq of poetry, the Riwaq of culture, and so on. At Brighton Festival, The Riwaq is going to represent this transitional space of exchange. It will not only embrace the wonderful performances and events which will take place on its stage, but also host a wide array of great and exciting activities under its roof. The Riwaq will be buzzing, filled with visitors contributing and transforming it into a beautiful meeting spot on the charming seafront of Hove.”

 

Acclaimed author and architect Marwa Al-Sabouni is a Brighton Festival 2022 Guest Co-Director, alongside Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak. Her book, The Battle for Home, is a ‘visionary memoir’ and reflection on the role architecture plays in communities and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her latest book, Building for Hope, published by Thames & Hudson, explores how conscious rebuilding in the aftermath of conflict and crisis might contribute to enduring peace in an increasingly polarising world.

 

Marwa and Tristan have chosen the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year’s programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives.

 

The Riwaq is made possible with the support of major sponsor Moda Living, alongside additional support from Timber Development UK, setWorks, Webb Yates, DHH Timber and Vanessa Norwood.

 

Lydia Whitaker, Director of Marketing and Wellbeing at MODA Living said:

“The Riwaq project is an inspirational work based on the importance of bringing communities together, and the value of interaction and experience to wellbeing. This is at the heart of what we do at Moda, where we’re dedicated to building sustainable neighbourhoods that have a positive impact and promote collaboration between communities. We’re proud to be a part of the Brighton Festival and look forward to celebrating arts and humanity with people from all over the world.”

 

Brighton Festival celebrates a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.

 

Architectural and design highlights from this year’s Brighton Festival include:

Marwa Al-Sabouni (14 May)

Festival Guest Co-Director, Marwa Al-Sabouni will reflect on the role of architecture in constructing a future with more hope and less conflict. After running her private architectural practice in Homs until war broke out in Syria in 2011, Marwa decided to stay while many people with the means fled. One of her acts of resistance was to write the autobiographical, The Battle for Home (2016), putting forward her transformative idea that architecture can play a pivotal role in minimising conflict. 

In Conversation: Marwa Al-Sabouni & Mohamed Hafez (18 May)

Several years ago, Marwa Al-Sabouni came across artist and architect Mohamad Hafez’s work and was struck by its delicacy and sensitivity. As a Guest Co-Director for Brighton Festival 2022, Mohamad was one of the first artists Marwa proposed to stage his exhibition, Journeys From an Absent Present to a Lost Past, as part of this year’s Festival programme. Together for the first time, the pair explore themes central to their lives and work: architecture, home, beauty, and hope in the face of loss.

 

COP Conversations: What We Build – Diana Darke & Shahed Saleem (29 May)

Inspired by references to generational differences in Marwa’s latest book, Building for Hope, Brighton Festival explores the potential for finding revolutionary solutions via an inter-generational approach with curated Change our Planet (COP) online conversations.

 

Author Diana Darke’s Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe argues that architecture has a history of cross fertilisation and can potentially offer ways to heal the alienation that greets migrants across borders and to help new generations feel connected to the lands of their birth. Diana is joined online in conversation by architect and academic Shahed Saleem to discuss how architecture affects the way we live and how we find our place within the world.

 

Explore the full programme at brightonfestival.org

Photo by Jim Stephenson, Brighton Festval

Every body welcome: Brighton & Hove’s new home for dance The Dance Space is opening this July!

A 10-year fund raising campaign, one global pandemic and almost five years since construction began, Brighton & Hove charity South East Dance has today announced that the city’s first building designed especially for dance The Dance Space will open its doors to the public on 15 July, 2022.
Designed by award-winning architects shed km, and realised with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England and a host of private donors, The Dance Space is a stunning state of the art, contemporary, steel-clad home for dance, located in the new Circus Street development in the heart of Brighton & Hove.

The Dance Space will provide much needed creation, rehearsal and performance space for professional dance artists, and present a year-round programme of dance classes, workshops and events for the whole community.

Featuring two accessible ground floor dance studios, a first-floor creation and performance space, two meeting rooms and a floor of office space, The Dance Space is available to hire oo. Bookings are being taken now for people who would like to hire the space to host their own dance classes, events, meetings and conferences.

When the doors open to the public in July, celebrations will kick off with a very special edition of Our City Dances, a free festival of dance taking place in and around The Dance Space. A week of free taster classes will follow, offering people of all ages and abilities across the city a chance to have a go at a variety of dance styles, reflecting what will be on offer there year-round from September.
Cath James, Artistic Director, says: “We’ve waited a very long time to be able to finally announce this opening date and it feels incredible. The Dance Space will be a place where professional artists will create and present world class work, and people of all ages and abilities will be able to have a go at dance.

“The launch in July will mark a significant moment for Brighton & Hove, adding to the city’s vibrant and valuable arts scene and providing an important new cultural asset for the whole community to experience the joy and wellbeing that dance can offer every body.”
From April, South East Dance will start testing the building with a small number of classes, workshops and performances to make sure the building works for its users, before opening to the public in July.

More information on that and details of the full launch programme will be available soon.
For further information, interviews and images please contact Chloe Barker or Georgina Harris, Joint Heads of Communications at [email protected] or [email protected]

www.southeastdance.org.uk/
Photo credit: Summer Dean

The BLUEPRINT Circular Economy Roadshow

Discover our exciting week-long series of free virtual events from 9-13 May 2022!

Attendees will hear from councils, social enterprises, start-ups and more leading the way in circular economy development. Each session is free of charge, and you can attend as many or as few events as you like.

View the full agenda below and click on the event titles to find more information and register your interest. You can also contact [email protected] for more information.

Monday 9 May – Supporting local authorities’ transition to a circular economy

Inspiring local authority initiatives for a circular economy, 09:00-10:40
Lessons learned from cross-border circular economy projects, 11:00-12:30

Tuesday 10 May – Changing habits for a circular economy

Embedding the circular economy within education, 09:00-10:40
Making recycling in flat blocks & HMOs work, 11:00-12:40
Fostering a reuse and repair culture, 14:00-15:20

Wednesday 11 May – The role of materials in a circular economy

Can we remove waste from the construction industry?, 09:00-11:00
Creating a circular economy for food, 12:30-14:15
No more fast fashion: The role of textiles in the circular economy, 15:00-17:00

Thursday 12 May – Creating circular jobs and developing circular skills

What is the circular economy and what jobs can it create?, 09:00-10:00
The role of social enterprises in circular economy growth, 10:30-11:30
Training and skill development for a circular economy, 14:30-15:45

Friday 13 May – Moving beyond waste

Putting reuse and waste prevention on the map in local authority waste strategies – 09:00-10:30

projectblueprint.eu/roadshow
@blueprintinterreg

Architects bring Arabic colonnade to Hove
seafront as part of Brighton Festival 2022

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year’s Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade – will be a semi-open space based at Hove Lawns providing a unique contrast and framing to the coast beyond. The bespoke horseshoe-shaped structure, a staple of Islamic architecture, will span almost 30 metres in diameter and serve as a transitional creative threshold between the surrounding city and the great outdoors. ¬

An eclectic programme of free cultural and community events will take place at The Riwaq for the duration of the Festival, running 7 – 29 May. Local organisations and artists staging artistic takeovers include Best Foot Music & In-House Records, whose work celebrates international musicians and the power of creative rehabilitation; award-winning learning-disabled arts company Carousel; and Little Green Pig, showcasing young and underrepresented writers in Brighton & Hove. A wider programme of craft, wellbeing and family events, plus live music and dance performances will take place Wednesdays to Sundays – from Iranian storytelling to screen printing workshops to Bhangra dance sessions.

Marwa Al-Sabouni says:
“The Riwaq is often figuratively used in Arabic traditions as a referential space for culture and knowledge: the Riwaq of poetry, the Riwaq of culture, and so on. At Brighton Festival, The Riwaq is going to represent this transitional space of exchange. It will not only embrace the wonderful performances and events which will take place on its stage, but also host a wide array of great and exciting activities under its roof. The Riwaq will be buzzing, filled with visitors contributing and transforming it into a beautiful meeting spot on the charming seafront of Hove.”

Acclaimed author and architect Marwa Al-Sabouni is a Brighton Festival 2022 guest co-director, alongside Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak. Her book, The Battle for Home, is a ‘visionary memoir’ and reflection on the role architecture plays in communities and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her latest book, Building for Hope, published by Thames & Hudson, explores how conscious rebuilding in the aftermath of conflict and crisis might contribute to enduring peace in an increasingly polarizing world.

Marwa and Tristan have chosen the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year’s programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives.

The Riwaq is made possible with the support of major sponsor Moda Living, alongside the Timber Trade Federation and setWorks.

Lydia Whitaker, Director of Marketing and Wellbeing at MODA Living said:
“The Riwaq project is an inspirational work based on the importance of bringing communities together, and the value of interaction and experience to wellbeing. This is at the heart of what we do at Moda, where we’re dedicated to building sustainable neighbourhoods that have a positive impact and promote collaboration between communities. We’re proud to be a part of the Brighton Festival and look forward to celebrating arts and humanity with people from all over the world.”

Brighton Festival celebrates a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.

Additional highlights from this year’s Brighton Festival include:

Marwa Al-Sabouni (14 May)
Festival Guest Co-Director, Marwa Al-Sabouni will reflect on the role of architecture in constructing a future with more hope and less conflict. After running her private architectural practice in Homs until war broke out in Syria in 2011, Marwa decided to stay while many people with the means fled. One of her acts of resistance was to write the autobiographical, The Battle for Home (2016), putting forward her transformative idea that architecture can play a pivotal role in minimising conflict.

In Conversation: Marwa Al-Sabouni & Mohamed Hafez (18 May)
Several years ago, Marwa Al-Sabouni came across artist and architect Mohamad Hafez’s work and was struck by its delicacy and sensitivity. As a Guest Co-Director for Brighton Festival 2022, Mohamad was one of the first artists Marwa proposed to stage his exhibition, Journeys From an Absent Present to a Lost Past, as part of this year’s Festival programme. Together for the first time, the pair explore themes central to their lives and work: architecture, home, beauty, and hope in the face of loss.

COP Conversations: What We Build – Diana Darke & Shahed Saleem (29 May)
Inspired by references to generational differences in Marwa’s latest book, Building for Hope, Brighton Festival explores the potential for finding revolutionary solutions via an inter-generational approach with curated Change our Planet (COP) online conversations.

Author Diana Darke’s Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe argues that architecture has a history of cross fertilisation and can potentially offer ways to heal the alienation that greets migrants across borders and to help new generations feel connected to the lands of their birth. Diana is joined online in conversation by architect and academic Shahed Saleem to discuss how architecture affects the way we live and how we find our place within the world.

Explore the full programme at brightonfestival.org

Image: The Riwaq Illustration by Marwa Al-Sabouni

Brighton loneliness charity Together Co launches LEGO trail to build connections with families during the Easter holidays 

Families looking for something to do with their children over the Easter holidays can rest easy this April, as Brighton loneliness charity Together Co is launching several fun activities throughout the month.

From Saturday 9 April to Saturday 30 April, kids both big and small are invited to take part in the Together Co Portland Road Minifigure Trail, where they’ll be challenged to find all the LEGO minifigures hidden in the shops of Portland Road to win a mystery prize.

The event will include other interactive games such as guessing how many LEGO bricks are in the jar and scanning QR codes in shop windows to unlock discount codes and opportunities to win bonus points.

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Alan Robins, is launching the trail at 11am on Saturday 9th April.

The event is a collaboration between Together Co, Brighton Bricks and Lawton & Dawe Properties, to raise funds for the charity. Events are free to enter, but participants are asked to make a small donation to support the charity’s work.

Together Co’s Head of Fundraising Nicola Davies said: “We’re beyond excited to be working with them! The upcoming Trail is a lovely activity for families to take part in over the Easter Holidays, whilst raising funds for our essential services.”

Nick Bright, of Brighton Bricks, said: “Minifigure Trails are great way to encourage people to check out the amazing shops in their local area, and enjoy a fun activity for the kids, getting them to explore the city they live in. I am so looking forward to this trail, highlighting an area of Hove which has so many hidden delights”

Pippa Newton-John of Lawton & Dawe, the event sponsor, said: ‘We are so thrilled to be involved in the Portland Road Minifigure Trail and helping to fundraise for Together Co. Even more exciting that the Minifigures are going to be on our very own Portland Road! A fun Easter activity for all the family and a chance to raise money for this brilliant local charity while checking out our neighbourhood!’

Participants can download entry forms from www.brightonbricks.com or www.togetherco.org.uk, or you can pick one up from Lawton & Dawe Properties in Portland Road, Hove.

Picture & Image by @Brighton Bricks

Elderflower Fields 2022 | 27-30th May | Pippingford Park, East Sussex
Join our 10th birthday celebrations!

Elderflower Fields is having a party, and you’re all invited. Be part of a fantastic wild weekend of
music [line up], sport, art, performance and non-stop festival fun at the idyllic countryside setting of
Pippingford Park in the Ashdown Forest.

Designed especially for families with younger children, Elderflower Fields provides plenty of
space to camp under the stars with friends for an unforgettable wild adventure. The perfect
chance to set yourself free and connect with nature in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The award winning Elderflower Fields adventure offers some of the finest local artisan food and
drink whilst showcasing a spectacular line-up of performers from Sussex and beyond.
Partnering with a host of experts in sports, arts and nature, families are invited to try new things
together in a safe and nurturing environment.

Everyone’s invited to Elderflower Fields!

Book your wild family adventure today and join the party to start summer 2022 with a bang.
Watch the Elderflower Fields highlights video.
Tickets on sale now – see website for current prices