ICO logo and 2019 WLP participants

Third women’s leadership programme from UK’s ICO

Eight senior festival and exhibition managers have been selected for the third round of the Women’s Leadership programme run by the UK’s Independent Cinema Office. The participants in the four-month development initiative run by the cinema training body include Melanie Iredale, deputy director at Sheffield Doc/Fest and interim director for the 2019 edition; Jen Skinner, founder and director of Scottish film promotion body Screen Argyll; and Juliet Tweedie, head of development at Edinburgh’s Centre for Moving Image. The programme of talks and mentorship will feature leading industry figures including Caroline Norbury, Creative…

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Radio: retail, leisure and art to bring new life to English seaside

The Victorian splendour of many of Britain’s coastal towns has long faded. Many of them rank among our most economically deprived communities. The Southend-born writer Farrah Jarral talks to people who believe in a brighter future by the seaside, including an entrepreneur with a vision for the Wirral. Is he our New Victorian? … visit BBC Radio 4 to hear full broadcast of Positive Thinking

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Wicked Cinema, Rhyl. Picture by Rhiannon Wyn Hughes

Rhyl: community cinema group to expand in 2020

BIG plans are underway for the Little Theatre’s community cinema in 2020. Following a successful 2019, the Wicked Cinema group is set to expand again in its third year. This year, the Wicked group grew from two cinemas to five to include the Wicked Family and Cult cinemas, as well as a Sing-a-Long cinema for people with dementia and the Stand Against Violence Initiative – working alongside West Rhyl Young People’s Project, Brighter Futures Rhyl and North Wales Police – and Hashtag cinema. Rhiannon Wyn Hughes, who helps run the…

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