Donegal stage stars scoop AIMS awards

first_imgTwo members of the prestigious Donegal Youth Musical Theatre have won top titles at the Association of Irish Musical Societies Awards 2019. Séimi Campbell and Eavan Gribbin celebrated major successes at the awards ceremony on Saturday night. Artistic Director of DYMT Séimí Campbell won Best Director award in the Sullivan Section for Jesus Christ Superstar in An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny last summer.  Séimi Campbell- Jesus Christ Superstar- Donegal Youth Musical Theatre, Letterkenny, winner of the Best Director award Sullivan Section at the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) in the INEC Killarney at the weekend receiving the trophy from Seamus Power, President, AIMS left and Rob Donnelly, Vice-President.Photo: Don MacMonagle – macmonagle.comEavan Gribbin won of the Best Stage Management Sullivan Section for her work on the production.Donegal Youth Musical Theatre- Jesus Christ Superstar- Eavan Gribban winner of the Best Stage Management Sullivan Section award at the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) in the INEC Killarney at the weekend receiving the trophy from Seamus Power, President, AIMS left and Rob Donnelly, Vice-President.Photo: Don MacMonagle – macmonagle.comOver 1,500 people attended the glamorous AIMS awards ceremony in the INEC Killarney, where winners were announced by MC Fergal D’Arcy.Celebrations continued long into the night and early into the morning as the sun set on another AIMS Awards Weekend.Donegal stage stars scoop AIMS awards was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIMS awardsDonegal Youth Musical Theatredymtlast_img read more

Watch: Foróige launch new video to explain restorative practices

first_imgFORÓIGE launched a new video on Friday aimed at explaining the concept of restorative practices to young people and adults.The project was completed as part of Donegal ETB’s Restorative Practices Project which successfully secured €200,000 of EU PEACE IV funding in 2018.Pictured at the launch of their Donegal ETB Peace IV funded restorative practices project are some of the young people who were involved in making the video. Included are Susan McLoughlin (Foróige Project Leader), Una McGuinness (Restorative Practices Project Administrator), Dr Sandra Buchanan (Restorative Practices Project Co-ordinator) and Caroline McCleary (Donegal County Council Peace IV Programme Co-Ordinator). It is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) by Donegal County Council. This project involves nineteen post-primary schools (ETB and non-ETB) and Youthreach (early school leaver) centres from across the county and Foróige. Restorative practices provides an ethos for making, maintaining and repairing relationships and for fostering a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability. It understands that when harm is done to people and relationships, it creates obligations and liabilities and focuses on repairing the harm and making things right. The video was created by young people with the support of a motion graphics designer and Foróige staff. It began with Restorative Practices training for the fifty young people and staff year over the course of a day.The young people expressed an interest in becoming involved in the production of an animated video that would explain Restoratives Practices in a clear and succinct way. The aim was that the video would be used both for those actively engaging in Restorative Practices as well as those who were introducing the concept to young people, youth workers, teachers, trainers in both youth services and education centres and schools for the very first time.   During a Restorative Practice residential, Foróige staff facilitated workshops with the young people to reflect on the training they had received and what they had learned. They worked on their script and met with the motion graphic designer to develop their ideas and capture what they wanted on the final video. Two of the young people did the voice-overs on the video which was a first for them. Speaking about the project, one of the young people said, “Taking part in the Restorative Practice training and project was a great opportunity; I got to learn skills in Restorative Practice and how to use this in school and home and I also met lots of new friends.” Foróige Project Leader Susan McLoughlin noted, “The young people achieved so much in the process of making the animated video. Most of them had never even heard of Restorative Practices before.“To think that they now have a professionally made video that will explain and promote Restorative Practices as a positive way of dealing with conflict situations is a real credit to all of them. Our thanks to Donegal ETB, Donegal County Council and the Special EU Programmes Body for funding the project through the Peace IV programme.” The project is funded under priority 1 of the Peace IV programme, promoting peace and reconciliation and under action 4.1 of the local authority peace plan which focuses on the promotion of positive relations at a local and regional level, characterised by respect and where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance. Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.Donegal ETB project coordinator, Dr Sandra Buchanan noted, “This is a brilliant video. Restorative practices is not an easy concept to understand and this video presents an understanding that’s clear, that’s easy to grasp and introduces the concept outline in a nutshell. It is such a useful resource for introducing this topic to young people and adults.”Donegal County Council Peace IV Programme Co-ordinator, Caroline McCleary, congratulating the young people remarked how she was delighted to see this video, “Peace emanates from conflict and as we put these projects together we can see that we’ve moved on from some of that conflict.  It gives me great pleasure to see projects like this rolled out that involve young people and I hope that the new skills they have learned will help them as they go through life.”The restorative practices project seeks to improve positive relationships between and for young people, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, train participants in accredited and non-accredited approaches to Restorative Practices and to develop an understanding of alternative ways of dealing with conflict. Watch: Foróige launch new video to explain restorative practices was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Umoja: African dance explosion

first_img18 February 2009The history of South African music and dance is traced through the magnificent Africa Umoja, which played to critical acclaim in 28 countries before finding a permanent home in the revamped Victory Theatre complex in Johannesburg.A multi-talented cast delivers a two-hour explosion of song and dance in a production that celebrates African culture as it moves through the journeys made by Africans from the country to the city, from traditional to modern, from the earliest rhythms to kwaito.Zoopy TV: A hit musical worldwide, Africa Umoja finds its home in Johannesburg – and takes aim at becoming the longest-running show in South African history. Click arrow to play video.As the dancers move from one sequence to the next, so their dance styles progress, each influencing the next, until in the end all styles are shown to have come from the same place: the music and drums of Africa.In the flowing movements of the Venda Umashona (snake dance), the precision of Zulu stick fighting is mirrored; the sangoma chants like he is possessed by spirits, and the women shake their hips as no other nation can. By the end, the more modern dances, like kwaito and pantsula, have the audience clapping in joy.Throughout the show, the drummers are well supported by a five-piece band and a passionate marimba-playing duo who never get a note wrong. The singers don’t miss a beat, the choreography is slick, the costumes are spot on and the energy is astonishing.Africa Umoja plays at the 470-seat Victory Theatre on the corner of Woodlands Road and Louis Botha Avenue in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.The complex includes a jazz bar, a 250-seat restaurant serving a wide range of traditional dishes, and ample secure parking.Performances are from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are available through Computicket or the theatre’s box office on +27 (0)11 728 9603. For more information, visit Africa Umoja.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series

first_imgIn creating her web series, Women On Sex, Mmabatho Montsho decided to publish it on the online medium because she wanted to maintain its integrity. She has interviewed numerous women from all walks of life, who speak candidly on topics related to women’s sexuality and sexual health. Actress and filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho has created a candid web series of videos in which women openly and honestly discuss issues related to female sexuality. (Image: Facebook) Priya PitamberA locally made web series, Women on Sex, from actress and filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho, is allowing women to talk openly about female sexuality. No topic is taboo, and in a series of interviews, women talk openly about things such as rape culture, virginity, sex and liberation, and much more.“The series features candid, funny, thought-provoking interviews with amazing women such as Khanyi Mbau, Masasa Mbangeni, Hajra Omarjee and Refiloe Mpakanyane, among others,” Montsho wrote on her Facebook page.Speaking to the Mail and Guardian, she said: “I hope to challenge the existing narrative that African women don’t engage with their own sexuality in progressive and intellectual ways; the perception (is) that we are ‘helpless victims’.“This narrative has been forced on us and it’s our duty as black female filmmakers to dismantle those stereotypes and decolonise our stories.” She said that previously, there was no content that reflected black women as critical, thinking beings.She started filming in 2012, but took a few breaks to raise funding for the series. So far, she has managed to shoot and publish six out of the 10 episodes. The first deals with virginity. “Virginity in a man is frowned upon, whereas (in) a woman it is imposed; it is expected,” said Khosi Jiyane, a clinical psychologist.Watch the first episode here:See the rest of the web series:ReactionPeople have lauded the videos, describing the series as empowering, and the interviewees as incredible.“I am hooked on this,” wrote Thola Antamu on the Women On Sex Facebook page. “These women are incredible. I would love to know more about this concept. Why not turn it into a TV series? South Africa needs this. SABC needs this.”Nontobeko Mdlalose described the series as thought-provoking. “It was about time that this be spoken about openly.”Make sure to watch keep up with the whole series… Great insight! https://t.co/99WnAQMvqE— Khensani. (@KenzoLM_) August 24, 2015Totally loving the @WomenOnSex series- amazing dialogue. I am challenged to educate my lil sisters on sex #WomenOnSex— Nombulelo Mini (@PoojaYeshua) October 14, 2015This woman is truly an inspiration to all the women in Africa @MmabathoMontsho #WomenOnSex— NalayDee (@NaLzy_NaLz) October 20, 2015BroadcastingTo maintain the integrity of her series, Montsho decided to broadcast online. “It also allows us to push certain sensitive boundaries.” It was permissible to say or show a lot more than one could on television screens.“There is also the ongoing battle around intellectual property (IP),” she explained.“When broadcasters commission your work, you relinquish all IP rights and you’re not exactly paid for it either. Those are the difficulties creatives are facing. That said, South Africa is still primarily a TV-watching audience, so my dream is to find a comfortable compromise and serve that audience.”last_img read more

National Dairy FARM Program releases stockmanship training video with BQA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy FARM Program announced today the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on theFARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish.“We are more than happy to develop and provide a tool for farmers and employees that will help them better understand why cows behave the way they do, and as a result become more careful and more efficient animal caretakers,” Hagevoort said.The FARM Program, created by NMPF in 2009, believes the dairy industry has a great story to tell when it comes to producing safe, abundant and affordable milk and dairy beef. Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that informs U.S. beef producers and consumers about common sense husbandry techniques and accepted scientific knowledge that can help raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. FARM’s partnership with BQA demonstrates that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the best in animal care, residue prevention and environmental stewardship.last_img read more

As Kanesatake cleans up after the flood help is slow to arrive

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsNow that floodwaters have receded, Mohawks in Kanesatake are facing a daunting clean up.Help has been slow to arrive for those most affected and the band council says they lack services to better prepare for future disasters.last_img