Some of you may know that it's Fairtrade Fortnight until the 7th March! To celebrate this, the people at Fairtrade are running the 'Big Swap' and are asking us to swap our usual stuff for Fairtrade stuff. The usual bananas for Fairtrade bananas and your usual cuppa for a Fairtrade cuppa. Get involved and register your swap...http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/thebigswap/about_the_big_swap/
We've got some Fairtrade tea from our friends at Clipper so if you're popping by the shop and fancy a cuppa then just come in and we'll stick the kettle on!
So tonight we have a Wee Do talk with Tom and Lara who wrote the blog World in Slow Motion, at the Carnaby store. We still have a few free tickets left, so get in touch if you'd like to come along...should be a really great evening.
On a similar note...
A guy I know (Rowan) and his friend Billy are going to be travelling to Cairo using only overground travel. The purpose of the trip- Rowan (a.k.a. Dizraeli) is an award winning rapper, who has been given an opportunity to perform Rebel Cell in Egypt. He is an environmental activist and has vowed to never fly again....hence the trip...oh and his friend Billy is a documentary film maker who is going to accompany him. They have built a website from which they will broadcast their journey as a daily blog, weekly video diary and finally documentary film.
So I was asked to help them promote it- if you can help to finance their trip in any way (they are having a fundraiser in Dalston, London on Wednesday night), follow their travels and most importantly take inspiration from how they are choosing to explore other coutries. They really want to illustrate how easy train travel is in the hopes to make a positive impact.
been a bit slow with this one seein as thought theres only a couple of screenings left, but one of those screenings does happen to be in Cardigan tomorrow night, i also just realised tims already posted about this but a little reminder never hurt anyone...
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is uprooting from the mothership festival in the Canadian Rockies and will shortly be heading for the UK to tour to a location near you.
The Banff World Tour features award-winning films and audience favourites from about 300 films entered each year in Banff. Come and see why more than 200,000 people across the globe gather at Banff screenings indoors to celebrate the outdoors!
The climbing films featured on the Banff 2010 tour will include:
First Ascent: Alone on the Wall - Follow the groundbreaking free-solo ascents of Alex Honnolt. After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo climb of "Moonlight Buttress" in Zion National Park, Alex moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the massive "Regular Northwest Face" route (2000 vertical feet) on Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.
Hunlen - See what happens when two climbers show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen. The climbing is technical—all 1,000 feet of it — but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free beside the route that makes the climbers very nervous.
Progression World Cup - An insightful and entertaining look at the intensely competitive world of top-class indoor rock climbing.
To The Rainbow - Paul Pritchard was one of Britain’s most talented climbers in the late 1980s. A head injury received while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with severe injuries and partly disabled. Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing – on The Rainbow in North Wales.
As well as climbing flicks, there will be a selection of other brilliant mountain based films featuring mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater kayaking and speed flying (a cross between paragliding and skiing including some incredible aerial footage as they descend Mont Blanc). Full details of the film programme at each venue, as well as more information and how to buy tickets can be found at http://www.banff-uk.com
UK tour dates include:
• 29 January Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
• 3 & 4 February Union Chapel, Islington, London
• 6 February Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
• 11 February Komedia Club, Brighton
• 13 February Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
• 18 & 21 February Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• 20 February Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
As well as seeing some great films, you can also win some great nightly prizes as well as go in the draw to win a 7 day Mont Blanc trek. A bar will be open at all screenings before the films and during intermission.
On my lunch breaks I really enjoy trawling through the internet to find what random events are going on in London.
Well today I stumbled across this film festival Birds Eye View- celebrating women filmmakers. It's on at the BFI Southbank from the 4th- 12th March. (tickets are on sale through their website)
They have some amazing UK film premieres, that even if you cannot make it to the event are well worth a look. I particuarly want to watch Amreeka- the story of a mother and son immigrating to the US in a post 9/11 world. This film was written and directed by Cherien Dabis, Palistinian herself but brought up in the States. Should be really thought provoking!
Here's a trailer for the festival itself...
The opening ceremony was on at 2.am. this morning. I couldn't face staying up that late to watch it...but I have watched some cheesy montage footage of it on Youtube. I thought I would spare you the cheese, and just post up this awesome animation from the BBC.