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The latest news and events from Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership.

Aladdin Poetry Competition
Cast have an exciting creative writing opportunity and competition coming up, and we thought it would be perfect for your students to get involved in. Every student who enters will receive a certificate to be presented in assembly, and their poem will be collected in a poetry book to be displayed in Cast's Book Nook in the foyer. One winner will be chosen, and they will receive a family ticket to our pantomime and their entry will be published in our panto programme. The poem must be about either Aladdin or pantomimes, or be inspired by either theme. All poems must be no longer than 1 side of A4 and entrants must be between the ages of 5-11. Form and style are not important, so we're happy for you to suggest something that works into your upcoming lesson plans. If you would like any further information please email or call 01302 303 950. Or send poems to either or post to Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU Entries must be submitted by the 26th June 2020.
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Culture Spies
Culture Spies is a new  scheme launched by Cast, in partnership with darts and Right Up Our Street.   Culture Spies are a team of roving reporters, aged 7-18, reporting on Doncaster’s Cultural Events. 
Reports can take one of two forms:   
  • A written review 
  • A digital blog post 
Reports will be shared on Cast’s Social Media and website, as well as on digital platforms of other cultural and creative institutions.
Each Culture Spy will:
  • Attend an initial introduction and training event held at Cast in March 2020.  During this event you will receive support and guidance on reporting, as well as the Cultural Spy pack which includes materials needed in order to complete your reporting.  
  • Receive a Culture Spy press pass that will give you access to two complimentary tickets (under 14s must use the second comp to be accompanied by a responsible adult). 
  • Receive a schedule of Cultural Events to attend 
  • Have the opportunity to interview an individual from the creative industries (artists, actor, musician, technician, programmer, writer etc). 
  • Attend a Culture Spies wrap party in July 2020 in which the Cultural Spies will share their experiences, evaluate the process and celebrate their successes. 
  • Be joined up with a named contact to support their Culture Spies journey. 
Join us and start your mission as a Culture Spy today! Deadline to apply for this academic year is Monday 16 March 2020. Sign up to become a Culture Spy by completing this form. For more information, please contact:
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Royal Opera House
We're really proud to announce that Doncaster is to welcome The Royal Opera House’s national learning programme, in a bold and ambitious partnership 3 year partnership starting in 2019. Through the National Learning Programme, the Royal Opera House will work with every school in Doncaster over three years, putting on a mass community engagement performance in summer 2020.  For information on how your school can engage, please contact, Cultural Education Manager, Susan Kerrigan: The Royal Opera House will partner with Doncaster through ‘Doncaster Creates’ (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme), Cast and Doncaster Council marking 2020 as a new chapter for the town which aspires to be a place of nationally significant cultural excellence.  ‘This partnership marks a shared ambition for culture in Doncaster. Positive outcomes for local young people remain our greatest challenge as a town and our most exciting opportunity to inspire a generation. Culture should be an essential part of every childhood, so to see every school participate and enjoy in this fantastic cultural experience is a great step forward in our collective responsibility to help our children thrive.’Deborah Rees, Cast's Director said: Alongside this, The Royal Ballet will perform a gala at Cast, and the ROH’s popular Chance to Dance talent development programme will also continue. Chance to Dance will give primary school children from across the borough who do not have access to ballet in areas facing numerous disadvantages their first opportunity to engage creatively with ballet, connecting closely with the inspirational repertory, choreographers and dancers of The Royal Ballet.  Spearheaded by Ed Miliband MP, the Royal Ballet’s 27-year track record for excellence is now building a national presence and being the catalyst for systemic change in Doncaster. Ed Miliband MP for Doncaster North said: ‘This will be a significant community project, running over three years and working with the local community and schools in the Borough. The Royal Ballet is renowned for its talent, creativity, skill and passion and I am sure that people in Doncaster will be incredibly excited to take part in the project.’ To create more opportunities for aspiring young dancers to engage in further training, the Royal Opera House works collaboratively with local and national dance education partners to model best practice in the creative teaching of ballet and establish more accessible pathways, especially for those who face difficulty accessing existing opportunities. Councillor Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools at Doncaster Council said: ‘This is great news for children and young people in Doncaster. The arts can play a much more prominent role in raising the aspirations, ambitions and wellbeing of Doncaster. Over the next couple of months, a range of cultural partners will come together to reveal a huge amount of future activity across the borough. This partnership with Britain's largest ballet company is just one of the many transformative opportunities we’re supporting which will allow the arts to play a sustainable role in improving outcomes for people from across the borough’.
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