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Sunday, 15 September 2019
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  Arts Fresco (ext events)
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We received the Press Release below some time ago. It now appears that Arts Fresco will be on 15 September 2019. Details via https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/405593903396575/ --------- Press Release - Arts Fresco Festival Back in 2019 The organising committee for the Arts Fresco street theatre festival in Market Harborough has unanimously agreed to give the festival a year off in 2018. After another tremendously successful event in 2017 with record visitor numbers, high profile UK and international performers, and highly positive feedback from acts and the audience, we now need to focus on generating more sustainable, longer-term funding models to secure the festival’s future, and also to give the volunteer organising committee a well-deserved break. The festival will return on Sunday, 22 September 2019 [SEE UPDATE ABOVE]. More: https://www.artsfresco.com/press-release

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10:00 Category: LSS/joint public event - Secular Hall[10:30] LSS: Heritage Open Day
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Leicester Secular Hall is open during the day (10:30am-4.30pm) for Heritage Open Day. Tours of Secular Hall and Exhibition Leicester Secular Hall, a Grade II listed building, opened in 1881 and home of Leicester Secular Society, the oldest Secular Society in the world. An exhibition which includes displays and leaflets about the history of the society and the Hall. There will be guided tours of the building with an opportunity to see old Dutch tiles which are not usually on view. Ned Newitt presents a display of historic images of what is now called the Cultural Quarter. This will include pictures of the old Wholesale Market area and Humberstone Gate. Some of these pictures have not been published before. The Gimson family was one of the main sponsors for the building of Secular Hall. The first chair designed by Ernest Gimson was given to his brother, who was President of the Society for many years, and will be on display at the Hall. See http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/images/Gimson_Chair.pdf Light refreshments throughout the day. Details of other venues that will be open can be found at http://tiny.cc/m5mtaz All welcome - admission free Details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/448032272720784/ Evening talk: John Waters on the revival of Witchcraft: http://lsec.org.uk/calendar/view_entry.php?id=2416 --

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18:00 Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event[18:30] LSS: Thomas Waters: What is witchcraft and why is it reviving?
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What is witchcraft and why is it reviving? Thomas Waters explains, drawing on his new book, Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Britain. Thomas Waters is Lecturer in History at Imperial College London, and an expert on the history of witchcraft and magic. For well over a decade, he’s been researching the modern history of witchcraft in Britain, from the early 1800s to the present day. The result is his new book - Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times. Links: Thomas Waters: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/t.waters Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cursed-Britain-History-Witchcraft-Modern/dp/0300221401 Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrThomasWaters This talk follows our Heritage Open Day (10:30 to 4:30 - see http://lsec.org.uk/calendar/view_entry.php?id=2411 ) All welcome - admission free. Secular Hall is open from 6pm-9pm on most Sunday evenings. We collect food and toiletry items for asylum seekers – please try to donate if you are able.

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