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Play for life

June 15-17

Chichester is hosting a world congress on play therapy, preceded by a programme of events, June 7-14. Workshops and lectures will be led by more than 80 presenters from nine countries. Teachers and teaching assistants are welcome. Topics include: living in the shadow of community violence in Northern Ireland and using play therapy, for example in crises with children with emotional and behavioural problems. Key speaker is Dr Violet Oaklander, American pioneer of the Gestalt approach to play therapy.

Tel: 01825 712312 www.playtherapy.org.ukWorldCongressHome.htm

The Stratford Festival and the Spanish Golden Age

Until October 2

The Royal Shakespeare Company offers short break packages to visitors wishing to combine a night at the theatre with a stay in Stratford-upon-Avon. This season the company is performing the tragedies (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Hamlet) alongside neglected masterpieces by Shakespeare's Spanish contemporaries, such as Pedro, The Great Pretender by Miguel Cervantes. Prices start at pound;133.50 for two nights. Brochure from

Tel: 020 8758 4799 www.rscshortbreaks.com

BBC Proms Young Composers Competition

Young composers in age categories 12-16 and 16-18 are invited to submit two notated copies of their composition (on audio-cassette, CD, DAT or Minidisc). Closing date: May 22. Entries should last up to five minutes and can be for acoustic, electronic, ethnic or computer-generated instruments.

Winners in the 12-16 category will receive a Roland EM-15 Creative Keyboard and a BR-532 Digital Studio for their school and winners in the 16-18 category will receive a Sibelius 3 software package. All entrants will be invited to attend a Young Composers Forum on August 2, which includes workshops and a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.


First Time Projects fund

This scheme, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and other organisations, offers grants of up to pound;3,000 to pupil referral and learning support units to engage artists to work with teachers and pupils in the 20045 academic year. Closing date for applications: May 28. Units will not previously have worked on such a project. First Time Projects Fund, 14 Butt Furlong, Fladbury, Pershore WR10 2QZ

Email: info@nrassociates.co.uk

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