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European Spring Craft Fayre 21 March

Published on February 27, 2015 by in blog, slider

European Spring Craft Fayre Saturday 21 March 10.30am – 3.30pm Leeds Central Library, Arts Space

Fantastic crafts and stalls from local crafters.
Cool workshops, live music and refreshments throughout the day.
Make Learn Sell Buy Play!
Free Event, all welcome.

 
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Fairtrade School celebration and Fairtrade Fortnight 23 Feb-3 March 2015

Published on February 24, 2015 by in blog

The fairtrade school celebration takes place on 27th Feb in Leeds

Celebrating Schools Fairtrade and Global Learning work

Announcing the winner of the Agents of Change film competition

Fun acitivities, fairtrade stalls and resources to take away.

We’ll be having our Europe Direct Leeds  tombola, with lots of fairtrade goodies up for grabs.

Official opening by Greg Mulholland MP

Presentation from Horbury Bridge Academy, 2014 winners of Margaret Demidecka Award

see more at http://www.leedsdec.org.uk/events.php

Vote for your favourite young persons film!

 

Fairtrade Celebration Feb 2015

http://fortnight.fairtrade.org.uk/

 
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Inspiring Entrepreneurs Growing Pains and Gains 23rd Feb Leeds

Published on February 10, 2015 by in blog

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-screening-inspiring-entrepreneurs-tickets-15005020420

 
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Library Fest Leeds 14-22 Feb 2015

Published on February 7, 2015 by in blog

 

Library Fest

​Think you know your library? Think again…

This year Leeds will be hosting its very first Library Fest. During this week libraries across the city will be showcasing the fantastic work that they do and drawing attention to the variety of services, events and activities that are unique to libraries.

Events will include storytelling, film, talks, live music, crafting, heritage tours, gaming and the opportunity to discover some of our rare books and map collections. There really is something for everyone, so bring friends and family with you to experience something new at the library. You may be surprised at all the exciting things Leeds Libraries have to offer.

Things you need to know:
It doesn’t stop here! Events and activities run all through the year at libraries across the city. Find out more by visiting our website or following us on social media.

There are hundreds of digital learning activities every month in Leeds Libraries.  Improve your internet skills, explore your interests online or get creative in Studio12. Ask for a learning session at any of our libraries or visit:
www.leeds.gov.uk/learning or www.studio12.org.uk

All events are FREE unless otherwise stated.
For any events that require booking call Enquiry Express on 0113 2476016 or emailenquiry.express@leeds.gov.uk unless otherwise stated.

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Library-Festival.aspx

 
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What does a united Europe mean to you? video competition

Published on February 6, 2015 by in blog

“What does a united Europe mean to you?” – share your views on what a united Europe means to you in a one-minute video!

 

The European Commission is launching a video competition entitled “What does a united Europe mean to you?” for young people (aged 13-15) from the EU Member States as well as from the candidate countries and potential candidates in Southeast Europe.
National juries will select one entry from each country. The winners will be invited to Brussels, where they will have an opportunity to explore the city and the European institutions, and meet young people from all over Europe.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/news_corner/video_competition/index_en.htm
Entries may be submitted until 10 April 2015 through http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/news_corner/video_competition/index_en.htm
The enlargement of the EU has broken down barriers in Europe, uniting the continent around the common goals and values of its people. At the beginning, the EU was created as a project of peace and stability for the European continent. These aims have in time convinced more and more countries to join the 6 founding members. Now, the EU counts 28 Member States and its doors are open to other European countries that wish to join, and are committed to fostering peace, democracy, stability and prosperity. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland (negotiations with Iceland have been put on hold following the decision of the Icelandic government), Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are currently in the enlargement process.
For more information about the competition

 
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Carnivals in France

Published on January 30, 2015 by in blog

Mardi Gras and Carnivals are usually associated with the Carnival of Rio in Brazil or the New Orleans carnival but  this  festive season is also celebrated in Europe,  in  particular in France. It used to refer to eating richer before Lent, but is now more associated with public celebrations or parades which take place in many French towns and villages around February and March.

The Nice Carnival on the French Riviera is the most famous. Giant, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.  Floats are decorated with stunning floral compositions and extravagantly dressed characters throw out mimosas, gerberas and lilies. Ninety percent are produced locally and the event promotes this industry. The parade is made of 18 floats designed on the year’s theme and of other figurines, the most famous ones being made of traditional papier maché. Street theatre and music groups from all over the world also take part. In the evening all the floats are illuminated and the evening parades light up the heart of Nice.

Carnival in Nice

At Dunkirk Carnival the action revolves around fishermen’s bands who confront each other with songs as they parade the streets. A costumed drum major leads the musicians dressed in yellow fishermen’s raincoats while the crowds sing traditional songs and roar their approval. It has all the elements for a successful festival: Giants (who are not burnt), music, satire and a general sense of madness. The parade finishes at the Town Hall where the crowds demand ‘what they deserve’, that is 450 kilos (992 lbs) of kippers which are traditionally thrown off the belfry.

 

Carnival in Dunkirk

Limoux Carnival, in the South of France is the longest running in the world. It lasts from January till March. The carnival is not so much a parade as a kind of dance, governed by rules handed down from father to son for the past 400 years. Masked players mingle with the crowd, joining up with spectators and musicians to give impromptu performances. The masked participants preceded by musicians, and dancers dressed up as Pierrots, pass from one café to another under the mediaeval arcades of the Republic Square.

 

Carnival in Limoux

Other famous carnivals include the Annecy carnival which echoes the Venetian Carnival, the Albi carnival, which is one of the oldest in France and where a giant pancake and hundreds of normal ones are eaten.   In Granville in Normandy, one of the float is dedicated to raising money for charity. In Bordeaux, the “two-bank Carnival” celebrates each year  a different foreign country, Turkey being this year chosen country. Paris’ festival was interrupted for half a century between1952 and 1997 and many Parisians don’t even know it is being celebrated again but it now attracts thousands of visitors.

 

 

 
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Europe in Harmony EESC 2015 Video Challenge

Published on January 15, 2015 by in blog, slider

Calling all amateur singing groups and video- makers – “Europe In Harmony” needs you!

 

The EESC video challenge is back, and this time it has an additional element to it – music! The third edition of the challenge, organised in partnership with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 EU Member States.
The requirement is to perform an interpretation of “Ode to Joy” accompanied by a video clip.The video should be dedicated to any European
topic the participants wish. The submission period runs until 20 February 2015 and will be followed by a public vote and the fi nal selection of the
winners by a jury. The award ceremony is to take place in May 2015.
Lend your voices to Europe in Harmony!

http://www.eesc.europa.eu/video-challenge/2015/

 
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The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2015

Published on January 5, 2015 by in blog

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards are back. Launched by the European Commission in 2006, year after year the Awards highlight the very best sustainable energy projects taking place across Europe today. The 2015 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015.

 

The dates are set for the 2015 leading event on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Europe. The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015 in Brussels and across Europe. The European Commission invites you to be part of it, organising an Energy Day, applying to the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards or attending one of the hundreds of events to take place during the entire month of June 2015. Discover how to become an Energy Day organiser.

 

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, the EU reference prize for sustainable energy projects in Europe, are officially open. If you are proud of your company’s results in reducing its carbon footprint or if your city deserves further recognition for its achievements in sustainable energy, the Awards are made for you. This year projects can compete in three categories: renewable energy, energy efficiency and cities, communities and regions.

 

Nominees and winners will be invited to the Awards ceremony that will take place in Brussels during the EU Sustainable Energy Week, giving them great visibility at the European level. Articles and videos will present the winning projects as innovation leaders and role models for sustainable energy. We strongly encourage you to submit an early description to take full advantage of the Secretariat’s personalised feedback. (First evaluation deadline is January 31. Final deadline to apply is 28 February 2015).  Check the Awards Eligibility and Assessment Criteria.

Apply for the Awards

Don’t miss any updates: subscribe to EUSEW’s mailing list and engage with us on social media Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / EUSEW TV.

 

Contact: David Crous dc@eusew.eu 32(0)2 340 30 68 / Ralf Tinga rt@eusew.eu +32 (0)2 663 30 47.

 

www.eusew.eu

http://www.eusew.eu/

 
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Ecodesgn Energy Efficiency

Published on January 2, 2015 by in blog

From 2015 new energy efficiency measures will help Europeans save €45 per household and the amount of energy consumed by 11 million homes per year in electricity.

Measures include energy labels for cooking appliances and products sold online, and automatic stand-by requirements for connected devices and coffee machines.

What changes on 1st January 2015

From 1st January 2015 new measures introduced by the European Commission will help consumers save energy while cooking, making coffee and surfing the internet. In addition, energy labels will also allow consumers to check the energy efficiency of products sold online.

  1. Energy labels for online sales:Retailers will be required to show energy labels when selling products online. Up until now, retailers only displayed the energy efficiency class of a product online, such as ‘energy class A’, but not the other classes on the label (e.g. A+, A++, B or C) making it difficult for consumers to compare products. This will now become clearer.
  2. Energy labels for cooking appliances: New domestic gas ovens and range hoods will have to have an energy efficiency label. Up until now, only electric ovens were sold with an energy efficiency label.
  3. Automatic standby for networked devices: New networked equipment (such as modems, receivers/decoders, connected televisions, printers, etc.) will have to offer a function that switches the equipment into a low power standby mode if no main task is performed.
  4. Automatic standby for coffee machines: New coffee machines will have to offer a function that switches the machine into a low power standby/off-mode after a specified period of time, depending on the type of machine.

Read more:

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/products2015_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/doc/eep_infographic_en.pdf

 
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European Year for Development 2015 ‪#‎EYD2015‬

Published on January 1, 2015 by in blog

Find out about the Year: partners, the events, the stories from all over the world on the EYD 2015 website. Keep up to date on what’s going on and read about life changing projects.
VISIT THE EYD 2015 WEBSITE https://europa.eu/eyd2015/

The European Year for Development 2015 is set to be a special year, as the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, which the international community agreed in the year 2000; and for the next set of goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – to be put in place. This year will be a unique opportunity to inform EU citizens how every euro of support helps to make a difference and to showcase our strong commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide, improving the situation of refugees and those in dire need of aid, tackling climate change and helping to protect to world’s natural resources. One of the main objectives of the European Year is to show EU citizens that development aid is also about them; that it also has a positive impact on their lives, considering the increasingly interdependent world we live in, and to foster a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity as a result.This is very well reflected in the motto of the year, “Our world, our dignity, our future”.

The launch event will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 9 January 2015, in the margins of the opening of the presidency of the European Council. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica are expected to attend. A press conference will take place at 12.30 (to be confirmed) and will be broadcasted on Europe by Satellite.

 
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