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Carolyn Hassan

Carolyn Hassan


I'm Director of Knowle West Media Centre and came to work in Knowle West almost 20 years ago as a photographer working with local residents. This is my attempt to share some of the things I am lucky enough to do, often as part of my work.

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4 June 2014

Minister for Culture the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid says he wants more people to enjoy the arts.

And so do we at KWMC. Today I was invited to a round table discussion with the new(ish) Minister for Culture, Media and Sports. He said he wanted many more people to benefit from and enjoy the arts. I said that I believed that it was important for the arts to be relevant too, and be enjoyed in communities where people live, go to school, and socialise - not just in the City Centre or more affluent places in the country. The Minister said he wanted all young people to have access to playing an instrument, enjoy a play or make art . It was a really interesting discussion attended by representatives from the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Donmar Theatre, Liverpool Biennial, and the Emma Stenning from Bristol Old Vic. Together Emma and I made a plea for more support for arts orgs. working to include communities and remove barriers to ensure as many people as possible really value and participate in the arts. In particular I'm interested in how we ensure more young people from South Bristol and under represented groups are supported to gain good jobs in the growing cultural and creative industries.The Minister is coming to Bristol on Friday to make a speech about what he's gogin to do, so lets hope he confirms his commitment to the regions (and Bristol and the SWest in particular!) and a more inclusive cultural sector.

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28 May 2014

Just need the Bees

Steve almost finished the hive and looks good in a space suit
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21 May 2014

LSO Brahms and Birtwistle

Spent this evening at Barbican listening to London Symphony Orchestra for the first time - was a great experience. Thank you to Toshiba who invited me.
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19 May 2014

No More Page 3

Enjoyed a talk from Lucy Ann Holmes about the Sun and it's objectification of young women as part of Festival of Ideas on Sat.
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15 May 2014

Everyone Should Learn Economics

Attended launch of Pelican Books last night interesting writers speaking. Among then Ha-Joon Chang saying if we want to live in a democracy we should all understand basic economics.
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14 May 2014

Social Media: Fresh Ways of Telling Stories

Thurs. 15th at KWMC organised by The Bristol Cable 6-8 pm with Guardian features writer Jon Henley
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13 May 2014

Blue Orchid business support

This evening Blue Orchid networking event at kwmc. Great Coffee provided by local new business Zoomoffee
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10 May 2014

Hop Hop Pie

Last two - a sell out on the Rabbit Pie made by Pieminster
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7 May 2014

IES Cities Review meeting Day 2

Second day with IES Cities project partners discussing city apps. Other cities we are working with are Majadhonda, Rovereto and Zaragoza. Bristol's apps are MyBristol and Democratree. More info about how you get involved using the apps soon!
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6 May 2014

Jonathan Dimbleby and Any Questions? Comes to Knowle West

A photo of Jonathan Dimbleby and some of KWMC team after a lively broadcast of Radio 4's Any Questions? reaching an audience of an estimated 2 million. Not bad for putting KW on the map. On the panel were Farming Minister, George Eustace, food and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, Media executive Kelvin McKenzie and Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary for Transport.
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