Silver State Film Festival set to return this year   

By April Norris

The annual independent Silver State Film Festival will come to Las Vegas this September, after being forced to take place entirely online last year due to coronavirus restrictions. The festival will take place at the cinema Century Orleans 18 and XD as well as the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Festival creators Jon Gursha and Peter Greene forecast that COVID-19 restrictions on socialising and traveling will have improved enough by September to allow both filmmakers and the public to experience the festival in full. Continue reading Silver State Film Festival set to return this year   

Museums continue online activities for kids

By Rita Flores

Colchester and Ipswich museums join forces with Essex and Suffolk Children’s Universities to bring home learning activities throughout the lockdown.

“Museum from Home” was the project launched during the first lockdown and it has been available across this new national lockdown, intending to bring a slice of Museum life to families since those have been closed. Continue reading Museums continue online activities for kids

Christina Jones announces debut album

By April Norris

Singer Christina Jones is set to release her debut album You Were My Compass in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kimiko Ishizaka. The album is currently available for pre-order and is expected to be released on 18 June.

Preordering Jones’ album gives listeners immediate access to her first single What Love Means to Me, a romanticised ballad which explores the singer’s battle with her own thoughts and self-harm in her pursuit of love. Jones provides a unique style as she incorporates varied genres drawing on her synesthesia and perfect pitch. Continue reading Christina Jones announces debut album

Carano fired for ‘abhorrent’ online posts

By Lily Morris

American actress Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune in the hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian, has been fired from production company Lucasfilm in response to messages posted on her social media platforms over the past several months.

In the days leading up to the film company dismissing Carano, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending on social media platform Twitter, reaching number one. The hashtag had already trended a first time back in summer of 2020, with users imploring Disney and Lucasfilm to fire the actress for her extensive history of harmful social media posts. Continue reading Carano fired for ‘abhorrent’ online posts

Student union organises Lunar New Year festivites

By Rita Flores

To celebrate the Lunar New Year 2021 the University of Essex Students Union, in partnership with other societies, organised a week full of activities including quizzes and gifts.

“It was fantastic last year, our society held the Chinese New Year Gala at Ivor Crewe hall and it had a huge audience, even the council leaders and the vice-chancellor of University came. There were dancers, magicians from the UK’s Got Talent and a huge firework show,” said Tom, the president of The Chinese Students and Scholar Association (CSSA). Continue reading Student union organises Lunar New Year festivites

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