Ignite 2014: Newcastle University’s small grants scheme is now open.

Ignite is a small grants scheme run by Newcastle University’s Engagement Team to foster new projects and ideas from staff and students across the University. For 2014, our Ignite small grants scheme is being offered to help staff and students develop outreach activities that can contribute to the 9th edition of the ¡VAMOS! Festival, taking place between 6th and 22nd June 2014.

In the year that sees Brazil host the World Cup, ¡VAMOS! Festival 2014 will include:

• A vibrant street carnival
• Exclusive film premieres
• An outdoor family picnic
• A large-scale, pop-up restaurant
• A major literary conference with internationally renowned speakers
• Cutting edge visual art commissions by international artists

While ¡VAMOS! may initially appear niche in its celebration of Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, a quick look at programmes from previous years (www.vamosfestival.com) will show the variety of activities and events that have taken place under its umbrella. Combining cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and education, activities have ranged from Mexican wrestling and costume making workshops for the Tyne Carnival to pop up film and food events, and a more traditional programme of lectures and debates.

They are encouraging proposals across all schools and departments within the University, and for the first time, we are including student societies. A proposal could range from a standalone event, to the development of a float for the Tyne Carnival, to a longer term project or series of events that can contribute in some way to the Festival. Creativity is encouraged, and tenuous links will not be ruled out! They are looking in particular for proposals that will:

• effectively engage local communities with our teaching and research
• welcome visitors onto our campus and showcase the University’s resources and facilities
• celebrate our international community of staff and students

Grant applications must be received by the closing deadline of Friday 17th January 2014. Completed forms should be returned to Kate Hudson, University Engagement Manager (kate.hudson@ncl.ac.uk). Please also get in touch with Kate directly if you would like to discuss any initial ideas, or would like some further support developing ideas.

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