Alchemy

CAST, Doncaster
castindoncaster.com

This June, Doncaster's CAST will host the biggest celebration of South Asian art in the UK, featuring rare international performances and home-grown talent. There’ll be creative workshops, food stalls and a range of other surprises, concluding on Saturday 3 June with an evening of UK and South Asian artists performing against a stunning video backdrop.

There’ll be performances from rapper Black Zang, host of the first ever hip-hop radio show in Bangladesh; Sri Lankan rapper, singer and songwriter Ashanti De Alwis, the first Sri Lankan female rapper to be signed with Sony Music and Universal Music; Paradise, Afghanistan's first female rapper; and partner Diverse, whose tracks speak out for women's rights in Afghanistan.

Also look out for two artists making waves in India, feminist rap pioneer Dee MC and Naezy. CAST have kindly offered Now Then readers a two-for-one discount on tickets with the code 'NOWTHEN' at their box office, so get yours while they last.

Rare and Racy

164-166 Devonshire Street
rareandracy.co.uk

Despite massive local opposition, the Devonshire Street building that currently houses Rare and Racy, and formerly housed Syd & Mallory and the Natural Bed Company, is earmarked for demolition soon.

Rare and Racy opened its doors in 1969 and has been a stalwart on the arts and music scene ever since. An Aladdin's Cave of vital information and wondrous miscellany, Rare and Racy has been supporting local artists, writers and musicians since its inception forty eight years ago, providing a much-valued outlet for local arts produce. They also give out a box or two of Now Then each month, for which we will be forever grateful. 

Alan and Joe will be closing the shop for good on 31 July and are running a half price sale on books and records throughout May, so make sure you get yourself down there and show your support for two Sheffield traders whose work will be sincerely missed.

Hannah Directory Fundraiser

Sat 17 June
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Now Then has been listed in the fantastic Hannah Directory for a while now, an annual publication, website and launch week of events celebrating the great stuff that people are doing in places in England's north, and asking how even more of it can happen.

A beautiful piece of printed material, the directory is pulled together with no other resources than people's good will and commitment over a huge area. This year a group of Sheffield artists, makers and organisations are stepping forward to help cover the printing costs by running a day of creative workshop activities on Saturday 17 June at Access Space.

The workshops will be a chance for people to learn a wide range of new skills, covering everything from poetry writing with The Poetry Business to programming robots with musicians Alex McLean and Lucy Cheesman.

The full programme will be announced later this month, and you can read more about the launch of Hannah Directory in next month's issue.

Recycling Revolution

recyclingrevolution.co.uk

We're huge fans of fellow not-for-profit social enterprise Recycling Revolution, who are currently celebrating their tenth year of being awesome.

Recycling Revolution work with businesses, offices and schools and will handle all your recycling needs. They offer a cheaper and more efficient service than the big waste companies currently operating in Sheffield, so quite frankly you'd be mad not to get in touch.

They don't mingle waste - card and paper that is mixed with glass or plastic often leads to a 30% loss to landfill - plus there are no contracts, hidden fees or bin rentals. All surplus the company generates goes back into the enterprise to improve and grow the service, to employ vulnerable people and to support local charities. Their starting quote for office recycling is £30 per month. Join the revolution.