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Mountains on Stage, the film festival dedicated to mountain sports, launches in the UK for the first time this April.

Following a successful winter edition, the festival will tour the UK with six dates in April, showcasing six films that vary in running time from six minutes to fifty nine minutes in length. Themes include, paragliding, bouldering, classic rock climbing from the 1980's and mountain biking in snow.

The films are either in English and when not, are subtitled.

Founder of Mountains on Stage, Cyril Solomon, comments: “We had such a great reaction from our first ever UK winter tour that we have decided to come back for the summer. There's a huge culture of climbing and mountaineering in the UK and we know these films will be of great interest to participants of the sport. But, even if you're not into rock climbing or mountaineering, these films will inspire people in many different ways.”

One of the films (Blocheads) has especially been scheduled for the UK tour only and it's a history of the sport of Bouldering, something that has particular resonance with UK climbers, the others have all been selected based on their originality, reputation and uniqueness.

In connection with Pakistan Day celebration a photographic exhibition titled “Beautiful Pakistan” held in the Art Gallery of the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in which about 50 photographs of natural scene of Pakistan were showcased. MNA Tahira Aurangzeb inaugurated the exhibition, while Naheed Manzoor and RAC resident director Waqar Ahmed attended the exhibition as special guests. Photographs of natural scenes of Pakistan by Photographer Zafar Iqbal Raheem were showcased in the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said the RAC always arranges special programs on national days and the photographs exhibition is valuable addition to programs of the Pakistan Day celebrations. She said Pakistan is blessed with wonderful and breath-taking natural scenes and Zafar Raheem has taken pictures of these scenes very skilfully. She said these pictures show Pakistan is among the most countries of the world.

2017 looks set to be another vintage year for fans of the King! Following the sell-out British arena tour last year and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis returns to the UK for a live concert experience like no other, featuring the most recognisable voice of all time, backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The six date UK arena tour will visit Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 27 November 2017. Last year’s run gained critical applause – the Yorkshire Evening Post commented “Elvis may have left the building but his legacy very much goes marching on”, with the Birmingham Mail observing how the RPCO “played a blinder to authenticate Elvis’s back catalogue”, with The Spectator stating “the technical achievement was remarkable”.

The Lancashire Telegraph simply put it – “By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll – and so much more besides”.

Featuring a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley, the shows will once again give fans a chance that many have never had before – to experience the man who changed the course of popular music. Up close live on screen, the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records worldwide), alongside the RPCO live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads.

The critically acclaimed albums, If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You, used archive recordings of “The King’s” voice featuring new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits, to create an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling album.  The latter was Elvis’ 13th No.1 album in the UK!

If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You were produced by Executive Producer, Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla Presley will also make a very special appearance at the arena shows.

These shows will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren’t enough and who continues to break records.

Calling all ballet dancers, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is delighted to announce that it will host three Boys Ballet Masterclasses in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham from Sunday 2nd April 2017. Each two-hour high-tempo class will be led by a male teacher, with live piano accompaniment in a fun boys-only environment.

Designed for boys aged 7+years with basic ballet technique upwards, each masterclass will aim to encourage confidence-building, sociability and creativity whilst developing ballet technique, choreography, core strength, musicality, coordination and presentation.

Former professional ballet dancer Joel Morris, who will be teaching in Edinburgh said: “These boys might often be the only boy in their dance class. Here, they get their own time. They’re not the add-on or the afterthought. It’s really good for them to mix with other boys who dance. Instead of being the minority, they’re with lots of other boys with the same interest. It builds a community.”

Iain Mackay, Principal Dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet and RAD Male Dance Ambassador will be teaching the London Boys Ballet Masterclass. He said: “It’s so much harder for boys to come to ballet than girls, and it’s a lot easier for them to walk away from it again. But the benefits of fitness, confidence and imagination are just the same. The push is to bridge that gap through programming and teaching methods that draw on and support boys’ wider interests, relating them to ballet and encourages their dance training.”

Metallica have announced the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour hits the Genting Arena 30 October 2017. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support for the tour run. No additional shows will be added. 

Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard digital or standard physical copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Redemption information will be included in your ticket

purchase confirmation email. Full details of how you can gift the album, should you have already purchased, will be given on the redemption page. Please note that shipping and handling fees apply to the physical version of the album.

Hardwired...To Self-Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week.

Legendary artist Tom Jones is set to perform at one of England's grandest stately homes - Holkham Hall in north Norfolk - on Sunday 23 July 2017 in a spectacular outdoor concert.

Tom Jones' distinctive voice and iconic records have earned him a place as one of the best loved artists ever to emerge from the 1960s, with an eclectic musical mix spanning pop, rock, soul, R&B, dance, country and gospel. With more than 100 million record sales under his belt, including the instantly recognisable hits It's Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What's New Pussycat, he is without doubt a living legend.  Tom continues to garner popularity as both a live performer and recording artist after five incredible decades, and at the age of 76, has earned the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame.

Tom is currently a coach on ITV's popular talent show The Voice, and has appeared in several films, including 'Mars Attacks'. With numerous tours the world over under his belt, and a legion of fans, his extraordinary career was recognised in 2006 through his knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen, and a string of prestigious music awards, including BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award.

The Earl and Countess of Leicester said, “The parkland surrounding Holkham Hall is a perfect setting for Holkham's outdoor concert and we are thrilled to have such a high profile artist appearing here this year.”

The outdoor concert at Holkham on Sunday 23 July will feature a collection of Tom's most popular hits across the decades - including his latest albums - promising fans an unforgettable evening at the height of the summer. The concert will take place in the east park of the grounds of the estate in view of the fact that the popular two-day Country Fair will be taking place over the same weekend.

Enjoy a celebration of more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and many others. Relive the moments from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more as they are projected in HD onto the big screen as the music is played live by a symphony orchestra.

“We are excited to bring the stunning music of DreamWorks Animation composers to life on stage to be showcased in this great and fun event for music and movie fans of all ages,” said Carol Nygren, Vice President, Worldwide Live Entertainment, Universal Brand Development.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of DreamWorks Animation in Concert adds, "DreamWorks has brought such delight to families around the globe with their vibrant characters and adventurous stories. What carries us through these charismatic experiences is the inspired and fitting music. To be able to showcase the music in a movie-like environment is an entertainment memory we hope lasts forever.”

The legendary Tony Bennett will be returning for his 10th visit to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on 3 July 2017 as part of a string of live performances in the UK to celebrate his 90th year. Since his first visit in 1996, 19 time Grammy Award-winning Tony has performed to over 17,000 adoring fans in Symphony Hall and he can’t wait to come back. Says Tony: “The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town … one of my favourite places to perform…” 

As a convoy of vintage cars, sports cars and supercars sets a course for Corton Denham in Somerset this spring, The Queens Arms has announced a day of automobile appreciation on Monday 1 May. Open to everyone from classic car aficionados to eager young enthusiasts, The Queens Arms' Cars, Coffee and Cake event will take place at Corton Denham Manor House Garden on Bank Holiday Monday, from 11am until 5pm.

Regarded as the pioneer of house music in the United Kingdom and credited as ‘The First Lady of House Music’, Kym Mazelle will be headlining at The Jam House Birmingham on 6th April. Already a successful gospel vocalist and a fixture in Chicago's club circuit, Kym Mazelle broke into Europe on the House Music wave of the late eighties. Collaborations with International DJs & producers at the time, found her chart success with ‘Useless’ (Marshall Jefferson), ‘Wait’ (Dr Robert), & ‘Missing You’ (Soul II Soul) during this time.

Music festival Wireless is heading for Haringey again, welcoming some of the industry’s biggest stars. The country’s premier urban festival is due to be held at Finsbury Park on the weekend of July 7 to 9, 2017, with headliners including The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper and Tottenham talent Skepta. The event has been approved by Haringey, subject to agreement from relevant authorities.

Nearly 500 tickets have already been snapped up to see The Little Mix Tribute show at The Albany Theatre next month (April) with organisers saying the ‘Sold Out’ signs could go up before the end of March. With breath-taking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages.

Seeing the launch of its large print access guide, a leading arts centre will be giving free activities for all abilities funded by players of the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery. mac Birmingham will be providing freely availability  recorded on mac’s large print access guide website prior to the event on Saturday 11 March. The guide highlights the many facilities and assistance on offer, helping to ensure all visitors feel informed and welcomed. Visitors can enjoy a portrait exhibition curated by mac resident band Switch and resident theatre company Spectra. Switch will also perform a medley of their songs in the afternoon.

Tesco colleagues across the West Midlands are preparing to roll back the clock for a totally awesome 80s themed fundraiser to kick-start the third and final year of the National Charity Partnership. During the weekend of 3-5th March 2017, the nationwide ‘Final Countdown’ weekend will see 300,000 Tesco colleagues raise money to help improve the health of the nation. Tesco colleagues will be bringing back the fashion and energy that made the decade so great to stores with activities including getting physical with aerobic exercise and nostalgic 80s toys, music and movies.

Something futuristic is taking shape in the historic grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, in rural Warwickshire. British artists Alex Hartley and Tom James are creating The Clearing – a vision of the future, on the shores of the gallery’s lake, where people can come to learn how to live in the collapsing world that’s coming our way. In the middle of The Clearing, the artists are now building a geodesic dome to house the project.