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We are very excited to announce several new clients this week, working with both new and returning clients.

We are thrilled to be working once again with AyseDeniz Gokcin, a young Turkish virtuoso pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. She will be celebrating the pre-release of her upcoming album, Beethoven Senses, with a concert at St James Sussex Gardens in October featuring a colourful light show, a silent disco and special guest Benjamin Hughes, principal cellist of the BBC concert orchestra. Tickets to this concert can be bought here

AyseDeniz is best known for her classical and rock fusions, in particular her Liszt-inspired arrangements of Pink Floyd hits, which went viral after being featured on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page.

 

AyseDeniz made her public concert debut aged nine and has gone on to play in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, the Lysenko Colonnaded Hall of the Philharmonic in Kiev and has even performed in the Kremlin Palace at personal invitation. She won “Pianist of the Year” in 2016 at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards after her 2015 album dedicated to Kurt Cobain reached the Top 10 in the UK Classical Charts on iTunes.


We are also excited to be working with WITCiH – Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. Co-founded by musician and artist BISHI, WITCiH empowers and celebrates the achievements of women and non-binary artists at the intersection of music, technology and STEM. Although female accomplishment is their main focus, WITCiH welcome those from all backgrounds and identities.

WITCiH will be producing a three-night festival later this month, featuring four brand new commissions of four new audio-visual works  involving live coding, hacking, interactive tech and awe-inspiring visuals. “WITCiH – The State of Gender?” will be hosted at The Bargehouse in Dalston, running from the 26th to 28th September. More information can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

WITCiH operate mainly in London, putting on exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances. Past events have included a salon at the Tate Modern and have attracted guests such as Imogen Heap, Mira Calix, Ana Matronic and Lone Taxidermist.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new project for long-standing WildKat client, Moritz Eggert for his latest collaborative release. The Collectors is a CD recorded by percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and pianist Eke Simons. It forms part of Napolov’s Dutch Golden Collection which aims to popularise and promote contemporary percussion pieces, with many being written for Napolov himself.

Konstantyn Napolov is a Ukrainian percussionist with an already highly accomplished career. Graduating from the Stolyarsky school in 2005, he became co-principal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine and went on to study at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. More recently, Napolov has collaborated with Steve Reich, participated in masterclasses at Juilliard, and won the principal position of the World Percussion Group in 2016.

The Collectors includes works by Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Eggert’s piece shares its name with the album and explores the idea that the compositional process is a collection of sounds, ideas and events that slowly assemble themselves into a certain order. He asserts that musical ideas do not just ‘happen’ – they are the result of a constant assembling and reassembling of music that happens over time in the composer’s head.

The album was released over the weekend on the 9th September and can be downloaded here

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

Chemnitz: „Wir sind mehr“-Konzert war ein voller Erfolg – Deutscher Kulturrat bedankt sich für Engagement der Künstler

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände bedankt sich bei den Künstlern des gestern Abend in Chemnitz stattgefundenen Konzertes „Wir sind mehr“.

via Die Zeit

 


Classical music venues and placemaking

Classical music venues have been at the centre of town planning since the Romans built the Colosseum and the Ancient Greeks built the Amphitheatres.

Classical Music venues tend to fit into larger regeneration schemes, especially former docks, as they offer fantastic waterside back drops – think of Copenhagen, Sydney, Liverpool and Oslo. Perhaps a world-class concert hall would boost Canary Wharf as a destination and bring a wider audience to the area beyond the daily office workers?

Thoughtfully designed, cultural centres can be hugely beneficial to reviving a city. The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, for example, has increased visitors to the city dramatically and brought with it the inevitable knock-on prosperity for the rest of the city (shops, restaurants, hotels), whilst the renovation and expansion of The Royal Opera House in the 1990s, including the adjacent Floral Hall, led the revival of Covent Garden.

The £35m Hepworth Wakefield gallery has regenerated the local economy

via Property Week

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: a review of the festival summer. A music journalist on the quality of music journalism. A portrait of the Liedkunst Festival, that will be held in Mid-September. A French festival invites well known stars and newcomers on the same stage. Also more on video game music taking over Classic FM and a new festival in Florence.

The Guardian

How video game music waltzed its way on to Classic FM

Once regarded as inferior to film and TV soundtracks, games scores are gaining recognition and awards as a valid form of contemporary classical music

The Telegraph

When opera meets rave: why socialites are flocking to Florence’s New Generation Festival

The dog days of August used to be the deadest time of year, at least for glamorous social gatherings. But thanks to three bright young musicians, that has suddenly all changed.

International Arts Manager

Nancy Zhou wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

American violinist Nancy Zhou has won the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC). She collects a cheque for USD100,000 (€86,100).

NY Times

An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More

When a recording of forgotten music on a forgotten instrument appears on the prestigious ECM label, chances are good that something ear-opening has been exhumed from the graveyard of history.

taz

Blau in Bayreuth

Die Musik hat jetzt wieder ein Dach überm Kopf. Das ist jedes Jahr so, Anfang September: Sommer vorbei, Schluss mit den Open-Air-Konzerten, Picknick mit Debussy, Beethoven in der Scheune, Verdi auf der Burgruine, Carmen am See. Das Wetter ist ab heute egal.

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Make-News

Einer der wenigen Irrtümer des ansonsten so treffsicheren, begnadeten Kabarettisten Georg Kreisler dürfte sich in der Chansonzeile manifestieren: „Heute findet jede Zeitung größere Verbreitung durch Musikkritiker“.

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Musizieren auf kleinstem Raum

Der Internationale Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart zählt zu den ältesten und traditionsreichsten Veranstaltungen seiner Art im deutschsprachigen Raum. 

Le Monde

Les jeux de rôle de la pianiste Lise de la Salle

Chaque samedi et chaque dimanche, à raison de deux concerts par jour, le festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle invite, jusqu’au 16 septembre, des pianistes à se produire dans des programmes panoramiques d’environ une heure.

 

(Written on September 3, 2018 )

We are very happy to announce that we are working with Spitalfields Music Festival this year. Founded in 1976, this annual music festival is now in its 42nd year, bringing artists, audiences and the local community together to explore and share extraordinary music in the heart of East London.

In 2017, the festival received rave reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, with the festival flagship project, Schumann Street! also winning a coveted RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2018.

With André de Ridder returning as Artistic Curator for 2018, expect an exciting programme building on the success of 2017; programming authentic performances of classical masterpieces alongside bold new work from trailblazing contemporary musicians with collaborations that blur boundaries between musical genres.

Spitafields Music’s work is founded on three pillars: Perform, Create and Learn. Curating unforgettable live music experiences that put a new sound on classical music. Creating a platform for new and upcoming artists, nurturing their boldest and most insightful work and through their award-winning learning and participation programme which reaches over 5,000 each year across schools, libraries, care homes and community spaces.

Music’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant and inclusive opportunities for people across East London to engage with music as creators, performers and audiences.

We look forward to managing their PR campaign for 2018 and look forward to announcing the exciting line-up for this year’s festival in a month’s time!

 

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. We offer PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office and Account Managers, you will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

  • To assist the Account Managers with their set of clients, working with them in securing press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience in PR, marketing or social media
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Fluency in another language
  • 3-6 month internship in an arts PR organisation or similar experience

Salary: £20,000 per annum (plus opportunities for bonuses) for full-time role

We are open to receiving applicants looking for a part-time role as an Account Manager. Please ask Olivia Brown for more details on this.

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat Junior Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 27th August 2018.

(Written on August 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: An airline refused to let orchestra on board with instruments. RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000. Original Elgar Manuscript on Antiques Roadshow. Premier trombonists to descend Iowa City. Symphonic flashmob in Berlin. 121 applications for Eisler scholarship in Leipzig. Orchestra of Valencia and Ramón Tebar to give free open air concert. Oliver Knussen – his life.

Classic FM

An airline refused to let this orchestra on board with their instruments – and they protested in the best way

This orchestra – Pokrovsky Opera on Facebook – were travelling from Riga airport in Latvia to Moscow, Russia, when they were stopped at security with their instrument cases.

Rhinegold

RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000

The programme offers a range of support to outstanding instrumentalists, ensembles and composers, including non-repayable grants for students in financial need to afford quality instruments.

Classic FM

Original Elgar manuscript valued at £100,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A woman who appeared on Antiques Roadshow has been sitting on an incredibly valuable musical item: the original drafts and revisions of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Daily Iowan

Premier trombonists to descend on Iowa City for international festival

For the first time, the University of Iowa will host the annual International Trombone Festival to bring world-class trombonists together for a special four-day event to celebrate the many facets the trombone has to offer.

Pizzicato

Ng Tian Hui named Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, an orchestra in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has announced as its new musical director 38-year-old Ng Tian Hui.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Er lehrte die wilden Kerle das Singen

Seine erste Sinfonie schrieb er mit Fünfzehn – und dirigierte sie gleich mit dem London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt ist der englische Komponist und Dirigent Oliver Knussen gestorben.

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Sinfonischer Flashmob

Die Aktion Symphonic Mob verwandelt am 23. September die Piazza der Mall of Berlin zum Konzertsaal, wenn Laienmusiker auf Profis des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin und des Rundfunkchors Berlin treffen

Musik Heute

121 Bewerbungen für Leipziger Eisler-Stipendium

Für das erstmals ausgeschriebene Hanns-Eisler-Stipendium der Stadt Leipzig haben sich 121 Komponisten angemeldet.

Platea Magazine

La Orquesta de Valencia y Ramón Tebar ofrecen un concierto gratuito en la Playa de Las Arenas

El próximo 13 de julio, a las 22 horas, la Orquesta de Valencia prolongará la celebración de su 30 aniversario con un concierto gratuito al aire libre, en el marco de la Playa de Las Arenas.

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonic Mob © Kai Bienert

(Written on July 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fifth year. Music@Malling 2018 will take audiences on a journey through music and time: placing the music of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music in and around the stunning historic venues and landscapes of West Malling, Kent, from 16th – 29th September. Combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music, the eighth Music@Malling festival comprises 28 events across 14 days. A unique festival in Kent that has built audiences from scratch engaging people from the local area, region and beyond.

This year, outreach work includes 1,800 children from 20 primary schools composing theme tunes for the theme park rides in The Great Enormo, a 21st Century Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, written by Michael Rosen and set to music by husband and wife team, Morgan Pochin, featuring Chamber Domaine.

 

 

Concerts include an exciting array of artists; Tenebrae, Chamber Domaine, Tippett Quartet, leading young pianist Vanessa Benelli Mossel, organist Rupert Jeffcoat, outstanding Cellists Peter Gregson and Richard Harwood, Vocalist and Violinist Lizzie Ball, Violinist Thomas Bowes, guitarists Morgan Szymanksi and Craig Ogden, and James Pearson – Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s.

 

Contemporary composers are celebrated alongside composer greats; from Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir, Owain Park, Debussy, Elgar, Tavener, Vaughn Williams, Parry, Bridge, to Bach alongside unsung composing talents such as Eugène Ysaÿe.

Notable periods of history are commemorated including The Armistice with Charles Dance, legendary actor narrating a programme with readings from Siegfried Sassoon and newly discovered correspondence from leading figures from the 20th century. Also ahead of its World Premiere at London’s V & A in November and to mark the end of the prestigious Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition, Lizzie Ball and Morgan Szymanksi, will be previewing a selection of works from Corrido – A Ballad for The Bravetaking musical and visual inspiration from the cultural landscape of Frida’s time in the inspiring All Saint’s Church, Tudeley with its famous Marc Chagall windows.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Music@Malling 2018 promises to be our biggest festival yet!  Including works by Debussy, Elgar, Vaughn Williams, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Ysaÿe, Walton and Delius.  Judith Weir – Master the Queen’s Music and a leading contemporary composer, is featured across five programmes and will be giving a talk about her music and how it connects with the past.  I am also delighted to have side-by-side events, a jamming session with James Pearson and Go Compose to inspire young musicians from across Kent. I started my violin lessons in the kitchen at West Malling Primary and I know that I would have been thrilled to have such an opportunity’.

(Written on July 9, 2018 )

In today’s news:  EU vote a “sad day” for music. Honorary scholarships awarded at Royal Academy of Music. Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds Classic FM no. 1 for seventh week in a row. Free version of Sibelius now available.  10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition. Cecilia Bartoli to perform La Cenerentola in Barcelona and Madrid. The Carl-Orff-Festspiele is back with a new name and motto. A portrait of Young Euro Classic. Bayreuth – Joachim Lange in conversation with director Yuval Sharon.

UK Music

UK Music chief: EU vote “a sad day” for music – but fight goes on to ensure fairness for creators

A vote by MEPs to reject the Legal Affairs Committee’s proposals on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was described as a “blow” for the music industry by UK Music.

Rhinegold

Royal Academy of Music awards honorary scholarships

The Royal Academy of Music has awarded honorary memberships to Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, and Paul Lewis among others.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Sheku Kanneh-Mason holds No. 1 for seventh consecutive week

The Royal wedding cellist once again remains unbeatable in the Classic FM Chart, as his debut album ‘Inspiration’ takes the No. 1 spot for the seventh week in a row.

Rhinegold

Free version of Sibelius software now available

Technology provider Avid has announced the availability of Sibelius|First, a free version of the composition and notation software Sibelius. The free software includes many of the features of the original, including composition, transcription and editing tools.

The Telegraph

For six months in 1937, Graham Greene ran a weekly magazine called Night and Day, a sort of London New Yorker.

10-Year-Old Natsuho Murata Awarded 1st Prize at Italy’s il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition

10-year-old Natsuho Murata has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition – in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

Concerti

Ausdrucksenergien, die zu Explosionen führen

Bei Young Euro Classic wird die Begeisterung junger Musiker zum Konzertereignis

Neue Musik Zeitung

Ein Amerikaner in Bayreuth – Joachim Lange im Gespräch mit „Lohengrin“-Regisseur Yuval Sharon

Amerikaner trifft auf Malerpaar, einen Wagnerspezialisten und auf den Schwanenritter – Yuval Sharon (39) inszeniert den neuen „Lohengrin“ in Bayreuth.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder

Die Carl-Orff-Festspiele sind zurück – mit neuem Namen und einem neuen Konzept: “O Fortuna… Das Weltenrad dreht sich wieder!”, so das Motto 2018.

Platea Magazine

Cecilia Bartoli cantará “La Cenerentola” de Rossini en Barcelona… y también en Madrid

La mezzosoprano romana Cecilia Bartoli llevará La Cenerentola, ópera de Rossini, hasta el Palau de la Música de Barcelona para conmemorar el 150 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor.

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(Written on July 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: First premiere at Bayreuth Festival since 1882. Herbert von Karajan wax figure to be revealed at Madame Taussauds at Vienna Prater. RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project. Wigmore Hall to host live-streamed concert with Holocaust survivor. Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners. Hamburg Opera sees audience numbers rise. Berlin State Opera on tour in Argentina with Daniel Barenboim. Pierre Fournier Award 2018 won by young American cellist.

Rhinegold

RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has been awarded a 436,000 euro grant to fund an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which will help develop digital learning resources and online conducting studies.

Rhinegold

Holocaust survivor to speak in live-streamed Wigmore Hall concert

Cellist and Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is to speak at a specially-programmed concert at Wigmore Hall on Sunday.

Gramophone

Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners

Major label hopes to help operatic discoveries reach even wider audiences. The deal will see the major label take on the worldwide distribution for all future Opera Rara recordings.

Classic FM

The Star Wars Imperial March in the style of Beethoven sounds momentous and sad

Richard Grayson was a great American composer and pianist, who was a bit of a whizz at improvising.

The Violin Channel

American Cellist Rainer Crosett Awarded Coveted 2018 Pierre Fournier Award

26-year-old American cellist Rainer Crosett has been awarded the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award – at Wigmore Hall, in London

Concerti

Erste Uraufführung in Bayreuth seit 1882

Die Oper „der verschwundene hochzeiter“ entstand in Zusammenarbeit des Komponisten Klaus Lang mit dem Regisseur Paul Esterházy. Damit präsentieren die beiden das erste Auftragswerk bei den Bayreuther Festspielen seit deren Bestehen

klassik.com

Herbert von Karajan als Wachsfigur

Der 1989 verstorbene Dirigent Herbert von Karajan zieht in der kommenden Woche in das Wachsfigurenkabinett Madame Tussauds im Wiener Prater ein.

Musik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper steigert Auslastung

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper hat in dieser Spielzeit mit 345.000 Zuschauern rund 25.000 Besucher mehr als in der vorherigen Saison angezogen.

Platea Magazine

La Staatsoper de Berlín visita el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires con Tristán e Isolda, con Daniel Barenboim

Los días 11, 14, 18 y 22 de julio, el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires acoge la visita de los cuerpos estables de la Staatsoper de Berlín, a las órdenes de Daniel Barenboim, para representar Tristan und Isolde de Richard Wagner.

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Festspielhaus Bayreuth © Rico Neitze/Wikimedia Commons

(Written on July 6, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce that we are working with the youth arts charity Music for Youth.

London Office Director Olivia Brown says, “This announcement comes at the end of a week of great news for our company, and really emphasises WildKat’s status as a creative agency. Alongside our creative PR services that will truly boost Music for Youth’s profile in both the mainstream media and the classical music press, we will be creating digital content and planning a creative campaign. These services are unique to WildKat and make sure that our clients are truly reaching the right audiences with the right approach. Our current team is made up of musicians, ex-music teachers, and funding experts, so we are really excited to have won this pitch and to begin a successful campaign with Music for Youth.”

The WildKat team is heading to Birmingham today for the National Festival, and we are excited to see the array of musical events put on by school groups from around the country. 10,000 young musicians will be taking to the stage at world-class performance venues and outdoor spaces across the city throughout the week.

© Music for Youth

Music for Youth is an organisation for people aged 21 and under, with a vision to be the UK’s most respected provider of musical performance opportunities for young people and a keen supporter and partner of music education.

Music for Youth has a Regional Festival that takes place between January and April every year. Over 40,000 young people take part in the series, showcasing jazz bands, school choirs, steel pans, string orchestras, and so much more! These events give young musicians the chance to feel part of something bigger and receive valuable feedback from their Music Mentors.

© Music for Youth

The organisation also gives the opportunity for children to perform who do not have access to school music lessons, and those who are self taught musicians and who play a wider range of instruments than those offered at their school. Schemes and engagements Music for Youth offer include the Festival Fringe, the Frequencies programme, the New Music Stage,  MFY Connects and the Music for Youth Proms, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall every year. These schemes generate opportunities for young people to take centre-stage at major business and industry events outside of Music for Youth’s season, giving access to new audiences, settings and experiences.

We very much look forward to representing and promoting Music for Youth as it approached its 50th anniversary year in 2020. We will be working on creative problem-solving and strategy, press and PR, digital content and placement, and a creative marketing campaign.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll be sharing activities from throughout the day.

(Written on July 6, 2018 )