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Free and low-cost arts events to attend this summer

Free and low-cost arts events to attend this summer
These events won’t break the bank (Picture: Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave/Transported Art/@wallflowerbrixton)

The cost of living crisis doesn’t have to cancel your summer.

Across the country, there are free and low-cost events to enjoy – from live music to practical classes.

The Arts Council has shared some of the best options coming up this month and next with

And with a mix of orchestras, children’s activities, art galleries and more, there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy without breaking the bank.

Anthem Anthem Revolution

Sport meets music (Picture: Anthem Anthem Revolution)

From 24 July

Part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Anthem Anthem Revolution is an interactive sport and music event taking place in July that will see children and young people battle a table tennis robot to create a new song.

Each time a participant successfully returns the ball, a new musical element will be added until the song is complete.

Find out more here.

Brixton Chamber Orchestra

Get musical (Picture: @wallflowerbrixton)

22 – 31 July. Free.

Brixton Chamber Orchestra’s 22-piece orchestra will be playing a mixture of music, from grime and classical to disco and swing (and everything in between) – all for free at housing estates across the London Borough of Lambeth.

BCO is supported through the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants programme.

Find out more here.

Creative People and Places Hounslow

Want to get creative? (Picture: What You Do Not See)

Various dates. Various prices, including free and £2 events.

Guests can enjoy a mix of classes on offer here, including creative collage workshops, bracelet crafting and pom-pom making sessions.

For those who want to admire rather than make, there are exhibitions on too.

Find out more here.

Liberty Festival

Artists challenge how culture can be performed and experienced by all audiences (Picture: Scallywag Fox)

22 July – 24 July. Free.

This three-day festival of groundbreaking creative experiences and works by D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists, is presented by the Mayor of London.

Head to Lewisham in south east London for this one.

Find out more here.

Woodcarving workshop

Carpentry is on the agenda here (Picture: Transported Art)

23 July. Free.

Head to Sutton Bridge for a session with respected carver Peter Tree to celebrate the area’s unique characteristics.

Find out more here.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Fun for the whole family (Picture: Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave)

24 July

For those not clued-up, this is a day-long family rave at the Horniman Museum Gardens.

There will be famed London DJs and – alongside the music and dancing – food, bars, craft activities, storytelling, bubbles, balloons, playdough and foam.

Find out more here.

Birmingham 2022 Festival

Creativity at every corner (Picture: Birmingham Festival)

Various dates.

Expect a series of free and low cost arts events – including public art installations, African drummers and children’s poetry – at Birmingham 2022 Festival.

This coincides with the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and is supported by Arts Council England.

Find out more here.

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Apple expected to launch new low-cost 5G iPhone at event on Tuesday

Apple expected to launch new low-cost 5G iPhone at event on Tuesday

Apple Inc AAPL-Q will likely announce a new low-cost version of its iPhone SE with 5G capabilities at its annual spring product launch event on Tuesday, analysts say.

The iPhone maker is also expected to launch a new version of the iPad Air and a high-end Mac Mini at the event.

Apple’s iPhone SE is currently priced at $399. CFRA Research analyst Angelo Zino said Apple could attract more price-sensitive consumers if the price remains the same for the new version.

“It could potentially provide upside to our unit iPhone estimate for 2022 if they keep that price point unchanged,” Zino said. “The iPhone SE really caters well to a lot of first-time buyers on the iPhone ecosystem that may be younger individuals, where their parents are going out there buying that device.”

The new phone would be the first update to the iPhone SE model in two years and is rumoured to come with an improved camera and a faster processor.

The United States, Japan and Western Europe have been the top markets for iPhone SE sales in recent years, said analyst Ryan Reith of IDC. Reith said these regions will likely remain the top markets after the anticipated launch of the third-generation iPhone SE.

“We probably won’t see big geography shifts,” Reith said, adding that he expects the new iPhone SE to account for 10 per cent of iPhone shipments globally after the launch.

IPhones with 5G capabilities have been a big part of Apple’s focus for its flagship product, with its latest-model iPhone 13 showing off custom 5G antennas and radio components for faster speeds as customers look for powerful devices with better connectivity.

But some analysts still point to the limitations of 5G technology globally.

“Currently in most countries in the world, that (5G) technology simply isn’t good enough to create a unique and differentiated experience … the fact that the iPhone SE comes with 5G is more a way to enable users to leverage 5G when that technology evolves over the next year or two,” Canalys research analyst Runar Bjørhovde said.

Zino said he does not anticipate services or accessories launches at the Tuesday event, though an unexpected announcement in the services sector is still possible.

Apple usually hosts three events every year to launch new products, starting in spring and announcing the launch of its latest iPhone range just before the holiday shopping season.

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Apple said on March 1 it has paused all product sales in Russia. The company also said it has stopped all exports into its sales channels in the country and limited Apple Pay and other services in Russia.

The Russian state media, RT News and Sputnik News, are no longer available for download from the Apple Store outside Russia.

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