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SHETLAND Arts is looking for applications from performers seeking to stage new work live later this year.

Commissions can be made in music, theatre, dance or any performing art, and for any venue in Shetland.

They will be supported by a second round of Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Shetland Arts will provide a fee, which is anticipated to be up to £10,000, including support towards production costs, and performers can also be supported with space in Mareel and receive technical, marketing and production support.

Applications must be in by 19 September, and work must be staged live during October, November or December.

LOCAL groups Shetland Solidarity with Refugees and Afghan Emergency Shetland are holding a pop-up shop sale in Lerwick over the next number of days to raise money for charity.

The pop-up shop will be located in the unit next to the Olive Tree in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre from 11-18 September inclusive between 10am and 4pm.

Shetland Solidarity with Refugees said there has been an “overwhelming amount of donations” recently.

Items the groups do not manage to sell will be sent to Care4Calais/Re-Act Scotland or whichever charity has most need and room to accommodate donations.

SEVEN new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Shetland.

It comes as a further 6,836 cases were reported across Scotland in the last 24 hours.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart says the Scottish Government is “not listening to local needs”.

It comes after it published its Programme for Government, which sets out the plans for the year ahead and beyond.

“We need a new menu instead of this ‘re-heated’ Programme for Government,” Wishart said.

“It seems the Scottish Government is still not listening to local needs. The SNP and Greens don’t see the irony of stating they support island communities, but plan to move air traffic control jobs to Inverness.

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“Nor can they see that supporting local food and drink is tricky when they haven’t resolved ferry freight capacity limitations.”

TWO events are taking place next month to provide advice and support to local individuals, companies and organisations with innovative ideas.

The first will be held at the SaxaVord Spaceport on 5 October, and another will follow at the Shetland UHI Scalloway campus the day after.

They are being hosted by SaxaVord Spaceport and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), a Government organisation which “finds and funds exploitable innovations to support UK defence and security”.

Places can be booked online here or here.

SHETLAND Islands Council’s environmental health team is reminding local businesses to plan ahead to include full details on labels for prepacked foods.

From 1 October new legislation comes into force which requires food businesses in Scotland to include detailed ingredient and allergen information on labels for prepacked foods for direct sale (or ‘PPDS’).

More information about the requirements of the PPDS labelling is available on the Food Standards Scotland website.

A TABLE tennis open night is being held in Lerwick next week at which people can receive training from future and past Island Games players.

All equipment is supplied and people will be able to register for Shetland Table Tennis Association’s league squad.

The event is being held in the Clickimin Leisure Centre’s main hall on Tuesday (14 September) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

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