As we gingerly edge out of hibernation and march into spring (geddit??), thoughts turn to venturing out as the gigging and events calendars fill out.

We are a small but dedicated team at Slap and do our utmost best to keep you informed of all the 3 counties artistic happenings via news, previews and listings.

However we really do need YOUR help in order not to leave anything out. If you organising, presenting or going to any artistic event which you feel may be newsworthy or at least list-worthy please contact us at editorial@slapmag.co.uk.

Similarly if you feel that your event should be reviewed in Slap we publish what is sent to us by voluntary, enthusiastic contributors to whom we are eternally grateful, so please write or get someone to send us their outpouring again to the above email address.

Please note that contributions do not have to Pulitzer Prize worthy and we are always happy to help and edit.

We are all here - reading, writing, photographing etc for Slap for the same reason - because we are passionate about our local arts scene, which brings me to my next point - one of solidarity.

It really doesn't matter where your political persuasion lies, it is a fact that The Arts as a whole are suffering across the region (and whole country) from swingeing cuts. We are a rightly diverse, dynamic community and all feeling the effects of the denuded funding.

It is therefore, critically and fundamentally important in these dark days for us to join together and assist one another in our multifarious but unified aims: enriching and furthering the creative arts scene.

Waste - ed

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