The Arts Council of England and BBC English Regions have initiated a project entitled ?Roots? to generate a higher broadcast profile for African, Asian, Caribbean and Chinese arts and culture. 11 Roots project co-ordinators will be working to generate radio, online and television coverage, and will be testing Roots branded events in local communities and arts venues. They are keen to hear from artists, venues and promoters interested in promoting culturally diverse work in new ways.
Contact Nicky Allison e: nicky.allison@artscouncil.org.uk

Cultural organisations producing digital learning materials are being invited to apply to become content providers for Curriculum Online, a Government initiative supporting eLearning with major grants to schools to buy online resources. The aim of the initiative is to give teachers easy online access to a wide range of digital learning materials to support their teaching across the curriculum. Apply to become a content provider at http://register.curriculumonline.gov.uk

Mobile phone users in Leeds are to have the opportunity to participate in a year-long poetry event using SMS text messaging. CityPoems allows users to read or submit poems relating to selected landmarks around Leeds, and participants can either submit a text poem of up to 160 characters, or text a number displayed at PoemPoints across the city to receive a poem. w: http://www.citypoems.co.uk

Visiting Arts has been funded by the European Cultural Foundation to publish cultural mapping reports on Egypt and Lebanon. The reports will provide case-studies on UK and European cultural exchange work with the two countries, highlight the networks and collaborations currently underway and attempt to stimulate new two-way dialogues.
Contact Melissa Naylor e: melissa.naylor@britishcouncil.org

Magic Me, an intergenerational arts charity based in east London, is keen to hear from performing artists, writers, poets and video artists with an interest in community work which brings together young people and elders through shared arts and creative activities. Contact Nancy Mountain t: 020 7375 0961

A new US periodical focusing on cultural tourism is being launched online and in print. The Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP) aims to encourage partnerships between cultural/heritage organisations and travel professionals. Reporting on trends and developments, TAP will feature case histories of co-operative projects as well as advice for developing new relationships. e: [info@travelartspartnership.com}

The London Fringe Theatre Symposium will take place on February 15, providing an opportunity for venues, companies and practitioners with an interest in the London Fringe to share practice and problem solve with their peers. e: ajshrubsall@aol.com