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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Y SQUARE POD: S02E05 - TAKING BREAKS & RAINY SEASON


Y Square Podcast is back! After a few weeks off we thought it would only be right to discuss what we have been up to and the importance of taking breaks and self-care. In episode five of season two we also talk about the rainy season here in Sierra Leone and how to cope with it. We touch on various topics from what we’ve been reading, music, June affirmations, to our favourite seasons. Not to forget the interesting fact and African proverb. For more on the latest episode, find out here.




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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A DAY TRIP TO LETTIE STUART POTTERY, SIERRA LEONE




Twenty miles away from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone hides away a pottery workshop by the name of Lettie Stuart Pottery in Waterloo. The pottery workshop is in association with SLADEA – Sierra Leone Adult Education and supported by The Aurora Foundation. The studio provides intensive training to people interested in learning the skill. Local potters that have been making ceramic items for over a decade are currently teaching ten Sierra Leoneans the trade.

Before we started to make our own creations we toured the studio space that has seven wheels and multiple tables filled with drying sculptures and ready to buy items. In the storage area we learnt that the majority of the clay used at the site is from the neighbouring region of Lunsar. The reason behind this is because the surrounding clay in Waterloo is too weak to use and requires a whole process within itself to go through before using. Granite stone is manually broken into pieces before conforming into clay. Back breaking work to say the least!

A potter at the studio, Mohammed demonstrated how to make a bowl on the wheel. The kicking of the wheel below to spin the surface top, the manoeuvring of your arms to create your desired shape, as it’s moving. It was quite the workout if you ask me. Nevertheless it was so much fun! Only the items you use are what to pay for, this is the fixed rate of 70,000 Le. Unfortunately items made on the same day cannot be taken away as all items will be left to dry, however this is a great reason/excuse to come back, to collect what you had made during the last visit.


If you are looking to leaves the city and explore elsewhere in Sierra Leone this is a great activity to take part in. 


THINGS TO KNOW:

·      70,000 Le per person
·      Location description: Waterloo, Sierra Leone. Landmark point is ‘Baba Police Post’.

·      Potters I met at LSP: Ibrahima & Mohammed

Photo by Kanja Sesay



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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

WHAT NOT TO MISS THIS JULY 2019

Here are a few events around the globe not to miss this month. Enjoy my top picks!

1. POP UP AFRICA LATES| London | 4th July 2019

This is a new series hosted by Pop Up Africa. Enjoy a night market filled with African inspired products, food and music in the UK's capital city. Pop Up Africa are known for their annual take overs at Spitalfields Market. If you enjoy that, then think of the 'late' series as your double dosage.



2. 29 Rooms| Chicago USA | 18-28th July 2019

29 rooms is brought to you be Refinery 29. The installation aims to ignite your creativity while exploring 29 new temporary rooms, a space for interaction and exploration through out different locations in the States. Find out more here.


3. POD MEET| South Africa | 4th & 8th July 2019

As part of the Radio Days Africa event and a project of the Wits Radio Academy. Pod Meet Johannesburg is a networking event for people in the media industry and those who wish to start a podcast. Pod`Meet will also be holding the event in Cape Town on July 8th.



 4. Sunday Brunch at Swiss Hotel| Freetown, Sierra Leone | 

We (Y Square Pod) recently went to Swiss Hotel for brunch and were spoilt for choice. Don't miss out on The Swiss Hotel’s sweet and savoury options for brunch, every Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

Brunch at The Swiss Hotel, Freetown Sierra Leone.

 5. Love Supreme Festival| Glynde, UK | 5th-7th July 2019

Love Supreme is a Jazz festival that will take place at the Glynde Place in East Sussex. The three day festival hosts four stages including the main stage where the headline acts will perform. Love Supreme is considered one of the top jazz festivals in Europe since it launched in 2013. The festival includes panel discussions, fairgrounds, spoken word acts and more. Find out more information here.


6. Nelson Mandela Day | Worldwide | 18th July 2019



Many people and organisations around the globe take part in promoting 'Nelson Mandela Day' which is on the 18th of the July. In celebration of not only his life abut the acknowlegement of the positive change we can also implement around ourselves. The day also highlight action against poverty. Find out more information about the day and what you can do on the website.

7. Zanzibar International Film Festival | Zanzibar | 7th – 15 July 2019

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is a showcase of short films, documentaries, TV and web series alongside African Animation. The week long event also had workshops, talks and scheduled screenings through out the 7 days. If you are into film and Zanzibar is within reach. This is one event not to miss! 



8. Free Range Art Fair| London | 1st-8th July 2019

Free Range is an annual degree show which showcases the work of selected creative graduates from various universities within the United Kingdom. The location of the show is at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London. The show includes the final projects from graduating students of Photography and Fine Art.



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