events

Generate [Playful Data]
Oct
23
to Oct 30

Generate [Playful Data]

INTERACTIVE

What is data and what does it mean? Generate helps us to visualise it, playfully…

This interactive installation takes you on a journey through a series of arches. Under each arch you'll answer a question by feeding a ribbon through holes relating to multiple-choice answers. As more people engage with Generate, it slowly transforms into a tunnel of colour.

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GROW! Snowhome x York Design Week
Oct
23
to Oct 30

GROW! Snowhome x York Design Week

Environmental Action

During York Design Week,  Snow Home shop and studio will be distributing acorns for you to gestate your own Oak Tree at home this Autumn. 

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we want to help you to take small steps to reduce your and offset your carbon footprint. 

Collect your acorn and instructions from: Snowhome, 42 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ.

Shop Open Mon - Fri 10 -5, Sat 10 - 5.30

WEBSITE

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Archive Alive
Oct
23
to Oct 30

Archive Alive

Installation

Part of the Exhibition of Social Design

Installation, ‘Archive Alive’ by Sculptor Shohrab Jahan, photographer Jim Joel and filmmaker Emilie Flower. A project about releasing our grip on history to imagine new futures through the archive. Conceived with the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, Chittagong University, Bangladesh and Makerere University, Uganda. 

Visit: Platform - YSJ Community Theatre

Opening Hours
Monday: Closed
Tues - Thurs: 10AM till 10PM
Fri - Sat: 10AM till 11PM
Sun: 10AM - 8PM

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Good Organisation : Installation
Oct
23
to Oct 30

Good Organisation : Installation

Good Organisation have collaborated with York based artist / facilitator Charlotte Dawson to offer their clients a series of creative workshops . Participants will have the  opportunity to express  their own  stories about their experiences of homlessness . The final outcomes will be showcased in various ‘outdoor’ locations around the city as part of York Design Week . The project  aims to offer new skills and experiences for Invisible York’s clients and spread awareness about homelessness in the city with a focus on challenging the stigma and myths attached to it.

Location TBC

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York Design Week Ghosts !
Oct
23
to Oct 30

York Design Week Ghosts !

Visit York Ghost Merchants on the Shambles to find your own limited edition York Design Week ghost. The merchants have made only 40 of these haunting figures in this years colours, so get there while stocks last.

Shop Open Mon - Sat 10 - 6 , Sun 11 - 5

6 Shambles

YO1 7LZ

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York Paper City [York Architectural Association x GF Smith]
Oct
23
to Oct 30

York Paper City [York Architectural Association x GF Smith]

INTERACTIVE

Join us at the Platform Gallery at Spark CIC to create York as a Paper City.

Over the Summer, we have been asking what is the colour of York? This interactive installation is a chance for you to imagine the future shape of the city with help from York Architectural Association.

From elaborate skyscrapers to landscaped gardens, York Paper City is an interactive, collaborative installation where you can create a vision for a new urban plan, all in the colour of York.

Sponsored by GF Smith and in collaboration with York Architectural Association.

#youareyork

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An Exhibition of Social Design
Oct
23
to Oct 30

An Exhibition of Social Design

Driven by creative thinking and finding solutions to big problems, design is purposeful and powerful. This exhibition navigates the past present and future of design for social function, and explores this narrative through work from designers past and present, established and emerging. 


Tom Sander from Kaizen Arts Agency curates this interactive and inclusive exhibition, where the audience is invited to take part in the creation of objects, paper cities and playscapes. Designers will host talks and workshops in the space during the week.

The exhibition will be at Platform - YSJ Community Theatre, at Spark CIC.

Opening Hours
Monday: Closed
Tues - Thurs: 10AM till 10PM
Fri - Sat: 10AM till 11PM
Sun: 10AM - 8PM

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GF Smith Heritage Exhibition
Oct
23
to Oct 26

GF Smith Heritage Exhibition

  • York St John University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The G . F Smith Heritage Cases showcase a display of iconic printed pieces from their archive that have become a celebration of the company’s proud design heritage.


The work, all commissioned by G . F Smith, includes pieces by some of the greatest names in the history of graphic design, art and photography, including Sir Peter Blake, Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Peter Saville and Rankin.

For more than 130 years G . F Smith has consistently sought out and worked with the best creative practitioners. These collaborations have resulted in a catalogue of truly groundbreaking and iconic promotional materials. The cases will be on display at York Design Week showing a retrospective of that body of work, and is a rare chance to study the work that lies behind a story of extraordinary design and marketing innovation.

Free - Drop In

GF Smith will also be coming to talk about the Worlds Favourite Colour on 25th October, York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

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Transforming Health and Care by Thrive Together
Oct
23
1:00 PM13:00

Transforming Health and Care by Thrive Together

WORKSHOP

Conversations to transform health and care in York

This is the forth in a series of events to bring together people who know and care about

  • how health and care might be improved (patients, clinicians, carers, charities, social enterprises, local authority staff and others)

  • how digital and technology can be used to improve health and care (technologists, data experts, service designers and others)

  • how worthwhile ideas are supported with time, money and know-how to bring them to life

We will bring to the events people who know and care about the use of digital and technology to improve health and care services and who are looking for people and ideas that they can help to support as necessary

In short we are bringing together

  • people who know about what needs to be made better in our health and care work and

  • people that know how to use technology and digital services to make this happen and 

  • people with the resources to support the work.

These free to attend events will provide you with a friendly and effective space to meet the people that can help you make things happen. Although we will start with lots of talking and meeting people we will soon move on to the question of ‘what might we get done together that we can’t struggling to do alone?’

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The Great York Ghost Search
Oct
23
to Oct 30

The Great York Ghost Search

  • That would be telling... (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

INTERACTIVE

Hidden around the city are 26 Ghost Lamps and Mini Ghosts and we need your help to find them.

We dare you and your family to take up the challenge of finding all the ghosts for the chance to win some spooktacular prizes, thanks to York Dungeon – the home of Halloween.

Go on a daring expedition to discover Ghost Lamps hidden in shop windows on some of York’s most haunted streets, lookout for those wandering spirits.  You can search for the lamps as twilight falls, when the city is bathed in moonlight – the perfect ghost search conditions. 

For a limited period each evening from 5 - 7pm during the 27 Oct - 1 Nov there will be 50 Mini Ghosts hiding in York’s shadowy corners, some with extra special decorations. If you are lucky enough to find a Mini Ghost it is yours to keep, but we politely ask that you limit your collection to just one per person.

Download the map or pick up a copy from the Visit York Information Centre located on 1 Museum Street.

 

Rewards and prizes up for grabs 

Hand in your completed trail map at the Visit York Information Centre to stand a chance of winning a family of 4 Premium Merlin Annual Pass. 

 Look out for the special edition green Mini Ghosts, if you find one hand it in to the York Dungeon to claim free tickets to experience the scare of your life.

 If you miss out on the chance to take home a mini ghost, don’t despair a limited number will be for sale at the Visit York Information Centre.

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Marketing + Design - Working Effectively Across Disciplines
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Marketing + Design - Working Effectively Across Disciplines

DISCUSSION

Join us for a panel discussion with industry leaders exploring the importance of the relationship between marketing communications and design for the ongoing success of campaigns.This special event, part of York Design Week, brings together industry leaders from both client-side and agency backgrounds to share their own experiences on how marketers and design professionals can and should work together to benefit of each discipline as well offering their thoughts on the 'dos and don’ts' when working across these teams.

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Co-Owned Neighbourhoods on York Central
Oct
24
4:00 PM16:00

Co-Owned Neighbourhoods on York Central

DISCUSSION

MY YORK CENTRAL

Big ideas emerged from the My York Central discussion. That York Central should be ‘a community made through exchange’, a place where housing is forever affordable, where people and play come before cars, and with public spaces which catalyses York’s creativity and innovation. Ever since those ideas emerged we’ve been having discussions about how to bring them to life on York Central. We’ve been asking how might we design a neighbourhood where the economic, social relationship as well as the buildings embody these ideas. The working title we’re using to hold these ideas is a Co-Own Neighbourhood. 

  • Can we design at once new built environment, social relations and an economy?

  • Can we proactively use the wealth that exists in York (socially, culturally and financially) to address inequalities?

  • What are the precedents for this? Are there developers who can help us make this happen?

  • How can we draw together different legal and financial vehicles – from community land trust, co-housing to community investment share issues?

Join the discussions, hear from innovative projects elsewhere and help shape the next steps for this big idea for York Central.

Holgate Dining Room Extension

FREE - GET TICKETS HERE

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Lotte Inch Gallery: All in the Detail Exhibition Preview Evening
Oct
24
5:00 PM17:00

Lotte Inch Gallery: All in the Detail Exhibition Preview Evening

EXHIBITION

Lotte Inch Gallery hosts another high-quality exhibition by nationally and internationally renowned ceramicist, Chris Keenan. 

Chris Keenan makes iconic, beautifully glazed pots for domestic spaces. This actor-turned potter began potting as an apprentice to Edmund de Waal in 1995 before opening his own studio in London in 1998. Since then, his work has become more and more technically refined and is sought after by many collectors. Examples of his work can be found in private collections across both the UK and internationally.

All in the Detail | New Work by Chris Keenan runs Friday 25th October – Saturday 16th November 2019. Thursday -Saturday 10am – 5pm.


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Lazenby Brown Present - Brand Personality Workshop
Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Lazenby Brown Present - Brand Personality Workshop

WORKSHOP

Led by Mat Lazenby, Creative Director of LazenbyBrown, this free session is aimed at business owners, designers and anyone interested in how authentic brand personality is captured and communicated. The session will explore the internal and external power of human archetypes and individualism in an increasingly crowded and noisy marketplace. Spaces are limited, to secure your free space, email events@lazenbybrown.com

FREE

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The Worlds Favourite Colour
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

The Worlds Favourite Colour

Join us at the De Grey Lecture Theatre at York St John for this talk on ‘The World’s Favourite Colour’. Presented by GF Smith, as part of their ‘World’s Favourite Colour Report’, an international study of colour, emotion and associations. 

Over August and September, York Design Week have been asking via an online survey: What is the Colour of York? **There is still time to vote until 14th October, just head over to The Colour of York

Also, check out York Paper City, an interactive installation by York Architectural Association for another Colour of York event.

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DC Labs @ Spark CIC : Tech Futures
Oct
26
to Oct 27

DC Labs @ Spark CIC : Tech Futures

DC Labs invites you to experience “Jellyfishin" - an interactive VR piece developed to raise awareness among primary school children about the effects of plastics on the ocean. Step into an underwater virtual world and get up close with sea creatures to hear what they have to say!

SATURDAY 26 TICKETS

SUNDAY 27 TICKETS

Saturday and Sunday at Spark CIC 12-4pm

Drop in with your Eventbrite ticket and claim your time slot, queues are likely - please visit the Exhibition of Social Design or grab some food from Spark while you wait!

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Treligan Present : Design Sprint for Nature
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

Treligan Present : Design Sprint for Nature

In this half day workshop you will learn to apply design thinking to biodiversity challenges in UK urban centres. We'll share inspiring examples of designing for and with the environment, and give you some insight into the potential opportunities on the horizon for bright, inspired designers working in this area.

At the end of the session you will have produced a concept design response to a biodiversity challenge that you have identified and explored in the workshop.

You will also learn several effective design thinking techniques and skills that you can deploy on a broad range of problems:

  • How to decide your “boundary of interest” and use it to focus your attention

  • How to have confidence you’re making “right” environmental decisions when designing

  • How to break down a complex design challenge into manageable components

TICKETS £10 - £20

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Workshop: Community Garden at Lowfield Green
Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Community Garden at Lowfield Green

Lowfield Green Housing Co-operative. Community Garden - permaculture workshop.


Join the Lowfield Green Housing Coop to design a new community garden for Acomb! The garden will be located on the new development at Lowfield Green, and we want you to help design it! Using companion planting and permaculture ideas, we want to design a garden that encourages biodiversity, brings our community together and provides a playful, nurturing environment.

Who Are We?

More about Lowfield Green Housing Coop and the Community Garden:

We are a community of people who are going to build our own homes on the site of Lowfield Green along the principles of mutual home ownership (MHOS) with the assistance of our hub, Yorspace. The co-operative will run under the principles of an ethical, sustainable and accessible community. As such we are very committed to the principle that our actions should always seek to limit our impact on the local and wider environment and where possible should aim to improve it along the principles of One Planet Living.

What do we want to achieve?

By creating a community garden initiative, we want to not only make the landscape within our land beautiful, sustainable and environmentally friendly but also to assist in making the landscape within the greater Acomb and York area to the same standard. We would like to work with people in the area to help teach and learn better ways to ensure that as much land as possible is being used in a productive fashion, be that as edible gardens, or friendly to pollinators, birds and other wildlife. We would also like to work with local business within Acomb to promote the benefits of community gardening.

How do we aim to achieve this?

The main focus of our community garden initiative is to interact with the community of Acomb through a community garden space in the proposed village green area in the Lowfield Green site. There we will be able to run varying community sessions that we allow us to teach local residents about the benefits of the One Planet Living principles. We will actively keep up to date with new information that can benefit the environmental impact of our gardens and help teach them to the residents to put into practice within their own gardens. We will also work with children’s groups to help teach them about interacting with nature and cultivate an understanding and care for their environment. We will also try to help people to learn how to use their local environment to help them live a more healthy and active lifestyle. 

Our commitment

Our community garden initiative will carry over a number of the founding principles of our housing co-operative to ensure that we offer to the wider community the same visions that we have for our own community. As such we will aim to ensure that no-one is made to feel excluded and that we will always endeavour to make our work as accessible to all who wish to take part. We will make sure that all who are involved with the community gardens are given an equal say in the direction that they want the gardens to go in. We will welcome those of different communities in to see how we do what we do.

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Launch Party: York Design Week
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Launch Party: York Design Week

Join us at Spark CIC for some very informal drinks in celebration of the FIRST EVER York Design Week. We are so excited to share the week with so many talented and creative people, and we want to have a cheers with as many of those people as possible (maybe we could set a new world record…?!)

We’ll be at the upstairs bar at Spark from 7pm onwards.

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Anna Manfield: [an invitation to P L A Y]
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Anna Manfield: [an invitation to P L A Y]

Designing for Play - Family Workshop

Building upon research and consultation that took place over the city during the summer 2019, ‘playing out?’ - Kaizen Arts Agency have commissioned designer Anna Manfield to explore some key themes arising from those conversations and create a workshop that invites children to come and design their own play space.

Drop in session

Suitable for children aged 5+ , must be accompanied by an adult.

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Native Architects: Open Studio
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Native Architects: Open Studio

Native Architects is a Yorkshire based architects’ practice specialising in delivering individually designed, low environmental cost, sustainable buildings.

This is an exciting opportunity to visit Native’s office and learn about sustainable building, including:

  • Straw Bale Construction

  • Limecrete

  • Hempcrete

Learn more about Native on their WEBSITE

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York Tech Fest
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

York Tech Fest

YorkTechFest is a Tech Conference delivered annually in the City of York in celebration of and through collaboration of the volunteer non-profit tech community. In true spirit of the volunteer tech scene, we bring together communities on one evening showcasing a programme of speakers and interactive workshops.

Aimed at members of existing volunteer tech communities and also to those who would like to have a taster of what we do - come along and dip in to sessions from our speakers representing our non- profit tech communities on the evening.

To be delivered in multiple tracks on several stages in a festival format - we represent technical communities including YorkCodeDojo, AgileYork, Front-End-York, DotNetYork, Games Developer York and many, many more.....

YorkTechFest is run by YorkDevelopers – a registered Charity whose primary aim is to grow and develop tech non-profit communities. This year, YorkDevelopers are partnering with York Explore who manage the City of York Council’s library and archive services.

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David Rudlin: Climax City: Masterplanning and the Complexity of Urban Growth
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

David Rudlin: Climax City: Masterplanning and the Complexity of Urban Growth

  • The New School House Gallery, Peasholme Green (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

York Collaborative Futures Series

The New School House Gallery

How does spontaneous urban growth interact with the process of masterplanning? Join URBED’s David Rudlin to explore his new book Climax City which uses intricate and compelling maps of cities around the world to raise big questions for planning and urban development.


David Rudlin is a master planner and director of URBED, known for innovative projects which get to the heart of the challenges facing cities. David has been an interlocutor with York and its distinctive qualities and issues for many years. David’s understanding of York informed Uxcester Garden City, his Wolfson Economic Prize winning proposal co-authored with Nicholas Falk, which used York (disguised by being rotated) to show how cities of similar scale could double in size in ways which were both ‘economically viable and popular’. David will be joining us on this occasion to talk about his new book Climax City: Masterplanning and the Complexity of Urban Growth. We will then open the discussion up to explore what some of these ideas might mean both for York and for the world today.

FREE TICKETS HERE

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Drawing Stuff with Mark Ibson
Oct
30
1:00 PM13:00

Drawing Stuff with Mark Ibson

Drawing stuff with Mark Ibson, painter and collector of curious things. Join Mark at the Exhibition of Social Design (Platform YSJ Community Theatre) for an Observational Drawing Workshop.

We are all creative, we just need to find our medium - during this informal session, participants will be encouraged to let go of past assumptions and draw what they see.

Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

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What is the problem and whose problem is it?
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

What is the problem and whose problem is it?

A collaborative conversation for our future. How can we work together to solve big problems through creative thinking and practical action?

From Kaizen Arts Agency, My Future York, The Guild of Media Arts

This event aims to discover, explore and pin point how grass roots practical action can influence top down strategy and how strategy can translate into practical action - to question assumptions, to disrupt prescribed methodologies and create a platform for good change, inspiring a move towards cultural democracy. The discussion attempts to build bridges, join up thinking and ideas, and influence an action plan for key stakeholders in the city (this includes all people who want to be involved in making York a more vibrant and collaborative place - intergenerational, interdisciplinary, private, public and community sectors). 

We are inviting historians, councillors, teenagers, creatives practitioners, students, environmental activists - everyone who would like to join this collaborative hustings. We want to communicate the notion that every one of us is creative, and we want to promote this within our communities - culture is made by us, not for us. 

This long table event will aim to be inclusive and empathetic, and give those who may not always be heard, a chance to pipe up. The door is open, you are more than welcome.

Temple Hall, York St John University.

FREE PLEASE REGISTER FOR TICKETS HERE

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[Castle Gateway Eye Project] Moulding Our Futures with Julia Davis Nosko
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

[Castle Gateway Eye Project] Moulding Our Futures with Julia Davis Nosko

WORKSHOP TWO:

How can we make a new public space that is BRILLIANT for families? We’re working with four artists this summer to explore the heritage and potential of the Castle Gateway through creative deviation. Jade Blood, Julia Davis Nosko, Mat Lazenby and Rich Corrigan are running family friendly workshops designed to get you thinking about the past, present and future of this fantastically versatile space.

Come along and work in clay making your own mottes, mounds and castles. Drawing on inspiration from the landscape and histories of Cliffords Tower we are exploring the nature of the space by using greenery and natural elements on site. Sharing ideas together of how the space looked and felt - and how it can look and feel in the future

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[Castle Gateway Eye Project] The Art of Social Uprising
Jul
30
12:00 PM12:00

[Castle Gateway Eye Project] The Art of Social Uprising

How can we make a new public space that is BRILLIANT for families? We’re working with four artists this summer to explore the heritage and potential of the Castle Gateway through creative deviation. Jade Blood, Julia Davis Nosko, Mat Lazenby and Rich Corrigan are running family friendly workshops designed to get you thinking about the past, present and future of this fantastically versatile space.

WORKSHOP ONE:

The ART OF SOCIAL UPRISING with JADE BLOOD
On: 30th July 

Be at: The Artsbarge (on the river at Castle Gardens )

Between: 12pm - 4pm 

Participants will use material from the archives of English Heritage and York Explore Library as inspiration to navigate themes of  historical social protest in York. Jade will lead this workshop where we will make banners, flags and capes for the next generations uprising - what could this be? This event is part of a series of summer workshops - please check our website for more information about the project, and ways to get involved. 

Please note: If you do not wish to be in the film itself, please let a member of the crew know, you are still more than welcome to join us! 

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KAIZEN CRIT GROUP
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

KAIZEN CRIT GROUP

First Thursday of every month, CRIT GROUP. Come and talk about your work, bring it, describe it, do it, whatever you do whoever you are, KAIZEN CRIT GROUP is an open, supportive arts based (but not exclusively arts - yes we love science and maths as well and all the other amazing things you do) IF you have an idea or a project you want to run by some folk, come talk at our new co-working space. Kaizen Co-Work Space at Spark first Thursday’s of the month, 6pm. There’ll be beer and wine and lots of good chat.

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Sculpture Club
May
1
4:00 PM16:00

Sculpture Club

Sculpture Club is an after school art club for all ages. Bring your children, your nanna, your mum and your dad. Intergenerational art group. Play in 3D, think, design make. Every Wednesday 4-6pm at our co-working space at Spark York. Part of Lasting Resonance scheme for York Design Week. Lets fill this town with good design.

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Brexit Surgery
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Brexit Surgery

Lets come together. All ages. Help heal the divide and disparity that Brexit has created in our local community. This session aims to identify issues, develop discourse and cut through the confusion that the political environment and media has made. All ideas will be presented to Rachel Maskell.

Leave Leave Remain at the Door. This is not a debate. This is our future.

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