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IT is the ground breaking Sheffield-based competition which throws together musicians and film makers at random - then challenges them to create a music video in just a fortnight.

The 2Weeks 2Make It contest is now in its fifth year, and has previously featured luminary city bands such as Dead Like Harry and Alvarez Kings.

Each act is paired with a film-making team to make the video before a panel of judges decide a winner at a special screening and awards evening.

“It’s a perfect platform to get your work recognised,” says organiser Rob Speranza, of The South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network.

Prizes include a record distribution contract, equipment, booze and cold hard cash.

Application forms available at www.syfn.org/2weeks.html before the May 2 deadline. The launch night will be May 5 at a venue still to be confirmed.

Van man can

WANTED: a white van man.

A Sheffield charity is holding a balloon race, and they need a vehicle to hold the balloons before release.

The event, set to be held at Devonshire Green at a date to be confirmed, has been organised by Lost Chord, a music charity supporting people with dementia.

If you can help call Tina Harrison on 01709 811160.

Explore Cologne

SHEFFIELD’S very own urban explorer Duncan J D Smith releases his seventh travel book in May.

As previously reported in The Diary, the tome, Only In Cologne published by Christian Brandstätter Verlag, promises to explore the hidden gems of the German city.