Using RSS

This is the RSS logo and will appear on any site that offers RSS as an option. The logo appears on the Activate Performing Arts website wherever RSS feeds are available.

Feeds let you get content from delivered to the sites and services you use already. The following feeds are available from

RSS Feeds:

iCalendar feeds:

For an explanation of RSS and how to use it see below, or watch the video below:


What does RSS mean?

These days RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ because it allows content from a website to be displayed (or syndicated) in other places.

What are RSS feeds?

Put simply feeds are just web pages, but they’re designed to be read by computers rather than people. Feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content without having to visit the websites that content comes from.

How can I use them?

To use RSS feeds you’ll need a feed reader.

There are two sorts of feed readers – those that you install and run on your computer at home or work, and those that work via a website. You can think of this difference as being much the same as the that between downloading your email into a program like Microsoft Outlook, or using a web-based service like Hotmail or Gmail.

Once you’ve chosen a feedreader (see below) all you need to do is subscribe to the feeds you want to receive. Exactly how you subscribe depends on which reader you choose – but if you’re using Bloglines or Google Reader (the two leading web-based readers) you can do this simply by clicking the Orange feed icons at the top of this page.

How do I get a feed-reader?

There’s a large number of feedreaders available and new versions appear all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. If your not sure which readers are compatible with your computer we’d recommend that you choose one of the web-based readers as you should be able to use any of these no matter what type of computer you have.


Mac OS X:


Web-based services will require you to create an account with them before you can use their service.

If you use Mozilla Firefox as your browser then you already have a feed reader built in to your internet browser. Check this link to learn more: RSS feeds in Mozilla Firefox, additionally a number of feedreaders are also available as add-ons to Firefox, such as WizzRSS

What Feeds Are Available?

Feeds are available for most of the main sections of the site, the links to the feeds are at the top of this page

What’s this iCAL thing all about?

You may have noticed that in What’s On there’s a second icon to the left of the orange RSS icon. This is a link to the What’s On iCAL feed. ICAL is a format for sharing calendars and this link will let you pull What’s On information directly into the calendar program of your choice. Instructions for some of the most popular calendar program are available from the links below. If you need help with a calendar program that isn’t listed then just email us.