ACE unveils details of ‘transformative’ 25-year Creative Talent Plan

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17 Feb 2017

Leicester’s De Montfort University is to collaborate with Arts Council England on a pilot programme and a three-year trial.

Mayor bids to make Thames Estuary centre for creative industries

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15 Feb 2017

Several new national hubs, including theatre-making studios, a centre for experiential arts and large-scale artwork foundry, could be built along the Thames Estuary.

New York opera security scare after powder sprinkled into orchestra pit

31 Oct 2016

The Metropolitan Opera cancelled a performance during the interval as a safety precaution after somebody sprinkled an unknown powder into the pit.

Library scoops £3,000 in the National Lottery Awards

25 Aug 2016

St Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs attracted over 2,000 votes to be named Best Arts Project for its work promoting health and wellbeing.

Accessibility at the heart of new theatre audience manifesto

22 Feb 2017

A 17-point manifesto, developed by Manchester’s Royal Exchange in collaboration with over 2,000 audience members, calls for theatre “to connect more with ordinary people” and “to challenge all of us”.

Bid to catalogue ‘secret’ collection of tax-exempt artworks

22 Feb 2017

A new project, Open Inheritance Art, is asking members of the public to track down and photograph 36,000 works – some of which are located in private homes – which should be publicly accessible under the Conditional Exemption Tax Incentive scheme.

British musical theatre to be nurtured through new collective

22 Feb 2017

The New Musical Development Collective, which aims to support British musicals and musical theatre artists by forming annual partnerships with theatre organisations, will open with a 12-month residence at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

London art gallery under attack for promoting ‘hate speech’

22 Feb 2017

A protest will be staged outside LD50 gallery in Dalston after accusations it gave a platform to racist and Islamophobic figures.

Musically significant locations sought for Blue Plaques initiative

22 Feb 2017

40 iconic musicians and venues will be honoured with Blue Plaques to mark BBC Music Day.

Rep theatre returns to Manchester for first time in 50 years

21 Feb 2017

Northern Rep, set to launch as a pop-up in the city’s Great Northern Warehouse in March, will open permanently in the building from May. It will be able to seat up to 300 people in the flexible main house and up to 100 in a studio space.

Edinburgh Fringe venue ditches controversial digital event

21 Feb 2017

After programming screened performances and virtual reality experiences in 2016, the Assembly Rooms’ founders have decided to stage traditional live shows again.

Leading orchestra to leave UK over Brexit concerns

20 Feb 2017

Worries that freedom of movement restrictions could make it harder for European orchestras to work with British musicians are prompting the Oxford-based European Union Baroque Orchestra to move to Antwerp.

£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

Royal Welsh College launches new opera school with WNO

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17 Feb 2017

The school will provide professional experience for designers, stage managers and arts managers, alongside training for singers and instrumentalists.

Online network to bring culture to the coast

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17 Feb 2017

The Coastal Culture Network will help connect arts and cultural organisations, local authorities, Coastal Community Teams and other local groups.

Theatre Royal Wakefield to build £900k arts centre

17 Feb 2017

A council contribution of £300k has given the green light to proposals to renovate the derelict site adjacent to the venue, creating conference facilities, rehearsal studios and a learning centre. Construction is expected to start in May and could be finished by the end of 2017.

Dance sector adopts data-driven approach to dancers’ health

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17 Feb 2017

The Royal Ballet has committed to sharing its expertise in caring for dancers by partnering with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

Fundraising Regulator out of reach of Trading Standards

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17 Feb 2017

Trading Standards is powerless to investigate a complaint against the Fundraising Regulator by arts charity Children and the Arts, whose accusations can only be adjudicated by the Regulator itself.

Visual arts leaders back campaign against right-wing populism

16 Feb 2017

Director of Tate Modern Frances Morris is one of more than 200 artists, writers and curators to support ‘Hands off our Revolution’, a new campaign “confronting the rise of right-wing populism in the US and Europe”.

Booking fees introduced at London’s Park Theatre

16 Feb 2017

The north London venue is to introduce a 10% booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket, for bookings made over the phone, as part of plans to outsource its telephone sales team to ticketing agency Cambridge Live.

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