International cultural exchange

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22 Jun 2017

Delivering training to creative businesses across Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has taught Visiting Arts the value of forming relationships face-to-face, says Sophia Victoria.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of an American scheme now running in the UK.

Knowing the score

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14 Jun 2017

A simple repertoire scoring system is far more effective than a crystal ball for predicting the popularity of a programme, setting budgets and segmenting an audience. David Reece explains how it works.

Creating real connections

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18 May 2017

As technology becomes an increasingly distracting force, it’s down to live entertainment to tempt people to set aside their devices and be present with each other, says Dave Wakeman.

London culture spend third highest in the world

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12 May 2017

A comparison of 16 world cities shows the capital’s £1.2bn annual spend is behind only Moscow and Paris.

Refugees to the fore

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19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

In times of conflict

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06 Apr 2017

Art can ask difficult questions and help people engage with complex topics. With conflict and political divisions spreading across the globe, it’s vital arts producers find new ways to bring people together, says Daniel Gorman.

More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

Where there’s a will

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09 Mar 2017

Turtle Key Arts has been involved in arts projects with disabled people in many countries. Alison King reflects on the attitudes and approaches of the people she has met.

Spreading like bushfire

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27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

Respect for the artist

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23 Feb 2017

What rights do artists have when their work is exhibited without their permission? Eleni Polycarpou considers the controversy surrounding the Anselm Kiefer exhibition in China.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

The power of the lullaby

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14 Feb 2017

A fascination with lullabies has led Supriya Nagarajan to produce inter-cultural performances and education projects around the world. She tells the story. 

What does a Trump presidency mean for the arts?

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24 Nov 2016

Will Donald Trump, a liberal arts graduate, be enamoured by an industry with an envious return on investment? Or will his government continue a history of half-hearted federal support, asks Craig W Johnson.

International activity financially ‘worth it’ for arts organisations

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14 Nov 2016

Over half of Arts Council England’s NPOs are reaping rewards working internationally, but larger organisations and those based in London tend to benefit most financially.

No immunity in Italy

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03 Nov 2016

UK-based artworks loaned overseas to museums or galleries are more at risk from seizure in Italy than they would be in other European countries. Giulia Cipollini calls for the situation to change.

On a mission to matter

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27 Oct 2016

How can arts organisations ensure they matter to their audiences and funders? Sara Lock has been learning from Nina Simon, author of The Art of Relevance.

Managing your cultural brand

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06 Oct 2016

An established brand has helped arts organisations increase engagement and fundraise. But how do you begin developing a brand? Kirsten Abildgaard offers her tips.

Dancing all over the world

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25 Aug 2016

Dance is perfectly suited to being toured internationally, says Anthony Missen. He explains how exporting has allowed Company Chameleon to grow and flourish. 

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