A proud partner of health

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18 Oct 2018

A popular dance-based falls prevention programme offers effective treatment on the NHS, with a growing network of local groups helping older people maintain the benefits afterwards. Tim Joss tells the story.

Origins and ripples

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18 Oct 2018

London Bubble’s Creative Elders programme has encouraged residents in sheltered housing units to socialise, be creative – and perform in public, says Helena Rice.

Parlour games

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11 Oct 2018

When a shabby Victorian hall in Greenwich opened its doors to the public several years ago, no one could have predicted how important it would become to supporting social connections among the over-60s, says Daniel Bernstein.

A musical partnership for dementia care

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11 Oct 2018

Players in Stratford's Orchestra of the Swan are trained by charity Mindsong to provide music sessions in care homes. Sue Pope explains how the programme supports wellbeing.

Dancing to South Asian rhythms

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11 Oct 2018

Older adults living with chronic health conditions are improving their physical and mental wellbeing through the joy of South Asian dance, writes Claire Farmer.

Dancing on the pinhead of pricing

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04 Oct 2018

Baker Richards helped the Royal Opera House kick-start a revolution in evidence-based marketing that increased revenues by £400,000 in six months. Tim Baker talked to Lucy Sinclair about the value of using data to drive decision-making.

Rules to shake up city theatre

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04 Oct 2018

The city theatre in Ghent, Belgium has a new rulebook, aiming to open it up to the independent scene and international touring. Milo Rau introduces his 'Ghent Manifesto'.

The art market

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04 Oct 2018

Jo Marsh and Sarah Featherstone explain how relocating Wrexham’s art gallery to a market and parking complex has helped make the arts a part of people’s everyday lives.

A community commemoration

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03 Oct 2018

Dover’s contribution to the Armistice Centenary in November will be a collaborative community production about the arrival of the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Andrew Dawson tells the story.

Supporting ourself by supporting others

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20 Sep 2018

When James Haddrell took on the directorship of Greenwich Theatre over ten years ago, he didn’t know if the company had a future at all. Here he charts its imaginative route to recovery.

Wasted youth

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13 Sep 2018

Laura Bailey explains how Kent County Council is aiming to integrate arts and culture into its commissioned services across the board - even in waste management.

Tackling isolation in tower blocks

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13 Sep 2018

A project run by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and a housing provider started with cultural visits and ended with a full-scale theatre production. Inga Hirst tells the story.

The circus comes to hospital

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12 Sep 2018

A circus artist helped older people and children develop their confidence and communicaton skills in workshops at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, writes Emma Gladstone.

Dance partners

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05 Sep 2018

As well as being a studio space for independent dancers and choreographers, Glasgow's The Work Room is also an empowering artist-led support network, says Anita Clark.

First encounters with opera

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12 Jul 2018

Many children steer well clear of opera, but the artform has allowed primary school pupils in Norfolk to discover new heights of confidence and creativity. Genevieve Raghu explains how.

A role for the commercial sector

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12 Jul 2018

Clare Edwards argues that commercial organisations can extend access to music education - without compromising on quality.

Exploring mental health through dance

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12 Jul 2018

A project in three Manchester secondary schools engaged students in discussions about mental health and enabled them to develop their own creative responses through dance and movement. Kevin Edward Turner tells the story.

Making learning messy

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12 Jul 2018

A training programme in Wales is helping teachers create environments of "constructive chaos" that their pupils can thrive in, reports David Baxter.

Dancing in the streets

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05 Jul 2018

Losing NPO funding was devastating for Dance Manchester, but it has liberated the company to pursue its own path driving placemaking through outdoor work, says Deb Ashby.

Only fools and dreamers

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28 Jun 2018

Setting up a new theatre in a former bus depot with no funding was a leap of faith for its two founders. Peter Tate and Anthony Biggs tell the story.

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