Generating a real buzz

Photo of beehives on top of the Lyric Hammersmith
14 Feb 2019

The Lyric Hammersmith keeps 180,000 bees on its roof as part of its continuing commitment to going green. Sian Alexander tells the story.

Imagining a better future

Photo of an interactive installation, a group of people meet around cardboard tables
14 Feb 2019

Without creative thinking, society will sleepwalk into a climate disaster. The arts have a crucial role to play in inspiring, challenging and provoking us into action, says Judith Knight.

Connecting urban children with nature

Photo of a man and woman leading outdoor workshop about trees to young children
14 Feb 2019

Megg Nicol and Alan Rickett explain how a musical has helped raise awareness of the importance of trees among London primary school pupils.

Taking creativity to new heights

Photo of artist's workspace
07 Feb 2019

Once forced to migrate through lack of opportunities, artists in the Scottish Highlands are now coming together to experiment and collaborate in the region's first creative hub, writes Audrey Carlin.

From Hull to Freetown and back

Photo of The artists from Freetown and Hull at the British Council in Sierra Leone
07 Feb 2019

A project bringing together theatre-makers from Hull Truck Theatre and Freetown in Sierra Leone has overcome logistical and cultural barriers to develop new insight. Alina Cretu talks to Amanda Huxtable and Adam Pownall.

Tackling sporting culture on stage

Photo of a man playing guitar in the background and an actor standing, looking towards the sky
31 Jan 2019

Settling scores, creating stories and taking risks - Gary Lagden saw many parallels between the worlds of theatre and rugby. But would these communities themselves agree?

Making Hull’s impact last

Photo of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Shelley at Cadogan
24 Jan 2019

Hull’s year as UK City of Culture may be over, but a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Hull will continue to harness the benefits of culture for local people, says James Williams.

Everyone is welcome

Photo of an actor draped on translucent fabric and fairy lights
24 Jan 2019

As falling budgets make it ever-harder to programme risk-taking work, how can venues engage with new LGBT+ audiences? Kaya Stanley-Money shares some advice.

An artist's life

Photo of a gallery displaying bowls
17 Jan 2019

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham and Paula Serafini spent two years looking beneath the surface.

In celebration of a continent

Photo of workshop leader drumming with young school children
10 Jan 2019

Kwame Bakoji-Hume explains how sharing knowledge of African culture through school workshops can shine a light on important contemporary issues.

Into the unknown

Photo of a man playing a broom converted into a flute
10 Jan 2019

A touring exhibition in Hong Kong is encouraging young people to change the way they think about sustainability, writes Joego Chan.

Drawing people in

Photo of actress looking down from balcony
03 Jan 2019

Bristol Old Vic, England’s oldest theatre, is now also open as a visitor attraction and heritage destination. Emma Stenning explains why - and how - the venue embarked on this new venture.

Giving talent a fair hearing

Photo of youth orchestra performing
03 Jan 2019

What recruitment practices best support diversity? Damian Iorio explains how the National Youth String Orchestra makes sure it’s ability and not background that counts.

Letting youth lead the way

Photo of a group of children colouring
03 Jan 2019

National Trust venues are engaging with new audiences by empowering young people to run events with local communities, says Hattie Clayton.

Taking baby steps into music

Photo of a baby dancing
13 Dec 2018

A non-verbal approach to music-making for the very youngest children offers a comfortable environment for new parents experiencing anxiety, as well as a joyful time for babies, says Hannah Baker.

The arts on a full tummy

Photo of a mother holding a child
13 Dec 2018

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, has come to realise that providing low-cost hot meals can help it engage with local families. Tania Wilmer tells the story.

Rushing up to Rochdale

Photo of dancers on stage
06 Dec 2018

Mark Doyle says that a clear sense of purpose has encouraged leading artists to participate in an ambitious programme of contemporary exhibitions in Rochdale.

Three into one

Photo of street art, woman hoisted on seesaw
29 Nov 2018

Three cultural organisations in Wiltshire are now under one collective umbrella, giving them the opportunity to share data and cross-promote performances and offers, says Alice Young.

Trusting young people in care

Young people rehearsing dance routine
29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

A vital contribution

School children laughing
29 Nov 2018

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story.

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