€3.1m Creative Europe funding hangs on Brexit deal

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11 Jul 2019

“Our carefully laid plans…would be wasted” if the UK leaves without a deal, says an organisation awarded €1.3m to lead a collaborative project.

Culture recognised in new Scottish planning bill

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05 Jul 2019

Grassroots music campaigners are celebrating amendments that place responsibility for managing noise issues on developers rather than venues.

Europe-wide project aims to create network of minority theatres

04 May 2017

(IN CROATIAN) Five minority theatres in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Albania and Croatia will combine to produce a play and a series of workshops in Spring 2018 using European Union funding.

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.

West End ushers fitted with bodycams

16 Jul 2019

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have started giving body cameras to front-of-house staff as a way to desescalate an increasing number of confrontations with aggressive patrons. A trial programme is under way at several unnamed West End venues.

WWI Centenary Commissions 'exceptionally successful' despite 'unfortunate' oversights, report says

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16 Jul 2019

A House of Commons Committee report into 14-18 NOW highlights major lessons to be learned in time for the UK's next national cultural event - the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Blackpool festival cancelled over funding

16 Jul 2019

The organisers of Livewire Festival say they pulled the plug because of "investor issues", commenting: "This hasn't been a decision we have taken lightly and have explored every avenue we possibly could to keep the event on." Musician Lauryn Hill was due to headline the event near Blackpool tower in late August.

Scottish art company in liquidation

16 Jul 2019

Steven Brown Art Limited's gallery and warehouse in Ayr have been closed and its assets, artworks included, will soon be sold. The company became known for the McCoo art brand developed by owner Steven Brown.

Biennale Paris chairmen step down

16 Jul 2019

Co-presidents of the biennale's vetting committee Frédéric Castaing and Michel Maket have quit their posts over the inclusion of two exhibitors who are under criminal investigation for alleged antiques trafficking and forgery. The Biennale Paris is due to open in two months' time.

Dutch minister wants fewer festivals

15 Jul 2019

Dutch Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said a reduction in festivals would help police tackle illegal drug use. The Netherlands has one of the world's largest festival markets, with 19.5 million visitors expected to attend more than 1000 festivals there this year.

£100k to catalogue Cambridge Theatre archives

15 Jul 2019

The grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will help the theatre collect and conserve costumes, photographs, posters and scripts amassed over the past 80 years. The collection will be housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections and research centre in east London when it opens in 2023.

Ministers urged to scrap EBacc

15 Jul 2019

Education think tank EDSK says it is time for "a new approach to school performance measures that goes beyond fighting the battles of 2010 and instead focuses on what needs to happen in 2019 and beyond". Since the EBacc was introduced in 2010, GCSE entries for design and technology have fallen by 65%, dance entries by 46%, media studies by 36% and music by 24%, EDSK found.

Decline in local authority culture spend slows

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12 Jul 2019

Culture and heritage budgets across England are starting to settle as unitary authorities spend more.

£15.8m Leeds Playhouse redevelopment under way

12 Jul 2019

A major transformation of the theatre is "taking shape", Artistic Director James Brining said. Leeds City Council has given £5.6m to the project but the theatre must still raise £2.75m to make its £4.35m contribution. The remaining funding comes from Arts Council England.

Science Museum Group staff vote to strike

12 Jul 2019

Several hundred staff could strike at six Science Museum Group (SMG) sites this summer over a pay dispute. SMG says it is "disappointed" by the vote, noting it has already increased employees' pay by 1.5%. A Prospect Union spokesman said some of SMG's lowest paid staff still don't earn the Real Living Wage.

Mayor steps in to plug V&A East funding gap

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12 Jul 2019

The GLA has agreed to underwrite a budget shortfall of up to £12m, which is expected despite a £9m a year boost in funding from DCMS.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

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12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

British orchestras express concern over no-deal Brexit

11 Jul 2019

The Association of British Orchestras has called on the next Prime Minister to make systems and processes for a no-deal Brexit situation a priority. An open letter to the Conservative Party said preparations to date "have not gone far enough to reassure our members" that they will be able to move freely around Europe.

Petition against parking restrictions near children's theatre

11 Jul 2019

Stiltskin's Soapbox Children's Theatre in Plymouth fear the council traffic orders will force its closure after similar restrictions contributed to "a substantial decline in weekday ticket sales", Executive Director and Producer Iain Slade said. He said a third of the theatre's core audience travel from outside the city with small children and find public transport prohibitive.

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