Orchestra chief praises video games as ‘access point’ to classical music

29 Aug 2018

A survey commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra found around 15% of children listened to classical music when it’s part of a game they’re playing. Managing Director James Williams believes video games could motivate young people to explore the artform more deeply.

Labour demands review of Creative Scotland

28 Aug 2018

The Scottish branch of the Labour party has written to Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop demanding an independent root and branch review of Creative Scotland, as the funder has lost “the confidence of the arts and culture communities at each and every step”.

NI arts campaigners join protests against political deadlock

28 Aug 2018

Northern Ireland arts advocacy body ArtsMatterNI has backed newspaper BelfastLive’s #WeDeserveBetter movement, with campaigners expressing concern at “ongoing cuts” from a government department “that continues to have no ministerial or electoral accountability”.

Music leaders condemn drop in GCSE music

28 Aug 2018

Julian Lloyd Webber, Simon Rattle and Alison Balsom are among the 90 music leaders to pen a letter in The Times outlining their concerns about the continued decline in the number of students sitting GCSE music exams.

Involve communities to stave off gentrification, cultural districts warned

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28 Aug 2018

A new report recommends a framework for good governance that includes partnership working and effective leadership.

Audience Agency opens up huge dataset

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24 Aug 2018

“The largest set of aggregated data on cultural engagement anywhere in the world” is being made available for academic researchers.

Green light for ‘Bridge mark II’

24 Aug 2018

A new 600-seat theatre in King’s Cross has been granted planning permission by Camden Council. It is understood the venue will be run by London Theatre Company, which also runs the Bridge Theatre at London Bridge.

New name for Hackney Arts Centre

24 Aug 2018

The restored Savoy Cinema, which is to reopen as a cultural venue next month, will now be known as Earth, short for Evolutionary Arts Hackney.

Former theatre worker jailed for indecent assault

24 Aug 2018

David Wicks of Westergate, Chichester, who previously worked as a Production Manager at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, pleaded guilty to nine counts of historic indecent assault on girls then aged 14 and 15. 

GCSE results confirm continued collapse of arts in schools

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23 Aug 2018

The number of exams sat in arts subjects was down 10% on last year despite an increase in overall entries, and a faster increase still in EBacc subjects.

Germany to play atonal classical music in railway station to ward off drug use

23 Aug 2018

The decision by the country’s national train operator was opposed by the representative body for passengers, which said the initiative would only worsen noise in stations.

Stoke to unveil new cultural strategy

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23 Aug 2018

The strategy, being developed in the wake of the city’s failed City of Culture bid, will renew a commitment to the arts, including a greater emphasis on social prescribing.

Time to prepare for “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit, warns CIF

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23 Aug 2018

The Creative Industries Federation advises arts organisations to carry out an audit of their direct dependency on the EU and consider setting up a European base.

Two thirds of GPs agree arts engagement helps prevent ill health

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23 Aug 2018

A survey of 1,000 doctors also reveals a widespread belief that arts-based interventions can help deliver primary care to the public.

Festival chiefs warn Government on artist visas

22 Aug 2018

25 Directors and CEOs of UK festivals have penned a letter in The Guardian urging the Government to change visa processes to ensure the “free flow of arts and ideas into the country”.

France trials culture pass for young people

22 Aug 2018

Four hundred young people across the country are trialling an app that promotes local arts events and provides €500 in ‘culture credit’ to 18-year-olds.

Survey reveals struggles for Berlin’s artistic community

21 Aug 2018

A poll of 1,745 Berlin-based artists finds just 24% of men and 19% of women can survive on their art alone. It also uncovers a gender pay gap of 28%, with women artists earning an average of €8,390 a year, compared to €11,662 for their male counterparts.

European promoters remain concerned about post-Brexit touring

20 Aug 2018

Deutsche Entertainment AG, which does about half its work in Britain, expects continuing demand for live entertainment, but is worried about arrangements for tours travelling between mainland Europe and the UK.

Music A-level “in danger of disappearing from state schools”

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17 Aug 2018

The sharp warning from the Association of School and College Leaders comes as A-level data reveals the decline in entries for arts subjects has doubled in speed since last year.

Destruction of Gaza theatre condemned by UK playwrights

17 Aug 2018

In a letter to The Guardian, 14 arts leaders, including National Theatre Director Rufus Norris and playwright Caryl Churchill, described last week’s bombing of the Said al-Mishal Culture Centre by Israeli air forces as a “devastating loss for the already isolated community”.

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