Dance Manchester closes after 27 years 

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05 Jul 2019

The company says its operating model was too “old school” to remain sustainable after the loss of NPO funding in 2018.

Three comments that reveal Tristram Hunt’s approach to cultural inclusion

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05 Jul 2019

The V&A Director warned against getting “too romantic about what Stratford was like before the Olympics”.

MPs form parliamentary group for theatre

05 Jul 2019

Conservative MP Giles Watling and Labour MP Tracy Brabin, both former actors, founded the all-party initiative to support "the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its workforce and society". The group will work with UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre, which have been appointed to provide organisational and strategic support.

Wright backs creative industries diversity charter

05 Jul 2019

The Culture Secretary has voiced his support for new diversity standards set out by the Creative Industries Council. Council members will commit to taking action in eight areas to build a more diverse workforce and create output that appeals to people from all backgrounds and regions of the UK.

Government should fund young creatives to build diversity, says report

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05 Jul 2019

Many BAME young people interviewed felt that “drama and acting was more for white people and that music was more for Black people”.

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.

Billionaire to pay damages to French playwright

04 Jul 2019

Sir David Barclay has been order to pay €6,000 in moral damages to Hédi Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, whose work satirised the lives of Barclay and his twin brother Frederick. The Daily Telegraph owner unsuccessfully sued the Frenchman for defamation and invasion of privacy over 'Two Brothers and the Lions', a play about two Britons "who become cold, selfish monsters in the heart of our democratic societies".

Festival space for pregnant women

04 Jul 2019

NOS Alive Festival in Portugal is offering pregnant women a safe viewing space facing the main stage this year. It claims the initiative is the "world's first" at an international festival and a "unique opportunity for new mothers who love music to help make their festival experience the best one".

Writers claim they were 'pushed off' Young Vic show

04 Jul 2019

Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin allege they were removed from the production of  'Tree' when the theatre's artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah stepped in, despite years of work on the show. Producers said the women's ideas were not "artistically viable" and the show needed new direction.

No guaranteed seat for disabled concert-goer

03 Jul 2019

A woman with a serious back condition has been told she is not assured a seat at Janelle Monae's concert in Manchester on Thursday, despite booking an accessible ticket months in advance. Manchester International Festival has a "first come, first served" policy for its accessible area and only wheelchair users are guaranteed a seat.

Construction of £1bn east London culture hub begins

03 Jul 2019

Work on the £1.1bn East Bank project in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park began on Tuesday, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging locals to be proud of "the biggest investment in our city in culture in more than a century". The site, which will include the V&A, BBC, Sadler's Wells and the London College of Fashion, is expected to generate 2,500 jobs and add £1.5bn to the economy.

Surrey venue fends off noise notice

03 Jul 2019

Guildford live music pub the Star Inn has sucessfully appealed an abatement notice issued last October following a complaint from the developer of nearby flats. The presiding judge described the planning advice given to the developer, which did not include a noise level report, as "unsatisfactory to say the least".

Museum of London costs escalate

02 Jul 2019

The price tag for moving the institution to Farringdon, originally £250m, has grown to £332m after studies found "desperate" need for repairs to the 19th century buildings it will occupy. The City of London Corporation has increased its funding commitment to meet the new cost of the relocation, which is now the UK's most expensive cultural project.

Opera charity closes

02 Jul 2019

Co-Opera, a British opera and training company, is ending after 10 years in operation "due to one thing or another", founder Paul Need has announced. The company was established to fill a gap left by the closures of Kent Opera and New D'Oyly Carte and offer opportunities to young singers.

Festival organisers arrested

02 Jul 2019

Two organisers of Vestiville are being detained in a jail in Lommel, Belgium on suspicion of fraud after the event's last minute cancellation. Lommel Mayor Bob Nijs refused to let the the festival go ahead for safety reasons and headline act ASAP Rocky said he pulled out of the event "due to security and infrastructure concerns".

Merseyside playhouse secures £10.5m

01 Jul 2019

Shakespeare North Playhouse, which is now under construction, is already attracting new businesses and development to Prescot, Knowsley Council Leader Graham Morgan said. A new £4m commitment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority brings the council's total investment in the theatre to £10.5m.

Ticketmaster Canada fined over pricing

01 Jul 2019

The company has agreed to pay C$4m (£2.4m) after an investigation by the Canadian Competition Bureau found its advertised prices were being inflated with mandatory fees. The 'drip pricing' strategy often increased ticket prices by 20%, with some prices inflated by over 65%, the bureau said.

Classical concert series canned

01 Jul 2019

The 2019/20 season of the London classical concert series Borough New Music has been cancelled. Trustees said the current model needed to be rethought to make the programme sustainable, but since the organisation lacked the capacity to make the necessary changes, they "have been forced to adjourn".

Deaf musician to sign major concert

28 Jun 2019

Paul Whittaker will become the first person to sign Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on Friday. The Halifax man said the performance is challenging but that it "brings together my musical knowledge and experience, my deafness, my use of sign language, and enables access for other deaf people".

Manchester arena would be 'devastating', says report

28 Jun 2019

The planned 20,000-seat entertainment venue would have a "devastating impact" on local business and could place 2,200 jobs at risk, an independent report has concluded. Manchester City Council supports the proposed Eastlands development as a viable way to grow tourism in the area.

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