Ventilation – How to breathe life into theatre

Leeds Playhouse
07 Aug 2020

Venue operators should be rightly angry that the Government continues to insist that social distancing is the main route to making their auditoriums safe, says Liz Hill.

Arts and health: think big and embrace the opportunities

Drummers on stage following behind a woman in a huge twirling skirt
22 Jul 2020

A substantial new income stream for the arts sector can go hand in hand with significant savings to the health budget, says Tim Joss. But first we need to move beyond some widespread assumptions that are holding back progress.

'Red alert': One quarter of festivals cancelled

07 May 2021

The first wave of festival cancellations is the canary in the coal mine as Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage says insurance is "still on the table".

Liverpool's artist studios 'could disappear', report warns

03 May 2021

Studios have been unsure about their eligibility for funding during the pandemic and don't know where to turn for advice.

Backlash forces Scotland to revisit two-metre distancing rule

30 Apr 2021

The measure could make up to 95% of the country's theatres financially unviable, with only a quarter physically able to accommodate maximum audiences upon reopening.

No appeals process for Culture Recovery Fund complaints

29 Apr 2021

MPs investigating the fund's delivery were told applications will only be reassessed if there was a breach of process, not over a "subjective view", all but dashing the hopes of one Blackpool venue.

National hubs pilot scheme to model teaching for creativity

Girl doing a pencil sketch from a model
28 Apr 2021

The Durham Commission on creative education has refocussed its priorities in light of Covid-19, saying success depends on bridging the digital divide.

Starting the healing process with culture

Image of Manchester City of Literature Festival
27 Apr 2021

Marie-Claire Daly reflects on what the past year has taught Greater Manchester about resilience and recovery, and what we must take forward to ensure the sector succeeds.

When altruism meets experience

Image of George and Rebecca on screen
27 Apr 2021

The pandemic has proved the power of the arts in addressing isolation. Eleanor Sutton shares how a volunteering programme is benefitting artists and the elderly alike.

ACE defends Culture Recovery Fund distribution

23 Apr 2021

Serota and Henley told MPs they could not have handled the emergency funding response any better, failing to acknowledge the lack of support for freelancers.

Confusion over ongoing ban on amateur performance

23 Apr 2021

Having promoted singing and brass instruments as safe last summer, the Government now believes they are more likely to spread Covid-19. So why can they happen at a pub but not a park?

Activities of Cultural Renewal Taskforce suppressed

22 Apr 2021

DCMS has refused requests for information and interviews about the ambiguous activities of the recovery committee amid a drop off in meetings.

50% of comedy workers have lost half their income, survey suggests

Secret Comedy Podcast at Edinburgh Fringe 2013
19 Apr 2021

Comedians are making just 5% of their pre-pandemic income from streamed shows while half of off-stage workers have no live gigs booked, raising questions about the industry's survival.

True service is selfless

A group of people wearing masks standing outside southall manor
16 Apr 2021

Ajay Chhabra jumped at the opportunity to manage a Covid test centre in the heart of London’s South Asian community. He found that one size never fits all.

Vaccine passports could deter more people from venues

16 Apr 2021

New research hints at the complexity of Covid status certification as debate rages over its use in cultural spaces.

'Market failure' in events insurance must be addressed, sector says

15 Apr 2021

If the Government is confident in getting events back by June 21, it shouldn't hesitate to extend insurance beyond its pilot programme. 

Attractions' visitor numbers fall by 70% in 'devastatingly hard year'

08 Apr 2021

UK cultural attractions are calling for a new bank holiday to boost tourism, and the popularity of outdoor attractions, starting to reopen from next week, has skyrocketed.

£6m campaign to promote London's cultural sector post-lockdown

08 Apr 2021

Museums and cultural organisations may have to extend their opening hours, the Mayor's office says, amid projections more than 100,000 'face-to-face' jobs will be lost.

£262m awarded for second round of Culture Recovery Fund

Towersey Festival, pictured here in 2018
01 Apr 2021

Some organisations have managed to double dip as more than 1,200 receive support from the emergency arts funding scheme for the first time.

Bursting the bubble: where next for socially distanced seating?

31 Mar 2021

Auditorium formats that worked well between lockdowns aren’t the answer to achieving full houses as restrictions are lifted. Urgent adaptations are needed to maximise capacity – and revenues – says Robin Cantrill-Fenwick.

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