Life in the arts across Europe

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27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

Fury and disbelief over claims UK rejected visa-free touring

13 Jan 2021

Parliament will debate whether visa-free work permits should be renegotiated as the Government blames Brussels for rejecting its "ambitious" proposals.

Keep museums open, European network says

12 Jan 2021

A new international report calls for financial support as the timeline for reopening museums lengthens.

Fears build over immigration rules for incoming artists

08 Jan 2021

Complex rules, higher costs and visa requirements are set to place new barriers to EU artists working in the UK, even for short-term contracts or single gigs. 

No successor to Creative Europe

17 Dec 2020

The UK desk of the European Union programme will close in March as funding is focussed on the pandemic response.

Brexit could cause two-year cultural hiatus

19 Nov 2020

A new study warns the sector faces a unique battle against "the double consequences of Brexit and Covid-19", with communities in need of cultural funding most at risk.

Brexit: Is the Internal Market Bill a 'soft power grab'?

18 Sep 2020

Campaigners warn that devolved nations' cultural policy is at risk amid rumours Creative Europe will be transferred to the Foreign Office.

Museums face strict re-opening rules

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30 Apr 2020

Museums and galleries across Europe are preparing to open, but the impact of social distancing measures and a lack of tourists raises concerns for their viability.

UK Government opts out of Creative Europe

02 Mar 2020

The UK will not seek to stay in the programme next year or commit to funding any alternatives to the chagrin of the Scottish Government.

‘It has truly shaped me’: Sergey Smbatyan – Job Ladder

05 Feb 2020

The founder of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra on why he wants to inspire others with the “profundity” of clasical music.

Life after Brexit: New advice on copyright and Creative Europe

04 Feb 2020

Here’s what your organisation needs to know about funding and regulatory changes now that the UK is out of the EU.

Creators alarmed by Government’s U-turn on copyright laws

27 Jan 2020

On the eve of Brexit, musicians and authors are calling for equivalent legislation to safeguard their intellectual property rights.

Circus sector doubles in size while missing out on funding

23 Jan 2020

Circus is booming, but EU research says the sector is “severely lacking knowledge” about funding opportunities.

EU culture budget at risk: what will it mean for Creative Europe?

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08 Jan 2020

It is feared that cuts proposed by the European Council’s presidency would “seriously affect" the amount of funding available for Creative Europe.

EU funding worth £2.3m a year to Wales

06 Jan 2020

A report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales warns the figure is likely an underestimate as Brexit approaches.

Musicians call for protections to limit Brexit damage

03 Dec 2019

A new manifesto says freelance workers have “little protection from exploitation” and warns of a grim future for touring performers.

Creativity key as EU faces 'turning point', report says

02 Oct 2019

The rise of populism, rejection from investors, a volatile labour market, climate change, digitisation and "economic crisis recovery": a new study surveys the threats and opportunities facing Europe's creative and cultural sectors.

What will Brexit mean for European arts partnerships?

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09 Aug 2019

The prospect of leaving the EU inevitably creates uncertainties – but a silver lining is a greater understanding of the value of international collaboration, says Christoph Jankowski.

Why European collaboration is worth fighting for

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11 Jul 2019

While some in the UK may believe we have little to learn from European collaboration, Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre have found cross-border networks to be a force for innovation and change.

The real 'Brand Britain': can European grassroots touring survive?

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11 Jul 2019

What might a no-deal Brexit do to the independent grassroots networks that currently flourish across the continent, asks Martin Cox.

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