'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".

Outdoor arts bring creativity to communities

Dancer pictured mid flight
04 May 2021

Hannah Hartley says the outdoor arts industry’s long-held resilience and versatility has given them the tools to overcome nearly anything, just when it’s needed the most. 

'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. 

Festival UK 2022 rejects critics' claims of nationalism

01 Apr 2021

Critics call Festival UK 2022 "nationalistic imperialism" and "a showcase for the Government". The creatives involved say that couldn't be further from the truth.

No insurance scheme while events remain uncertain

26 Mar 2021

DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage says the much-vaunted measure runs the risk of giving false confidence to festivals: "I just wouldn't be prepared to do that."

Ten teams selected for Festival 2022

Rama and Sita lit up in fireworks
26 Mar 2021

Following a £3m research and development phase, diverse teams of artists, scientists and engineers will receive £10m each to bring their "showstopping" ideas to life.

Does Festival UK*2022 offer a blueprint for arts commissioning?

Screenshot from Festival UK* 2022 promotional video
24 Mar 2021

Writer-in-residence Francesca Millican-Slater reflects on the Festival's intensive R&D period - an experiment, she believes, in how tendering could be developed.  

Coventry 2021 will be 'a return to live'

02 Mar 2021

The UK City of Culture year will press ahead with a full calendar of festivals and events from May 15 - two days before the Government's 'no earlier than' date for live shows.

Emergency funding lifelines for Northern Irish and Scottish arts

16 Feb 2021

Northern Irish organisations' coronavirus deficits will be eliminated by new grants as Scotland offers new support for events and freelancers.

Crisis made us more relevant

Parent and child reading from a large book, severval feet tall, light up at night, about William Shakespeare
12 Jan 2021

When decisions about programming are made in hours rather than months, organisations hone in on their core purpose. Festivals will move ahead again by reinvigorating the relationship between artists and audiences, says Sharon Canavar.

Distribute your leadership digitally

Line drawing of a man with a brown colour spectrum behind the head
12 Jan 2021

Long-distance relationships needn’t limit ambition. Sarah Fisher, Ying Kwok and Lindsay Taylor describe a sustainable approach to sharing the physical and digital demands of curation.

Insurance scheme needed now to save 2021 festivals

07 Jan 2021

A £650m Government-backed insurance scheme could salvage £2bn worth of activity, the sector argues.

2023 Borough of Culture to go ahead despite council's financial woes

19 Nov 2020

Croydon is still developing the cultural showcase despite an order against non-essential spending, a review over alleged financial mismanagement, and a £67m deficit.

Beyond Brexit: Festival UK* 2022

Silhouette of a person in front of a neon pink light display
29 Oct 2020

Festival UK* 2022 is not a ‘celebration of Brexit’ but a celebration of the place we call home, argues Sam Hunt.

Festivals are 'in danger of becoming invisible'

21 Oct 2020

Major festivals call for a Government-backed insurance scheme as events receive millions in emergency funding.

Censorship of funded artwork 'protected our reputation', council says

30 Sep 2020

A local authority under fire for censoring a politically-minded piece says it usually stays out of programming decisions - unless the programme conflicts with the views of its councillors.

New spaces, new places, new audiences

wilderness festival
30 Sep 2020

Taking indoor activity into outdoor spaces offers one possible solution to the challenge of social distancing. Kate Rolfe explores how it’s being done.

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Arts at the heart of 'Festival of Brexit', boss says

09 Sep 2020

Teams applying for a share of £3m research and development funding must include STEM sectors, marking a shift in emphasis for the cultural showcase.

Pivoting: when a dance festival moves online

image of a pair of hands taking a photo on a mobile phone of a dancer in mid air - the phone has the U.Dance 2020 logo in the foreground
13 Jul 2020

Dance thrives on physical contact and live audiences, so how can the country’s largest youth dance festival move to an online format? Cameron Ball explains.

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