Being prepared

A woman crouched on her side inside a circus hoop
25 Oct 2018

Arts venues programming an act that could attract the attention of trans activists should be aware of the issues involved and the potential for conflict, advises Jonathan Best.

How can cultural districts be democratic?

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27 Sep 2018

If cultural districts are to operate sustainably they need to make sure the voices of all stakeholders are heard, says Beatrice Pembroke.

Wales urged to overhaul international arts promotion

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12 Sep 2018

A British Council Wales report says that “small adjustments to the current system will not yield the necessary major changes”.

EU-wide touring visas recommended in Lords report

London Symphony Orchestra playing in Milan
03 Aug 2018

The House of Lords EU Committee says that multi-country, multi-entry visas allowing cultural workers to make short term visits between the UK and the EU would support touring when freedom of movement ends after Brexit.

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

A participant at We Dance festival in Birmingham
03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

Creative Europe funding boosts UK culture, research finds

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20 Jul 2018

91 companies and organisations in the UK were supported by Creative Europe last year, receiving 10% of the scheme’s total funds.

City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

An art installation depicting poppies at Hull Maritime Museum
13 Jul 2018

In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Performing in the public realm

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14 Jun 2018

Alison Fordham explains how IF: Milton Keynes International Festival’s programme of outdoor events is a key audience development and placemaking tool for the town.

Out and about in Leicester

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14 Jun 2018

A research project examining Leicester’s 24 arts festivals uncovered interesting insights into audience behaviour and preferences. Richard Fletcher discusses the findings.

Making German connections

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06 Jun 2018

Keen to maintain a connection between Wales and Germany after Brexit, British Council Wales organised a week-long performing arts festival in Dresden. Rebecca Gould tells the story.

Tensions between the everyday and the exceptional

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12 Apr 2018

How can we make the arts an everyday experience for everyone? Michael Eades explains why he believes in the power of grassroots arts.

A successful move

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05 Apr 2018

Open House arts festival took a risk when it moved from Belfast to Bangor in Northern Ireland, but one that is paying off now that it’s making a difference again. Colette Fahy tells the story.

How to… create a successful volunteer programme

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09 Nov 2017

Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.

Edinburgh in a wheelchair

Photo of the Assembly venue
07 Sep 2017

Andrew Miller, a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, shares his shocking experiences of inaccessible venues, poor seats and the city’s precarious pavements.

Making money on the fringes

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05 Sep 2017

Some fringe festival productions win international touring contracts, but far too many lose out financially. Jessica Cheetham discusses a model that is offering affordable opportunities for artists. 

Scotland pledges additional £10m for Edinburgh Festivals

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01 Sep 2017

Money for cultural content and skills development will be delivered across a five-year programme, starting in 2018.

Calls for Edinburgh Fringe to take action on ‘exploitation’

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17 Aug 2017

MP Tommy Sheppard has echoed calls by a new union-led campaign for fair wages and working conditions at the Fringe festival.

Hands off!

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05 Jul 2017

How can festivals promote a zero-tolerance approach to crime, including sexual assault, and what can be done if incidents do occur? Renae Brown shares some advice.

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