The talk of the town

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07 Feb 2019

When Ron Evans started thinking about how to make post-show talks more appealing and accessible, he found audiences hungry for new ways of engaging with the arts.

From Hull to Freetown and back

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07 Feb 2019

A project bringing together theatre-makers from Hull Truck Theatre and Freetown in Sierra Leone has overcome logistical and cultural barriers to develop new insight. Alina Cretu talks to Amanda Huxtable and Adam Pownall.

Taking art out of the box

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31 Jan 2019

Biennials have emerged as a key influence in contemporary exhibition-making. Shwetal Patel and Sunil Manghani explain how a more informal approach to art opens up new experiences and audiences.

Arts Council of Wales to ‘renew and strengthen’ relationship with Europe post-Brexit

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25 Jan 2019

The national funder’s latest international strategy sets out ambitions to showcase Wales’ artists on a global stage and use culture to bring communities together.

An equal voice for all

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24 Jan 2019

At a time when the UK is looking to tighten its borders, Julia Grime looks at how German theatre has been welcoming the cultural initiatives and political messages of its growing refugee population.

A different kind of dialogue

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18 Oct 2018

Approaches to assessing cultural value are stuck in a financially reductionist ‘value = money’ orbit. We should be examining people’s experiences of culture, and the meaning that comes from those experiences, says Julian Meyrick.

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.

Culture more important than politics to US-UK ties, report finds

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24 Jul 2018

Americans online talked more about Adele than Brexit, even in the month after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Job Ladder – Miguel Oyarzun

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05 Jul 2018

Now Co-Director of both a major arts centre in Madrid and BE FESTIVAL in Birmingham – roles he shares with his partner Isla Aguilar – Miguel Oyarzun reflects on his career to date.

Segment your way to success

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21 Jun 2018

The right approach to segmentation can drive sales and improve return on investment, as Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the US proved. David Reece and Timmy Metzner explain.

Universal challenges in the arts

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31 May 2018

Having worked in the arts all over the world, Matina Magkou has observed some common challenges – and ways of overcoming them.

From Wales to Lesotho

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30 May 2018

A group of actors with Down’s Syndrome travelled to Lesotho in southern Africa to help change attitudes to people with learning disabilities. Jon Dafydd-Kidd tells the story.

In conversation: Researching cultural value

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17 May 2018

Do we know more about the worth of the arts than we did 30 years ago or have we been going in circles? Researcher Patrycja Kaszynska and consultant Ian David Moss discuss researching the value of culture in the UK and the US.

Empowering the box office

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17 May 2018

Changing the role of the box office at Vancouver’s summer Shakespeare festival from an operational one to a marketing one resulted in an increase in ticket revenue, says Ethan Joseph.

How to… develop international partnerships

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05 Apr 2018

Collaborating with international partners can be rewarding, but how do you start? Emma Crook shares her expertise, from making contact and overcoming barriers to getting support.

“A great shame”: British Council forced to suspend work in Russia

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21 Mar 2018

The future is unclear for a professional development programme connecting artists in the two countries, following the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

The soft power of the arts

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15 Mar 2018

Soft power can create a vibrant image of a country and give it a higher status in global networks. But what part does culture play, and how can we measure its contribution, asks Ian Thomas.

My Gurus - Mira Kaushik

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15 Feb 2018

Mira Kaushik reveals how an introduction to experimental Indian street theatre in the 1970s and conversations with a vagrant bohemian wanderer shaped her career.

Creativity in schools to be compared across the world

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12 Jan 2018

The PISA test, traditionally used to compare literacy and numeracy around the globe, will measure creativity in recognition that these skills cannot be automated.

Alternative in-flight entertainment

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23 Nov 2017

An immersive theatre performance lasted 13 hours – the time it took to fly from Heathrow to New York via Iceland. Kate Hargreaves tells the story.

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