“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.

Hong Kong: Where dance and technology meet

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22 Nov 2017

In the lead-up to the opening of new venues in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, Anna CY Chan is embracing technology to broaden dance audiences and develop future talent.

My Gurus – Holly Prest

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18 Nov 2017

From Manchester to Brazil and back again, Holly Prest, Artistic Director of carnival arts organisation Global Grooves, names those who have shaped and inspired her career.

Government doubles number of visas for ‘exceptional’ arts talent outside EU

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16 Nov 2017

Home Secretary Amber Rudd believes the changes will ensure the UK remains “at the heart of world culture”.

How I solved… challenges of cross-language collaboration

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13 Nov 2017

Communicating ideas clearly and maintaining artistic integrity can be difficult in any collaboration – let alone one that straddles language barriers. Ellen McDougall explains how the Gate Theatre overcame these challenges for its latest co-production.

Culture used by political figures to “exert power and control”

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09 Nov 2017

Diplomats use exhibitions and other cultural events as core parts of their strategies to befriend and influence others, new research has found.

UK arts threatened by planned £39m British Council cut

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25 Aug 2017

The UK’s Creative Europe desk, managed by the British Council, would be unaffected by the proposed cut.

A global vision of arts learning

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20 Jul 2017

While the EBacc may be causing concern for the status of the arts in UK schools, there are opportunities to ensure creativity is at the heart of education in lower-income countries around the world. Joe Hallgarten makes the case. 

Arts Council unveils ‘significant’ fund for artists working internationally

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14 Jul 2017

The Creative Practitioners Fund will be used to support research and development, and will be open to people working in the wider creative industries across England.

Lessons from Hong Kong

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28 Jun 2017

Programming both Cantonese and western opera, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has a challenge when it comes to audience development. Tisa Ho shares her strategy.

International cultural exchange

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22 Jun 2017

Delivering training to creative businesses across Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has taught Visiting Arts the value of forming relationships face-to-face, says Sophia Victoria.

Knowing the score

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14 Jun 2017

A simple repertoire scoring system is far more effective than a crystal ball for predicting the popularity of a programme, setting budgets and segmenting an audience. David Reece explains how it works.

Creating real connections

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18 May 2017

As technology becomes an increasingly distracting force, it’s down to live entertainment to tempt people to set aside their devices and be present with each other, says Dave Wakeman.

London culture spend third highest in the world

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12 May 2017

A comparison of 16 world cities shows the capital’s £1.2bn annual spend is behind only Moscow and Paris.

Refugees to the fore

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19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

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