'Very good news': Huge optimism as partial venue reopening confirmed

Sadiq Khan at London's Pride Festival, 2016
11 May 2021

London launches a massive domestic tourism campaign as England progresses to the next stage of the reopening roadmap.

'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. 

Confusion over ongoing ban on amateur performance

23 Apr 2021

Having promoted singing and brass instruments as safe last summer, the Government now believes they are more likely to spread Covid-19. So why can they happen at a pub but not a park?

'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. 

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."

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.

Busking licences will ruin livelihoods, campaigners say

29 Oct 2020

Plans to restrict busking in London's West End would limit the number of street performers and criminalise shows outside of 25 designated spots.

Families could boost sector's recovery, survey suggests

08 Oct 2020

Families are willing to pay as-usual prices for digital and outdoor arts events, but organisations' offerings must meet their specific needs, researchers say.

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.

Museums and galleries ‘will need support until spring’

16 Jul 2020

Last year was a positive one for the UK’s attractions. But with tourism scuppered and a fast fall in visitor numbers, the British public’s patronage is crucial.

Outdoor performances given green light for July 11

10 Jul 2020

Indoor performance pilots with the London Symphony Orchestra will shape further reopening plans amid concerns about the safety of singing, brass and wind instruments.

We’ll lose more than money when Edinburgh’s festivals don’t go ahead

a crowd watching a street performance in Edinburgh
06 May 2020

Is it possible to transfer a festival experience into an online space without losing its essence? Katey Warran examines the social dimensions that mean the sum of a festival is much greater than its individual parts.

The show must go on? Increasing cancellations due to Covid-19

13 Mar 2020

Sector bodies have thanked audiences for continuing to attend shows as a growing number of performances, tours and events are cancelled and postponed.

Coventry 2021: a lot more than a party

A photo of a brightly-lit sculpture on an outside wall
13 Feb 2020

The city has no intention of shirking difficult challenges in its year as UK City of Culture, writes Chenine Bhathena.

Arts should be central to ‘UK Garden City’ scheme, report says

Photo of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent.
24 Jul 2019

MPs have championed gardens as an artform and argue their contribution to the creative economy must be “explicitly recognised”.

A seat at the table

Photo of Imrana speaking at the Power of Community symposium
24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

Use culture to re-invent struggling seaside towns, urge peers

A view from the Turner Contemporary, Margate
18 Apr 2019

A Lords Committee heard that Thanet has seen 84% growth in creative businesses between 2013 and 2016, following a long-term programme to support arts and culture.

Without Walls festival network doubles in size

Photo of Garden Party
05 Apr 2019

The number of partnerships connected to the Without Walls consortium, one of Arts Council England’s new core-funded organisations, will expand to involve 36 members.

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