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Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.
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.
Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.
Losing NPO funding was devastating for Dance Manchester, but it has liberated the company to pursue its own path driving placemaking through outdoor work, says Deb Ashby.
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.
Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.
The national funder wants to develop a culture of enterprise and increase the use of loan finance in the sector.
The Director of HOME hopes to make Manchester a ‘sticky city’ and to collaborate with Mayor Andy Burnham on integrating culture into healthcare, housing and transport agendas.
Arts organisations in the North will be able to apply for up to £150k in a mixture of grant and loan funding for projects that deliver positive social impact.
Bhathena, who joins from the Greater London Authority, has pledged to reach all communities across Coventry, not just regular arts attenders.
A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.
Arts Council England plans to boost Bristol and the South West’s international reputation for the visual arts with a new collaborative commissioning programme.
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.
London’s Mayor has set out a vision and a roadmap for extending opportunities for local communities to experience cultural activity in the capital.
£500k is being shared by eleven shortlisted boroughs to develop plans to support artists and creative businesses in their areas.
Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.
A London Assembly Economy Committee report also encourages galleries and museums to extend their opening hours.
The two boroughs will each receive £1.35m and will hold the awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed.
A £37m capital project is always going to be demanding, but throw in Grade-II listed status, asbestos and Roman remains and you’ve got a real challenge. Graham Lister explains how Storyhouse Chester managed it.