A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

York aims for World Heritage status in 2025

03 Dec 2020

A new cultural strategy demonstrates York's commitment to redress the effects of Covid-19 by embedding culture in the city's physical and professional infrastructure, its architects say.

2023 Borough of Culture to go ahead despite council's financial woes

19 Nov 2020

Croydon is still developing the cultural showcase despite an order against non-essential spending, a review over alleged financial mismanagement, and a £67m deficit.

Arts workers' skills bolstered frontline Covid responses

12 Nov 2020

Creativity, compassion, collaboration and a tendency towards efficiency meant arts workers were highly responsive in a time of crisis, councils say.

Why we’re targeting behaviour over buy-in

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11 Nov 2020

A culture strategy based on behavioural change isn’t sexy, but it is necessary if Plymouth wants to do more than simply survive, Hannah Harris writes.

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.

Colston Hall reborn as Bristol Beacon

23 Sep 2020

Bristol Music Trust says the new title reflects a more inclusive narrative where music - not history - "is at the heart of what we do".

'Heritage is more than Downton Abbey': RSA and British Council call for 'radical' shake-up of sector

07 Aug 2020

Heritage can grow the UK's post-Covid economy - but only if it starts "telling the stories of more diverse parts of Britain".

Commission to improve diversity of London's statues and streets

28 Jul 2020

The newly-launched inquiry into diversity in the capital's public realm will be guided by Black cultural groups and Arts Council England.

Manchester seeks £71.8m to ‘safeguard and stimulate’ culture

16 Jul 2020

Efforts by Manchester and the West Midlands to secure extra money highlight fears that rescue funding will be directed towards London.

Coventry City of Culture delayed until May 2021

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03 Jul 2020

Partners say the new date means the cultural showcase “can be reimagined in response to challenges facing the country”.

Cultural infrastructure doesn’t deserve to be the poor relation

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13 Apr 2020

Investment in soft power assets can deliver huge financial returns – and could be the catalyst for redressing regional economic and cultural imbalances. Ian Wray shares the evidence and suggests how.

Shaking things up with Shakespeare

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12 Mar 2020

Community productions across England are transforming attitudes to theatre among audiences with little experience of the artform, finds Jonathan Knott.

ACE warned of ‘structural problems’ with strategy

11 Mar 2020

Advocates hope the funder’s upcoming delivery plan will address concerns its strategy does not support communities’ involvement in decision making.

'Overambitious' about placemaking? We've only just started...

05 Mar 2020

The Great Place Scheme demonstrates how projects flourish when official bodies allow them freedom from pre-determined outcomes, says Jill Cole.

My vision for a radical artist-led hotel

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13 Feb 2020

We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice?

Birmingham must embrace its Heavy Metal heritage

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13 Feb 2020

Regeneration is all very well – but it is only through celebrating its authentic working class culture that the city can discover a beating heart and soul, says Lisa Meyer.

Failure ‘key to success’: Lewisham and Croydon win London Borough of Culture title

11 Feb 2020

The coveted year-long cultural festival is “finally coming to south east London” in 2021 and to Croydon in 2023.

Not worth the effort? Contenders drop out of UK City of Culture race

30 Jan 2020

Two of seven cities that expressed interest in the title for 2025 have decided not to bid, and a third is reconsidering its stance. Is it a big city’s game?

Please don’t turn our libraries into trendy arts hubs

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30 Jan 2020

ACE is right to focus on libraries in its new strategy, says Hassan Vawda – but it must put communities at the heart of its plans to revive them.

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