Coventry crowned UK City of Culture 2021

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08 Dec 2017

The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.

Arts leaders and MPs urge rethink on European Capital of Culture

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01 Dec 2017

Following the European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in European Capital of Culture 2023, arts professionals and MPs have warned cultural ties must not be severed post-Brexit.

London Mayor to protect arts venues threatened by noise complaints

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30 Nov 2017

Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.

Industrial Strategy criticised for ignoring threats to creative industries

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29 Nov 2017

The Government’s long-awaited strategy does not mention arts education but says improving the take up and quality of maths would support the creative industries.

“Gutted”: heartbreak as UK blocked from European Capital of Culture

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23 Nov 2017

The European Commission has said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union means participation in the 2023 title “will not be possible”.

MPs call for ‘agent of change’ principle to protect music venues

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10 Nov 2017

A debate in the House of Commons lamented a tendency for venues to close when the cost of soundproofing falls on them after residential property is built nearby.

Business districts encouraged to partner with cultural sector

10 Nov 2017

Culture is the perfect vehicle to engage people in conversations about heritage and local identity, a new report concludes.

Bristol and Manchester named UNESCO Creative Cities

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03 Nov 2017

The cities join a 180-strong network, which already features ten UK cities including Bradford and Glasgow.

Nottingham unveils roadmap to ‘reimagine the city’ with culture

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24 Oct 2017

As Nottingham submits its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023, a city-wide plan to integrate culture into education and healthcare has been published.

Arts Council joins forces with London authorities to promote culture in the capital

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13 Oct 2017

The shared commitment to extending access to arts and culture comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan begins a review into the supply of artist workspace.

16 London boroughs set sights on £3m city-wide culture award

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29 Sep 2017

Eight boroughs will ultimately receive a slice of the funding through the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition, which has been labelled both “transformative” and “divisive” by commentators.

Edinburgh tops the rankings of EU cultural cities

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22 Sep 2017

UK cities excel on openness, tolerance and trust, but none make the top five for employment in culture, arts and entertainment, according to research by the European Commission.

Multi-million-pound cultural hub to ‘change way people see Luton’

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21 Sep 2017

Luton Culture, the charity behind the £5m project, hopes the redevelopment of three former hat factories will create 133 new jobs for the region.

Study helps fill evidence gap around culture’s economic value

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22 Aug 2017

A Government-commissioned report has found evidence that culture, sport and heritage influence local place-shaping and help attract and retain businesses.

Theatres and galleries key to ‘24-hour vision for London’

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28 Jul 2017

Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to make the capital’s nightlife about more than just pubs and clubs.

Culture plans for London’s Square Mile

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21 Jul 2017

A creative district with “creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core” will be developed to link key cultural venues in the heart of the City of London.

Lib Dem peers lament ‘ridiculous’ erosion of arts in cities

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08 Jun 2017

Members of the House of Lords blamed the market for squeezing artists out of cities as they championed Creative Enterprise Zones.

£1.5m for cultural placemaking in Wales

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26 May 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme, which uses culture and heritage to deliver social and economic agendas, has been rolled out to Scotland and Wales.

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.

Brilliant app design

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04 May 2017

In the competitive world of apps, how can a cultural tour app stand out? Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne identify five key features.

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