ACE awards £3.2m to arts consortiums in new Cultural Destinations fund

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19 Jan 2017

Arts partnerships with tourism destinations will encourage public and private sector support for “world-class cultural and tourism products”.

DCMS lays out schedule for UK City of Culture 2021

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13 Jan 2017

Current title holders Hull are encouraging other cities to bid in order to reap the benefits, including increased local pride, confidence and self-belief.

Manchester Factory gets council go-ahead

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13 Jan 2017

The new venue will be run by Manchester International Festival, which could see its NPO funding swell from £730k to £9.7m annually.

Government commits to European Capital of Culture 2023

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16 Dec 2016

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has dispelled fears she was planning on pulling Britain out of the competition because of Brexit. 

Creative People and Places ‘inspiring ACE to rethink local leadership’

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15 Dec 2016

The programme is growing local confidence and wellbeing, but needs time to demonstrate lasting benefit, a report says.

Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

East of England LEPs leap into action with arts initiatives

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17 Nov 2016

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships have announced plans to work with Arts Council England to make the most of their regions’ creative assets, boost jobs and drive growth.

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

London appoints ‘Night Czar’ in bid to become 24-hour city

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04 Nov 2016

DJ and writer Amy Lamé will take on the role in London, following similar appointments in Amsterdam and San Francisco.

Process is vital to excellence in community arts, says report

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30 Sep 2016

The Creative People and Places scheme should prompt new thinking about the role of communities in delivering arts programmes in areas of least engagement, according to a new study.

Great Place Scheme to put culture at the heart of local plans

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05 Aug 2016

£15m will be awarded to 12 pilot places in England with schemes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the pipeline. 

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Who’s afraid of Manchester?

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21 Jul 2016

The Northern Powerhouse plans may be turning Manchester into a cultural tour de force, but it will be a force that benefits the whole sector, argues Dave Moutrey.

Norwich Arts Centre appointed Creative Producer for Luton

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13 Jul 2016

Arts Council England has announced the final award to be made through its £1.5m Luton Investment Programme.

European Capital of Culture bids progress despite Brexit uncertainty

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01 Jul 2016

Competing UK cities will continue with their bids, despite a lack of reassurance from organisers Creative Europe that the UK will remain a host country in 2023.

Joining up a city

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14 Jun 2016

Monica Ferguson charts how Milton Keynes’ international arts festival has changed the way people view the new town.

The Gorbals lives again

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09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

Connecting to the past

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09 Jun 2016

Hastings is at long last celebrating its place in history with a festival of contemporary arts. Polly Gifford tells all.

A new look city

09 Jun 2016

Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.

Part of the place

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09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

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