Thursday, 27 February 2020
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has announced his goal of establishing a National Poetry Centre in Leeds. Seizing the opportunity his laureateship offers to initiate education projects promoting literature and literacy, Armitage says he wants to "bring poetry in line with other national art forms that have their own headquarters and venues, such as the National Theatre and the National Gallery". The... read more
Thursday, 27 February 2020
A dance student is seeking £500,000 compensation after she was badly injured in class, allegedly because she was made to life a heavier partner. Charlotte Vanweersch, 26, says she sustained disabling neck and shoulder injuries during a "throwing and lifting" routine at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She claims she was not taught to perform the lift safely with a heavier partner; the... read more
Thursday, 27 February 2020
Actor Lenny Henry will be the figurehead of a new research centre for diversity initiatives in broadcasting. The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity will open late March at Birmingham City University, which has committed to fund the project for five years. READ MORE: Does the arts have a diversity problem? Arts diversity: the quota conversation Former BBC Scotland Current Affairs Chief... read more
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Renovations at musical theatres appear to have caused a drop in London theatregoing last year. More than 15 million people visited commercial West End and major subsidised theatres in 2019, generating £799m of box office revenue, the Society of London Theatre's (SOLT) ticket sales show. READ MORE: England's theatre sector 'increasingly polarised' Data map reveals arts engagement across England... read more
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Plans to integrate culture into economic planning in West Yorkshire are being promoted by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The partnership's blueprint for the region involves embedding cultural considerations "within all place based work and place planning", developing the creative sector, increasing employment in arts and culture and encouraging "a growth in audiences and... read more
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Two internet ticket touts have been sentenced to prison in the first case of its kind in the UK. Peter Hunter and David Smith made £3.5m selling invalid tickets to Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Taylor Swift concerts as well as shows like 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' through their company BZZ Limited. READ MORE: Ticket touts who use bots could face huge fines Why it happens: the ins and outs of... read more
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Opera North will stage a “sustainable” production of Handel’s Alcina next year. The set, props and costumes will be made of materials that are either re-used or bought second hand. The company plans to follow this with three sustainable productions in 2021/22.
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
The Musicians’ Union (MU) is urging Government and Parliament to back a passport for musicians working in the EU after Brexit. It says the document should last for at least two years, cover all EU member states, and be “free or cheap”. MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge said that without easy two-way movement across borders, members’ ability to earn a living would “be severely affected”.
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Opera star Placido Domingo sexually harrassed performers for decades, an investigation has concluded. Lawyers hired by the American Guild of Musical Artists determined that the accounts of 27 people who said they experienced or witnessed sexually aggressive behaviour when Domingo held senior positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera showed a clear pattern of abuse of power and... read more
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
A proposal to close most of Aberdeen's libraries has been scrapped but arts funding is likely to be cut out of the city's budget. Councillors will be asked to plug a £37.9m funding gap when the 2020/21 budget is presented to them on Tuesday. Major changes have been mooted including closing public toilets, ending school breakfasts, dimming streetlights and increasing council tax by at least 3%.... read more
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Meghan Markle must consider whether she can continue as patron of the National Theatre following her departure from royal life, a major theatre owner says. National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris defended the institution's relationship with Markle after Nica Burns, the owner of several West End theatres, said the Duchess of Sussex must prove she can perform the role from abroad or step... read more
Monday, 24 February 2020
Eight performers who had been working on a cruise ship struck by the virus are now in quarantine in the UK. The workers were evacuated last week from the Diamond Princess, which was in lockdown off the Japanese coast for two weeks after some passengers tested positive. 600 of those on board have now contracted the virus and two have died.
Monday, 24 February 2020
Large arts venues such as concert halls would be among the spaces compelled to provide protection against terrorism under new Government proposals. The Home Office will consult on bringing in requirements to boost physical security, create incident response plans and train staff in how to respond to attacks. It is understood that the plans would not cover smaller venues.
Friday, 21 February 2020
Ofsted's Chief Inspector has warned that schools are "responding to funding pressure by reducing curriculum breadth". In a blog post, Amanda Speilman said Ofsted "placed curriculum and quality of education at the heart of our education inspection framework, because all pupils should be entitled to a broad and rich curriculum". “This makes it particularly concerning that schools are responding to... read more
Friday, 21 February 2020
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is opening ballet studios named after her in Southwark next week. Seven studios and a studio theatre will form part of the Central School of Ballet at Paris Gardens. The school relocated there from Clerkenwell in 2017 following a £9m fundraising campaign. The Countess has been patron of the Central School of Ballet since 2003.    

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