Climate Week 2012 will showcase practical ways to combat climate change © PHOTO Lizzie Coombes

Guidance on the payment of the National Minimum Wage for work experience staff and interns has been updated on the Business Link website, which also gives details of the rules regarding volunteers and voluntary workers in relation to the minimum wage.;


Tested as a theatre during a recent Shakespeare Festival, the Bristol Bierkeller is set to open its doors as a new 400-seat theatre, presenting “a collection of work that is uniquely aimed at adults, addressing mature personal and public issues”. Currently being refurbished, the Bierkeller will also create new opportunities for local companies to perform, and is inviting local, national, inexperienced and experienced companies to apply with their productions. It is offering a month specially dedicated to local fringe, universities and stage schools.

Dates and venues have been announced for the first set of premieres by New Music 20x12, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Composers from across a range of music genres have been commissioned to capture the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games with a piece of music 12 minutes long. These will have their premieres at arts venues, festivals and public spaces over coming months, including at HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire, where Mark-Anthony Turnage is partnering with the Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’ and some new composers comprising a group of prisoners.


Britain’s biggest ever climate change campaign will run from 12 to 18 March next year, featuring thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every part of society. Climate Week 2012 will showcase practical ways to combat climate change, with the aim of strengthening the public’s resolve to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future. In Climate Week 2011, more than 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK.;; 020 3397 2601


Music and Change has won the ‘Charity of the Year’ award in the Charity Times Awards for having “consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence all round”. Its Chief Executive and founder, Charlie Alcock, has also been recognised, with a ‘Rising Star’ award.


Wales’ national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, has opened to a new intake of students in a new building. The complex, designed by architectural practice BFLS, comprises a 450-seat chamber recital hall (the Dora Stoutzker Hall), a 180-seat theatre (the Richard Burton Theatre), an exhibition gallery (the Linbury Gallery), four rehearsal studios, foyer areas and a new Café Bar. The £22.5m project is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government, loan finance and £4m of philanthropic donations.