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Skateboarders' campaign forces Southbank Centre planning delay

4th July 2013

The Southbank Centre in London has been forced by a group of skateboarders and BMX riders to delay its £120m redevelopment plan involving the construction of retail units on the site. The skaters collected about 50,000 signatures in protest and launched an application to have the area designated as a protected village green.

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Amateur theatre: is it time we moved the conversation on?

4th July 2013

I will start where Lyn Gardner finished in a recent blog on amateur theatre: “Professionals built the Titanic but amateurs built the Ark.” Amateurs, voluntary, community, participatory – four words that could potentially cause a revolution in another field, but in the arts world fall under the supposed might of one other: professional.

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We need a united plan for the Palace Theatre Plymouth

4th July 2013

I agree with the His Say article from Ken Headon The Herald, June 28, regarding the Palace Theatre. Like him I have long held the view that the nearby development at Millbay with luxury accommodation and marina etc will then spread to adjoining Union Street. The Palace Theatre could become a landmark in this regenerated area. The building contains so much of Plymouth’s cultural history.

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Wilton’s Music Hall saved by fundraising campaign

3rd July 2013

Wilton’s Music Hall in Wapping, Tower Hamlets, has secured an investment of £2.45 million in a successful initiative to save the building and keep its cultural spirit alive. The Grade II listed building is on the ‘at-risk’ register of English Heritage, but following a successful campaign to raise £1.1 million, the first phase of the renovation project has already been completed.

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National boss Sir Nicholas Hytner opposes £120m plan to revamp Southbank

3rd July 2013

The director of the National Theatre has lodged a formal objection to the dramatic expansion plans of its Southbank Centre neighbour.

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Regional arts left with London’s crumbs as spending cuts bite, warns Harriet Harman

3rd July 2013

The extent of the funding crisis facing regional arts organisations has been revealed in new figures that show how London still receives the lion’s share of Arts Council grants and philanthropic donations.

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Letter: Blackpool Winter Gardens and Opera House

3rd July 2013

Winter Gardens Show films: Letter to Blackpool Gazette from Cllr Williams I am delighted the Winter Gardens complex is beginning to capitalise on our decision and investment to purchase this valuable asset to the town. The recent announcement that full blown musicals and other headline shows will be added to the existing bill at the Opera House is proof as we predicted that the theatre can return to its former glory.

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Darlington Council cabinet agrees to re-market former Arts Centre

3rd July 2013

Councillors have decided to put the former Darlington Arts Centre back on the market following the collapse of ambitious plans to rejuvenate the building.

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Cabe reins in FCBS’s Southbank overhaul

3rd July 2013

Cabe has said Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) needs more time to fix a range of ‘unresolved aspects’ on its £120 million Southbank overhaul. The architecture watchdog said the high-profile project required further refining to ‘create a scheme that fully lives up to the significance of the Southbank Centre’.

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Red Rose Chain begins work on new Ipswich theatre

3rd July 2013

A Suffolk theatre company has begun work on its new £1m venue.

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