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The 7th Knight of Illumination Awards has lift off

15th April 2014

The 7th Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has launched and already the entries are flying in for Television and Concert Touring and Events. 2014 will see yet another celebration of talented international lighting and digital content designers that have worked in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

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What should Arts Council England do next?

14th April 2014

On 17 March the bids went in: les jeux sont faits; rien ne va plus. Arts leaders all over the country finally got some sleep, and then turned their attention back to running their organisations. Over at Arts Council England (ACE), staff were preparing for weeks of reading, sifting, and judging dozens of national portfolio organisation (NPO) funding applications.

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Woolwich Grand Theatre demolition decision postponed

14th April 2014

Proposals to demolish south-east London’s Woolwich Grand Theatre and replace it with flats have been put on hold after the local council requested that the developer modify its designs. Greenwich Council planning officers have postponed their decision on whether the six-storey building should be built because they want to see the ground floor plans redesigned to include additional community space.

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Is it time for a new-look Arts Council?

14th April 2014

On 17 March the bids went in. As a croupier would say: the chips are down, no more bets. Arts leaders all over the country finally got some sleep and turned their attention back to running their organisations, while over at Arts Council England (ACE) staff were preparing for weeks of reading, sifting and judging dozens of national portfolio organisation (NPO) funding applications.

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St Andrews University takeover of Byre Theatre under fire

12th April 2014

Actor’s union Equity has strongly criticised a bid by a university to take over the running of a town’s theatre. The University of St Andrews has claimed in a formal proposal to Fife Council that its plans for the Byre Theatre would benefit students, staff, local amateur dramatic groups and the wider population of St Andrews and Fife.

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The final curtain for National Theatre’s double act Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

11th April 2014

It’s a job that left even Sir Laurence Olivier scarred. For this greatest of thespians, his reign as director of the National Theatre was often consumed by politics, and it ended amid claims of jealousy and betrayal. Richard Eyre, too, had difficulties in the role. Yet after just over a decade in charge of the Southbank institution, Sir Nicholas Hytner seems remarkably at ease as his own tenure nears its end. The difference? “Well they didn’t have Nick Starr,” he says.

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Joyce McMillan: Silence isn’t golden for the arts

11th April 2014

Creative Scotland’s ten-year plan leaves more questions than answers about how it will make its decisions, says Joyce McMillan. A new piece of information flits across my screen, on a bright Edinburgh spring day. It’s the announcement of a Fringe show, planned for this year’s Festival, in response to David Bowie’s “Scotland, stay with us” plea.

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National’s venue the Shed to stay until 2017

11th April 2014

The National Theatre’s temporary venue the Shed will remain open until 2017 after Lambeth Council approved its planning application. The local authority has confirmed the 225-seat theatre is able to stay in its current position on the South Bank until March 31, 2017.

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Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff unveils plans for £6m expansion

11th April 2014

More than 750,000 visitors a year have passed through the doors of vibrant Cardiff arts centre and now there are plans for another refurbishment. Leading city cultural venue Chapter Arts Centre has launched a search for a design team for a £6m expansion. The popular arts centre plans to transform the eastern wing of its home in Canton with a new cinema, galleries, performance and rehearsal spaces and a digital hub.

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Derby Hippodrome: Council hints at compulsory purchase

11th April 2014

A council leader has said he will consider using compulsory purchase powers to buy a derelict Derby theatre and immediately sell it to campaigners. The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust has been trying to bring the 100-year-old venue back into use since 2010. But last year, Derby City Council said it would no longer spend money on the theatre because of government cuts.

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