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Press Release: NPPF must not be silent on culture says major national arts organisations in a joint letter

2nd October 2011

For immediate release. In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph published today, 20 major arts figures call for the inclusion of culture in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in response to the lack of recognition of culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government department’s draft NPPF.

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Petition to save Trowbridge Arc’s commercial shows

1st October 2011

Petition to save professional theatre at The Arc in Trowbridge has been launched. More than 230 people have already put their names to the petition, asking Wiltshire College to reconsider closing the theatre to commercial productions. The council intends to keep The Arc running for performing arts students and community groups.

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Press Coverage: Planning for cultural deserts

30th September 2011

Blog: Audiences UK. Should we give the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) the benefit of the doubt and assume they were just having a bad day when they published their Draft National Planning Framework? Surely they couldn’t have thought through the implications for heritage, sport, leisure and recreation in the new framework and purposely left Culture out?

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£1m lottery win paves the way to restoring Portsmouth’s historic New Theatre Royal

30th September 2011

Lottery cash to finally restore Portsmouth’s most historic theatre will change the face of the arts in the city, it was claimed today. And the £1m grant for the New Theatre Royal from the Heritage Lottery Fund will also help form a new creative hub in the city centre.

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Wiltshire school reveals its £15.5m building plan to include new 330 seat theatre

30th September 2011

A £15.5m plan to rebuild a Wiltshire school has been unveiled. Sarum Academy, near Salisbury, said its new campus will include a 330 seater theatre, hair and beauty salon, a workshop for mechanics and sports pitches. Described as “educationally inspiring”, the new academy is being designed by local architect Jane Lock-Smith. Building works is due to begin early next year and should be completed by September 2013.

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St George's Theatre receives £250,000 grant to re-open

30th September 2011

A historic Norfolk theatre is due to re-open to the public next spring after receiving a grant to complete repairs. St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth is receiving £250,000 from English Heritage towards its renovation. It means the Grade I-listed building will be taken off the English Heritage at risk register next year when it opens as an arts centre.

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Living Places: Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit programme comes to an end

30th September 2011

This marks the end of the Living Places programme. The national partners would like to take this opportunity to thank the many organisations and individuals who have worked together to achieve success. Living Places emphasises the use of culture and sport to support local distinctiveness and quality of place and promotes the advantage of cultural bodies working together to support local services for communities and individuals.

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Encore: Plans for new curtain call for Hulme Hippodrome

30th September 2011

It was one of Manchester’s hottest nightspots, where stars like the Beatles and Laurel and Hardy played to packed houses. But the Hulme Hippodrome was turned into a bingo hall after audience numbers dwindled and then fell into disrepair when it closed its doors for good. Now there are plans to restore the huge Grade-II listed building, which contains an ornate three-tier theatre, ballroom and restaurant.

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Planning permission sought for Blandford arts centre

29th September 2011

The group trying to build a “dynamic” arts centre in Blandford seek they will seek outline planning permission after a successful exhibition. The DT11 Partnership said that now it has the support of the town council and the public it will move ahead with the 175 seat ‘Fording Point’. The partnership is made up of more than 40 local groups and organisations and hopes to build the venue on the side of the town’s Victorian Garden. Over 100 people came to the consultation and the project leader, film director Jon Ivay, said: “We feel confident enough to go on to the next stage.”

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Details unveiled for £100 million scheme to boost private giving to culture

29th September 2011

Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today announced further details of the £100 million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector and build long-term resilience, sustainability and innovation.

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