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Arts Council England launches £37 million engagement fund

30th January 2012

Arts Council England has launched a £37 million fund aimed at engaging people in cultural activities in areas where involvement is low. The “creative people and places fund” will support around 15 initiatives that will develop cultural experiences for communities that are currently not engaging with the arts.

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Greenwich Playhouse to close as Landlords wish to exploit Olympic commercial opportunities

30th January 2012

Galleon Theatre Company is to leave Greenwich Playhouse after more than 15 years in residence. The Galleon Theatre Company, based at the Playhouse since 1995, has not had its lease renewed by landlords Beds and Bars. According to a statement released by the theatre, the Playhouse will close on April 10.

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John Letford appeals for city's help to give Dundee's Whitehall Theatre a future

28th January 2012

Lord Provost John Letford has appealed to the people of the city to show their support for the Whitehall Theatre, either financially or by other means, following a torrid 2011 for the historic building. Mr Letford, speaking as chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, believes the theatre could easily become a focal point in the city once again after Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee stepped in to save the venue late last year.

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Derby Hippodrome survey deadline extended

28th January 2012

Campaigners trying to save the historic Derby theatre say they are “surprised” by the high number of responses to a survey about the building’s future. The Hippodrome Restoration Trust said it had extended the survey deadline due to the high number of responses. Anyone who wants to submit their opinions now has until 1 February.

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Huddersfield arts groups may pocket £50,000 Council handout

27th January 2012

Three arts groups may get Kirklees Council grants worth £50,000 at a time when budgets elsewhere are being squeezed. The authority’s Labour cabinet is to discuss the grants at a meeting on Tuesday after the groups lost other funding totalling £70,000. Kirklees Theatre Trust, Proper Jobs Theatre Projects and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival are to benefit.

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Basingstoke and Dean Council arts funding blow

27th January 2012

Cultural groups in Basingstoke and Deane are set to be hit with an average six per cent cut in the funding they receive from the borough council. Central Studio, Fairfields Arts Centre and eight other organisations will all lose out as the local authority seeks to save more than £100,000 from its arts and heritage budget.

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£1m plan to upgrade Basildon Towngate Theatre are approved

27th January 2012

A £1m refurbishment of the Towngate Theatre will also go ahead Deputy leader of the Conservative-controlled authority, Stephen Horgan, said the plans would address the “over-provision of retail and under-provision of leisure, restaurants, cafes and bars”.

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Witney Corn Exchange fire exits were dangerous, report reveals

27th January 2012

The fire exits at Witney’s Corn Exchange did not provide a safe means of escape, it has emerged. Ten “major” faults have been identified at the hall in Market Square since it was closed following the discovery that the heating and ventilation system was in danger of “imminent failure”.

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Flintshire County Council plans to spend £15m rebuilding County Hall and Clwyd Theatr Cymru

26th January 2012

As part of Flintshire County Council’s 10 year capital strategy, a scheme which sees the council bring together all its financial plans for the next decade, Mold’s County Hall would be demolished and rebuilt at a cost of £15m and nearby Clwyd Theatr Cymru would also see investment of £25m.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal plans to expand

26th January 2012

Plans to expand Plymouth Theatre Royal with a two-storey extension and a new education space have been submitted to the venue’s local council. The proposals include building a creative learning space within the theatre’s existing basement, replacing the building’s exterior aluminium cladding, renovating the front of house areas and re-landscaping the area outside the venue.

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