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Blog: Happy Birthday to the National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF)

23rd March 2013

Congratulations to the NPPF as it celebrates its one year birthday on the 27th March 2013. In what has been a challenging year for those dealing with shaping and implementing planning policy, it is opportune to examine its impact thus far. This blog post focusses on the Good, the Bad and the Nonsensical.


Audit report criticises DCAL for capital theatre project overspends

23rd March 2013

The audit office has criticised the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) for allowing multi-million pound building projects to go over budget. The four Belfast arts projects were the Grand Opera House, the Crescent Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre and the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC).

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Taunton Brewhouse Theatre rescue business plan goes on display

23rd March 2013

Plans to reopen the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton have gone on display. The Tone Theatre Association has been set up by Independent councillors Eddie Gaines and Steve Ross to develop the building into a community arts hub. The association’s business plan is due to be submitted to the theatre’s administrators next month and residents have been asked for their views.

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Blog: NT's Shed, a new, temporary and recyclable theatre

22nd March 2013

What a brilliant splash of red this new temporary theatre makes. Called The Shed, it is being opened as part of London’s National Theatre and is going to be there for a year as renovations of the main space take place. No doubt it will take longer, as renovations always do, but in recognition of its one-year lifespan the National is trying to ensure that the space is as low-energy, sustainable and recyclable as possible.

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Islington's Precinct Theatre needs 'angel' to provide ‘sanctuary for kids’ as theatre group faces eviction

22nd March 2013

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Joseph Marcelle, who played butler Geoffrey in the hit US sitcom and Phyllida Lloyd, director of Oscar-winning The Iron Lady and the worldwide Abba-based hit Mamma Mia! have added their support to a threatened youth theatre group on the Packington estate in Islington.

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Arts receive further in-year cuts from government

22nd March 2013

Arts Council England has received further in-year cuts to its budget, following Wednesday’s budget announcement by chancellor George Osborne.

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Arts organisation mobile fundraising scheme launches

22nd March 2013

A new fundraising initiative that allows people to make donations to arts organisations by using their mobile phones has been launched. Donate will be introduced by organisations including the Almeida Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton, touring company Phoenix Dance Theatre and the Southbank Centre, from March 28.

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ACE funds GCSE arts review in drive to improve cultural education

21st March 2013

Arts Council England has commissioned research to review GCSE qualifications in drama, dance, music and art and design.

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London's Park Theatre unveils inaugural season

21st March 2013

Park Theatre’s first season will feature four UK premieres. The new London venue, located in Finsbury Park, will open its season with the UK premiere of These Shining Lives by American playwright Melanie Marnich. The £2.5 million theatre, which is run by artistic director Jez Bond and executive director Miranda Bertram, will also stage the world premiere of Daytona, a new show by Oliver Cotton, from July 10 to August 18.

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What difference will arts cuts really make?

21st March 2013

Like many parts of life, theatres, galleries and other arts organisations are feeling the squeeze from funding cuts. But how will that affect what we see on stage or on a gallery wall?

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