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Blog: How the UK's children can benefit from a cultural education

28th February 2012

In 2011 Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, was asked to carry out an independent review of cultural education across England. As the review is published, he explains why we should create a cultural education system that is the envy of the world.

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Cultural Education in England Review by Darren Henley released

28th February 2012

This independent review of Cultural Education in England was commissioned at the request of the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Darren Henley, Managing Director of Global Radio’s national classical music station, Classic FM, was asked to consider how we can ensure the ambition that every child should experience a wide variety of high quality cultural experiences, ensuring both quality and best use of public investment.

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Conference: The Heart of the West End 25 - 26 Mar

28th February 2012

The Theatre Royal Haymarket has teamed up with the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the V&A for a very special two day conference celebrating all that makes the West End the very best place for theatre in the world on Sunday to Monday 25th and 26th March 2012.

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Blog: Regional theatres must take risks too – so why isn't the Arts Council helping?

28th February 2012

There’s an easy way to please the Arts Council: sell as many tickets as you can. That isn’t the same as challenging audiences. Theatre isn’t rocket science. Audiences want what they always wanted – comedy, sex, romance, frocks, satire and a soupcon of political provocation blogs Max Stafford-Clark for The Guardian Theatre blog..


Companies reduce arts donations

28th February 2012

Investment by businesses in the arts has dropped to its lowest level for seven years despite a government drive to encourage philanthropy. Companies gave £134m in the financial year 2010/11, according to Arts and Business, which compiled the figures. That is £10m down on the previous year and the lowest since 2003/4. But overall investment in the arts, including money from private donors and trusts and foundations, rose by £29m to £686m, Arts and Business said.

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Blog: Theatre goes green

27th February 2012

Thrillingly, Arts Council England has become the first funding body in the world to embed environmental sustainability into its funding programmes. Last week, Alan Davey, ACE’s chief executive, announced that from April all national portfolio organisations (NPOs) must begin measuring and improving their energy and water use as a minimum requirement blogs Jo Caird for WhatsOnStage.


Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre starts first phase of restoration work

27th February 2012

Refurbishment begins this week on the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool with the first phase of its planned £10.6m renovation getting underway. Workmen have spent the past fortnight dismantling the stalls’ cabaret-style fixtures and stripping out the rows of seats in the Art Deco theatre’s circle ahead of the start of the revamp.

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Registration for ABTT 2012 Theatre Show opens

27th February 2012

Visitors to the ABTT 2012 Theatre Show can now register online for free entrance to the event which is moving to its new home at the Old Truman Brewery, 13 and 14 June.

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Talk: From Ladies to Boardroom 22 March

27th February 2012

As part of their Winter Lecture Series the Society for Theatre Research presents Rupert Rhymes looking back over his career from box office to theatre administrator working for Sir Laurence Olivier and Lord Harewood and dealing with personalities and politics and surviving!

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Survey: Philanthropy in the Arts Survey 2012

26th February 2012

A year on from the Philanthropy in the Arts Consultation, Arts Quarter are conducted a review to assess what progress has been made to incentivise philanthropy by Government, the DCMS, ACE and HLF from the perspective of arts organisations. In addition to exploring the arts communities’ views around the Agenda as a whole and how these may have shifted, this research project looks to gather data on perceptions of what has been delivered to date and the effectiveness of these initiatives to deliver. They also intend to gather data on trends in individual giving – a key element in the Philanthropy Agenda as well as looking at how organisations themselves may have moved on in their fundraising thinking since this time last year.

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