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Councillors vote to defer Felixstowe Spa Pavilion closure decision

13th January 2012

Campaigners fighting to save the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe from closure are celebrating after a decision to cut its funding was deferred. Suffolk Coastal District Council had voted to stop the £250,000 annual subsidy it gives to the theatre. But on Thursday, the council’s scrutiny committee voted to refer the matter back to cabinet to give campaigners more time to find funding.

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Chelmsford Civic Theatre seeks stories for anniversary

13th January 2012

Memorabilia and stories are being sought by the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford to help it celebrate its 50th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the theatre is planning to create an exhibition charting its history, which will tour around the town. The theatre’s Beth Walker said they were keen to hear from both audience members and past performers.

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Live chat: beyond the five year plan – future proofing your arts organisation

13th January 2012

On Friday 13 January from noon The Guardian Culture Professionals Network organised a panel discussion on how to proof your venue, company or career, come rain or shine. Panelists included: Alex Homfray, director, BOP Consulting; Mark Robinson, director, Thinking Practice; Keith Evans, managing director, Cida Co, the Creativity and Innovation Company; Annette, co-artistic director, Coney; Andrew Erskine, senior associate, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy and Sarah Thelwall, founder, MyCake.

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Priceless? how many measures of ‘cultural value’ can you think of?

13th January 2012

Building on Claire Donovan’s first Priceless? blog, this week she’d like to issue a challenge: how many measures of ‘cultural value’ can you think of?

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Going inside Derby Theatre entertainment scene

13th January 2012

Finding a sustainable model for Derby Theatre is a bigger challenge than trying to bring the football World Cup to England. Any model has to be built on the constantly shifting sands of public funding and local politics. Therefore, even the most robust solution can easily collapse. The University of Derby, the Derby Theatre leaseholder, is attempting to build yet another new model.

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Plans lodged with Council for Ventnor Winter Gardens

12th January 2012

Plans to convert Ventnor Winter Gardens into a hotel and restaurant, with community use, have been submitted by the Hambrough Group. The group, which includes chef-proprietor of the Michelin-starred Hambrough Hotel Robert Thompson, announced last year it hoped to extensively refurbish and extend the existing building after it bought it from the Isle of Wight Council for £1.

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Calls for compulsory drama teaching in National Curriculum

12th January 2012

Lobbyists are campaigning for drama to be included as part of the new National Curriculum, as the government reviews core subjects. Grass-roots organisation the Cultural Learning Alliance has reacted to the publication of responses to the government’s call last year for evidence about the curriculum in England. The Department for Education has also released a report by the expert panel it has appointed to discuss the new programme.

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Chichester rebuild gets green light

12th January 2012

Chichester Festival Theatre’s redevelopment plans have been approved by the venue’s local council, meaning that it can begin fundraising for the £22 million project. Chichester District Council voted unanimously to grant the theatre planning permission and listed building consent for the scheme, which will see all the extensions added after 1962 demolished. New extensions, including a back-of-house structure, will be added and the auditorium and original foyer will be refurbished.

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Town asks for cash to take over Sidmouth Manor Pavilion theatre

12th January 2012

Sidmouth town councillors have submitted an application for funding to the district council which will enable them to realise a long-standing aim and take over the town’s much-loved theatre. A formal request has been made for a portion of the Section 106 money that will be forthcoming from developer Zero C which has permission to convert the now demolished Fortfield Hotel into 31 flats. The funds will enable the town council to take over the Manor Pavilion from East Devon District Council which currently owns and manages the theatre.

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No mention of cultural activity in proposed measures of wellbeing

12th January 2012

A Government-sponsored consultation seeking to identify the factors that influence national wellbeing makes no explicit mention of the arts or creativity, suggesting that cultural activity could be excluded from future statistical measures of quality of life.

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