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Newcastle Council's 50% arts cuts confirmed

8th March 2013

Newcastle City Council has agreed to stop its regular funding for theatres and other arts venues and launch a new cultural fund worth half the amount. The council will scrap its £1.2m core arts grants as part of £100m savings. Setting its budget the council confirmed that a new £600,000 culture fund would be launched instead.

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Westminster cuts arts funding by 100%

8th March 2013

Westminster City Council has confirmed that it will cut all arts funding in the London borough by 2014/15.

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Ed Vaizey – ‘Crisis? What arts crisis?’

8th March 2013

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has claimed that it is “rubbish” to say that the arts are in crisis, insisting they are in “rude health”.

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Bradford Council set to buy Odeon

7th March 2013

Bradford Council is set to accept the transfer of the former Odeon building from the Homes and Communities Agency for £1.

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Glass pavilion in the sky will transform the Cinderella Southbank

7th March 2013

The Southbank Centre is to undergo a radical £120 million transformation that includes a new glass pavilion in the sky. The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery are to be re-named the Festival Wing and closed for up to three years while the revamp takes place. But the end result will be new space for performances, exhibitions and socialising carved out of reclaimed and forgotten corridors and plant works on the 21-acre site.

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Contenders revealed for UK City of Culture 2017 title

7th March 2013

Eleven places from across the UK are bidding to be named City of Culture in 2017. The longlist features Aberdeen, Chester, Dundee, East Kent (covering Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet), Hastings and Bexhill on Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend on Sea, and Swansea Bay (covering Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath, and Port Talbot).

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Belfast City Council increases arts funding 27%

6th March 2013

Belfast City Council is to increase its spending on the arts by 27% after agreeing a £4.1 million funding package for more than 50 companies and venues as part of a new three-year support plan.

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artsdepot partners with London Studio Centre

5th March 2013

artsdepot is delighted to announce that from September 2013, the higher education vocational dance college London Studio Centre will take up permanent residence at the North Finchley venue.

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Henley's Kenton Theatre trustees angry over sign plan

4th March 2013

A row over plans by the Kenton Theatre to install an outdoor illuminated sign is set to continue. The trustees of the theatre in New Street, Henley, are seeking planning permission for a 3.7m x 60cm burgundy aluminium sign to be placed above the canopy and supported by decorative brackets in the same colour. But town councillors have recommended the plans are refused and planning officials at South Oxfordshire District Council say the sign should be at least half the size.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion demolition considered

3rd March 2013

Two bids to keep a Suffolk theatre as a leisure or entertainment complex have been rejected by the local council. The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion was closed by its owner Suffolk Coastal District Council in January. Two of the groups bidding to run it, Felixstowe Ambitions and Spa Pavilion Associates, have been told their proposals are not financially viable.

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