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Newcastle Council finds £600,000 for arts sector

14th February 2013

An independent panel will decide how an annual fund of £600,000 is to be spent on arts and culture in Newcastle. The city council has announced the investment after originally proposing a 100% cut to its arts budget.

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Newcastle Council leader reveals plans to save arts

14th February 2013

The city council said it will find £600,000 a year to bankroll a new pot for the arts, ending fears of a 100% budget cut. The money will come from savings elsewhere, including interest earned from an earlier loan to Newcastle Airport. An independently managed fund will be open to contributions from businesses and other organisations, with council leader Nick Forbes saying he wants celebrities who campaigned against arts cuts to make a contribution.

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Theatre returns to Shakespeare's Shoreditch

14th February 2013

The Curtain and the Theatre, both used by Shakespeare, have recently applied for redevelopment as modern drama spaces

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Special conference: What future for regional theatre? 7 March

14th February 2013

Representatives from subsidised theatre across the UK will come together on Thursday 7 March at a special conference to discuss the impact of budget cuts and BECTU’s response.

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Arts leaders warn ‘still work to be done’ despite EBacc U-turn

14th February 2013

Leading figures from the cultural sector have described the government’s decision to drop its English Baccalaureate proposals as a “big win”, but have warned there is still work to be done to ensure the arts are placed at the heart of education.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber backs portable theatre-in-the-round (all it needs is a plug socket)

14th February 2013

Andrew Lloyd Webber may be at home in the glamorous surroundings of the West End stage, but his charitable foundation is backing a portable theatre that will bring exciting new work to locations from village halls to car parks across Britain. All it needs is a plug socket. The Roundabout auditorium, which is the brainchild of theatre company Paines Plough, is the first ever self-contained portable theatre-in-the-round and it aims to reinvigorate theatre in regions that have little access to the best new writing. Lord Lloyd Webber hopes the foundation’s involvement will bring in a wave of donations from others who have made millions in the West End to help reinvigorate grassroots theatre.

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Paines Plough to make pop-up theatre permanent

14th February 2013

Paines Plough has received a grant of £150,000 from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, allowing the touring company to build a permanent version of its pop-up auditorium, the Roundabout. The company trialled a prototype of the venue – a 111-seat in-the-round space – at Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall in 2011 and 2012.

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Protest group hires lawyers in battle to save Berwyn Nantymoel

14th February 2013

A group fighting to save Nantymoel’s Berwyn Centre has called in the lawyers over the council’s decision to tear down the historic community hub The Save the Berwyn group announced on Friday that they had instructed Bridgend firm David and Snape to act for them in a possible last-ditch legal challenge to save the 110-year-old Ogmore Valley building. The move represents the most bullish step to date in the community group’s quest to block the bulldozers and return the cherished former miners’ hall into the hands of the people of the Ogmore Valley.

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Wellington Clifton cinema restoration plans

13th February 2013

A former Shropshire cinema could be turned back into an arts venue under plans by a local community group. The Clifton cinema in Wellington closed in 1989 and was used as a furniture store until Dunelm Mill moved out last year. Campaigners said they hoped to raise £10m to buy the site and convert it into a cinema, theatre, dance studio and exhibition space.

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Birmingham Rep theatre turns 100

13th February 2013

Celebrations are taking place this week to mark Birmingham Repertory Company’s centenary

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