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John Stalker resigns as chief executive of Edinburgh theatres

16th June 2011

John Stalker, chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust which runs Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres, has announced his resignation with effect from June 30.

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Unions unite to measure cost of cuts in Lost Arts campaign

16th June 2011

Entertainment unions Equity, BECTU and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have launched a joint campaign in Westminster this week, dedicated to monitoring arts funding cuts in the coming years. The Lost Arts campaign and website aims to “catalogue all the projects, events, initiatives, performances and organisations that will be lost to us, until the next review in 2015”.

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New £500,000 Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture

16th June 2011

Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) have announced a new £500,000 Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture. The call for applications follows a scoping exercise with the sector to determine the areas and themes of most importance. This exercise revealed several themes that the sector is keen to explore and proposals are sought in the following six areas: user-generated content and social media; distribution; mobile, location and games; data; resources; and education and learning.

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Hounslow Council to sell Paul Robeson Theatre

16th June 2011

Hounslow’s Paul Robeson Theatre could be sold-off under council proposals. Details about the proposed sell-off were included in a paper to be discussed at a cabinet meeting on June 21. The Chronicle first revealed rumours about the closure, which one theatre group working in the borough has described as a ‘real loss’, last month. However, Hounslow Council had refused to comment before now.

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Chapter Arts Centre unveils new director in 40th anniversary celebrations

16th June 2011

Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this weekend celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of special birthday events and the unveiling of a new director. Andy Eagle replaces Janek Alexander, who has been with the arts centre for 15 years. Eagle has been the director of Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon since early 2000.

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Blog: Does regional theatre still need its buildings?

14th June 2011

In an age of cuts, would regional theatre be better served by investing in people and ideas rather than bricks and mortar? blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Boris Johnson announces new volunteering framework for arts organisations

13th June 2011

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is joining forces with arts and cultural organisations across the capital to raise the profile of volunteering and enhance the status of volunteers working within the sector, with the development of the first ever citywide volunteering framework for the sector.

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Kingston Rose cuts staff

13th June 2011

Kingston’s Rose Theatre has announced that it has made four full-time posts redundant, following reductions in its funding. There will also be a reduction in budgets for other non-permanent staff. David Fletcher, the Rose’s executive director, confirmed that the affected staff had been informed.

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Entertainment unions to march on Westminster next week

13th June 2011

Entertainment unions Equity, BECTU and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain are to lobby parliament next week, as they launch a joint campaign dedicated to monitoring the cuts to funding of the arts in Westminster.

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English Heritage Angel Awards to be chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber

11th June 2011

Lord Lloyd Webber, whose Really Useful Group is one of the largest theatre companies in London, will chair the judges of English Heritage’s Angel Awards in his latest role to promote cultural landmarks. The awards celebrate efforts to restore Grade I, Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings or monuments that are on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

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