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Councillors reassure public about Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli

11th February 2011

Gwynedd Council says it has ‘no intention whatsoever’ of closing Neuadd Dwyfor, and is ‘committed to its long-term future’. As expected, Gwynedd Council’s development scrutiny committee approved a recommendation to explore possible alternative management arrangements for the centre in Pwllheli.

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Cardiff theatre company Hijinx faces painful reality of arts cuts

11th February 2011

Dozens of people gathered at Sbectrwm community centre in Fairwater to show their support for a Cardiff theatre group battling against painful cuts from the Arts Council of Wales. The public meeting was held to discuss ways forward for Hijinx theatre, which works closely alongside adults with learning disabilities.

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Minister asked to look again at Gwent Theatre funding

11th February 2011

William Graham (Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales East) questioned the Heritage Minister concerning the withdrawal of funding from Theatre Gwent.

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Culture minister will not intervene in local authority arts cuts

11th February 2011

The culture minister, Ed Vaizey, has refused to intervene in local authority funding cuts being made to arts organisations and libraries across the country and said many of the problems were down to long-term breakdowns in communication. Leaders of arts organisations have gathered in London for the second annual State of the Arts conference, organised by the RSA and Arts Council England.

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Darlington theatre goes on sale

11th February 2011

A private company is being sought to take over Darlington’s 104-year-old Civic Theatre, which is under threat of closure. Darlington Borough Council hopes to find a new operator who will keep the venue open. The move comes after cuts in public spending put the theatre’s future in doubt. The Civic’s lease is being offered for sale, on the condition it remains a theatre.

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County firm win sets stage for Cheltenham Everyman theatre revamp

11th February 2011

The Everyman Theatre’s restoration project has taken a giant step forward following the appointment of a contractor to carry out the work. Gloucestershire firm Speller Metcalfe has been awarded the contract to restore the Victorian building this summer. Builders will be renovating the auditorium, front of house and existing bars and toilets.

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Medieval drain incorporated now incorporated in West Walls Theatre building

11th February 2011

When Dorothy Charlesworth assessed Roman Carlisle in the 1978 Archaeological Journal she wondered about remains in the Blackfriars area, “located in the late 18th century”. A structure was discovered on West Walls and Miss Charlesworth thought it “a settling tank or chamber”. If it was not Roman, she said: “It must be connected with the Blackfriars monastery.”

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ACE vows not to repeat mistakes of last investment round

10th February 2011

Arts Council England chair Liz Forgan has vowed that the organisation’s forthcoming spending review, when it will overhaul its porfolio of funded companies, will be “as good and fair as it can be”.

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Vaizey: 'I won't interfere with local authority funding cuts'

10th February 2011

Arts minister speaks on funding, technology and the need to make more alliances at State of the Arts conference.

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Blog: Does America need so many theatres

10th February 2011

It’s a valid question – but when it was asked by the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, the internet went into overdrive blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

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