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Double act on a rescue mission at historic Swansea Albert Hall

31st January 2011

It is a vestige of old Swansea — and passions are running high as a result. “Let’s do something on this, at least attempt a rescue,” said Paulette Pelosi. “Swansea has an awful habit of letting the few important historic buildings fall to dust.” She was talking about the Albert Hall, that once grand old building positioned in the centre of town since 1864, when it started its life as reading rooms and a music hall.

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Harrogate Theatre at risk over council cuts

31st January 2011

Harrogate Theatre could be forced to close because of an 85% cut in funding from North Yorkshire County Council. It means the theatre could lose £53,000 a year from April – accounting for 20% of its total funding.

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How do we keep theatres and arts centres in Darlington and Barnet open…

30th January 2011

How do we keep theatres and arts centres in Darlington and Barnet open…

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations from a session at Devoted and Disgruntled 6 on 29 January 2011.

This was a lively discussion concerning Arts Depot in Barnet, the Arts Centre in Darlington, and Stratford Circus in Newham – all facing cuts from local authorities/London Councils (in London) and reductions in ACE funding. Also contributions and thoughts from BAC, Bradford, Royal & Derngate, Tricycle, Riverside…

These abbreviated notes are taken from the report on the DandD6 ‘news wall’ at the event.

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Our campaign to save Darlington arts centre

28th January 2011

Paul Harman, chair of Darlington for Culture, explains how their arts centre was granted a stay of execution by the council.

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Councillor Robert Rams describes cuts to artsdepot grant as 'small amount' of its budget

28th January 2011

Cash being cut from a North Finchley theatre by Barnet Council is “a small amount” according to the councillor leading the plans. Cash subsidies given to the artsdepot in North Finchley, Church farmhouse Museum in Hendon and Barnet Museum in High Barnet are set to be scrapped as the council looks to save £54m over three years.

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Campaigners must raise £750,000 to save Penrith Alhambra

27th January 2011

Campaigners fighting to save Penrith’s Alhambra Cinema have been given more time to allow a community buyout to be put together. This means the venue, which was due to close on March 3, can now stay open until April 30 so work to secure the £750,000 needed to buy the property can be found.

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Alarm over cuts to arts in the North East

27th January 2011

The threat to arts in the North East has been raised in Parliament, with a warning that the Government is risking the region’s cultural renaissance. Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell has called on ministers to look again at support for theatre groups as funding cuts threaten to undermine the city’s cultural achievements over the last 10 years.

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Harrogate needs your help to lobby North Yorkshire County Council

27th January 2011

Harrogate Theatre needs your help to lobby North Yorkshire County Council who are proposing an 85% cut to their annual grant. David Bown, Chief Executive outlines the current situation and how you can help.

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Theatreland enjoys ‘golden age’ despite ash, slump and snow

27th January 2011

London theatre continues to defy the effects of the recession, reporting overall results for 2010 that saw record box office revenues and a minimal (0.79%) drop in attendance. Society of London Theatre president Nica Burns said that she was delighted with the results, which she claims represent an ongoing “golden period” for London theatre.

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to offer weddings to increase income

26th January 2011

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is to host weddings within its Regency auditorium in a bid to create a new income stream for the venue. Staff at the theatre are currently applying for a marriage licence and hope that the first wedding will take place in September this year. It held a wedding fair last weekend to generate interest.

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