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Liverpool Council signs Neptune Theatre community deal

15th November 2010

The battle over the future of Liverpool’s much loved Neptune theatre is finally over. Liverpool city council and the building’s leaseholder agreed a deal that secures the theatre for the next 12 years. The council owns the Hanover Street building but leased it to the property firm Hanover Estates.

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Boris Johnson calls for continued arts investment

15th November 2010

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for continued investment in the arts in London and the rest of the UK. Launching his arts strategy for the capital – Cultural Metropolis – Johnson said that both private and public funding streams need to be maintained and that “this is not a time to be lowering our ambitions”.

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A dark new philistinism is behind Britain's arts funding cuts

14th November 2010

Looming cuts to university arts and humanities departments destroy the consensus that the arts have inherent value. It sends a chill to the heart that humanities and arts departments in English universities are to be disproportionately hit by funding cuts. For the arts are being attacked from all sides.

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Arts Council for Wales withdraw funding for Beaufort Theatre and Ballroom

13th November 2010

Beaufort Theatre and Ballroom have had about £40,000 cut from their revenue budget after the Arts Council for Wales withdrew their funding. The Arts Council are holding a consultation process on the future of the Works site and, if plans go ahead, the theatre could eventually close.

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Take Art respond to Somerset County Council cuts

13th November 2010

Conservative led Somerset County Council has voted to cut 100% of the £159,000 arts development budget from April 2011. This decision has been taken despite considerable public support in favour of a 26% cut over 4 years, in line with the proposed grant reduction from central to local government.

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Visitors' trail explores Rochester's art scene

13th November 2010

A visitors’ trail exploring Rochester’s arts scene has been published to attract more tourists to its galleries and museums. It also highlights other attractions in Medway, including Chatham Historic Dockyard and the Brook Theatre.

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London's Bush theatre moves from the pub to the library

12th November 2010

A theatre with one of the best reputations for finding and nurturing new writing – albeit a slightly tarnished one for the prone-to-leaks venue it operates from – today announced its relocation.

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Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush relocation

12th November 2010

The Bush Theatre will move to its more spacious home next to Shepherds Bush Market in October 2011. Its current location, in the dining room of the Bush Hotel, has experienced water leaks and power cuts.

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Liverpool's Royal Court launches capital campaign

12th November 2010

The trustees of the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool launched its capital campaign to renovate and refurbish the Grade II-listed art deco building. The trust was given the green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund in September to enable them to develop the plans for the building, as well as further and to continue fundraising to raise the £10.6m needed for the whole scheme.

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Work to begin on Great Yarmouth cultural quarter

12th November 2010

Plans to build a new cultural quarter for Great Yarmouth will move a step closer next week when work begins to convert St George’s Chapel into an arts centre and build a new pavilion alongside. RG Carter will be carrying out the works on the Yarmouth Borough Council-led project, working closely with English Heritage and Hopkins Architects.

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