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Welsh Arts Council's 'delight' at 4 per cent cut in funding

19th November 2010

The body that funds dozens of arts organisations across Wales was “delighted” its funding was only cut by 4 per cent in the draft budget. Among the organisations funded by the Arts Council of Wales are the Grand Theatre Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre, Pontardawe Arts Centre and Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen.

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Crawley and West Sussex councils in theatre funding row

19th November 2010

West Sussex County Council has been criticised for only supporting one theatre in the county. The local authority has confirmed it has given £2.6m to Chichester Festival Theatre since 2001, and no support to any other theatre during that time.

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County leader defends cuts in funding the arts in Somerset

18th November 2010

Leader of Somerset County Council Ken Maddock has defended the decision to slash the council’s arts budget. Councillor Maddock said that sacrifices had to be made and that everyone had to do their bit to balance the books, following criticism of the decision to end support for Strode Theatre in Street.

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A new committee forms to save Conwy Civic Hall

18th November 2010

An action committee has been set up to fight for the future of Conwy’s Civic Hall. The well-attended meeting last Friday was held in the lounge area of the building. The top floor of the venue is to close on December 28, although existing bookings will be honoured until March 2011. The closure will save Conwy County Council around £20,000 a year, but the users of the hall have vowed to save it from closure.

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Welsh cultural organisations get cut by 4%

18th November 2010

Arts organisations in Wales have escaped with a 4% overall cut in the Welsh Assembly Government’s draft budget. The Arts Council of Wales’ budget for “arts programmes” will be reduced by 4% over three years starting in 2011. These programmes comprise all of the money ACW spends directly on culture, including its portfolio of revenue funded organisations and other pots of strategic funding.

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Drama schools speak out about funding uncertainty

18th November 2010

Drama school leaders have stressed it is too early to gauge how damaging the government’s proposed university funding cuts will prove to be for performing arts training, despite recent claims that several leading institutions will lose their entire Whitehall subsidy.

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Scottish arts world welcomes devolved budget

18th November 2010

The leaders of Scotland’s cultural bodies have reacted positively and with no little sense of relief to the draft budget proposals announced by the Scottish National Party government. There is also, however, recognition that centrally controlled funds are only a proportion of the nation’s overall cultural spend. Big decisions will come early next year when Scotland’s local authorities set out their budgets.

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Menier’s Russian owners reveal plans to launch ‘rocket’ theatre in Southwark

18th November 2010

The Russian owners of the Menier Chocolate Factory have unveiled ambitious plans to expand the London venue, adding a 300-seat theatre and restaurant in an adjacent complex that will also feature offices and a rocket-shaped, multi-storey apartment block.

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Noises off: make no mistake, beer can promote good performance

18th November 2010

With arts organisations struggling financially, corporate sponsors have a vital role to play – and that includes alcohol distributors blogs Chris Wilkinson for The Guardian.

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Sheffield engineering company wins national arts award for warehouse to theatre conversion

18th November 2010

An engineering firm in Sheffield has won a national award for its work in the arts. Ekspan, based in Brightside, converted a warehouse into a 350 seat theatre in November 2009. The company worked with a group called Open Door Theatre to set up a new arts and conference venue. Their partnership has been recognised with an award from the organisation, Arts and Business.

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