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Young actors campaign to save Theatr Powys

17th November 2010

A campaign is under way by a group of young actors to save a “highly regarded” theatre which is threatened with closure. Mid Powys Youth Theatre is part of Theatr Powys, which is expected to lose about £200,000 in funding from the Acts Council of Wales (ACW) next year. Campaign4Creativity (C4C) has been formed to rescue the theatre, which is based in Llandrindod Wells.

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New work by Quentin Blake unveiled on Unicorn Theatre walls

16th November 2010

Quentin Blake will this week unveil a new large-scale work created as a gift to London children’s theatre the Unicorn to celebrate its 5th anniversary and support its work with underprivileged children.

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£100,000 council grant cut fears for Grand Theatre in Blackpool

16th November 2010

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre could be plunged back into financial crisis if the Council withdraws vital funding. The Vice-President of the theatre has warned a town hall grant of nearly £106,000 is essential if the venue is to remain open. But spending cuts mean the Council cannot give assurances the grant, in its third year, will be available next year.

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Arts bodies braced for fresh cuts

16th November 2010

Theatres, galleries and other arts bodies are preparing for a “double whammy” of funding cuts as local councils try to balance their budgets. The Arts Council England has already said its budget for cultural organisations will fall by 15% by 2015. Many venues and services also rely on subsidies from local authorities, who have had their funding slashed by 26%.

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Blog: Want to know the damage arts cuts could do? Visit Darlington

16th November 2010

Slashing the Darlington arts budget will not only hit culture, but hurt wider society – especially when it comes to young people blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian.

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Group puts forward plan to safeguard Darlington Arts Centre

16th November 2010

Campaigners are hoping to gain support for a solution they believe could save a town’s cultural amenities from closure. Darlington for Culture was set up to protect the Civic Theatre and Darlington Arts Centre after Darlington Borough Council announced proposals to end its subsidies to the facilities as part of £22m spending cuts over four years.The group proposes to set up a “community interest company” to run the building, which they say provides a hub for the town’s cultural activity.

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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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