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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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Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre safe for another year after Cheshire East Council announces next year’s panto

17th November 2010

Crewe’s historic Lyceum Theatre is safe for at least another year after the council confirmed it will get funding. At one stage it looked as though the curtain could come for good on what is known as Crewe’s “jewel in the crown”.

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James Purnell appointed to National Theatre board

17th November 2010

Former Labour culture secretary James Purnell has been appointed to the board of the National Theatre. John Makinson, who became chairman of the NT’s board on November 1, announced the appointment today. He said: “James was an energetic and enlightened culture secretary who will bring a wealth of relevant experience to the board of the National Theatre.

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London theatres pool resources in bid to go greener

17th November 2010

Green arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle has set up a new partnership with 12 off-West End venues to make them more sustainable and help them cut costs. Each member of the London Theatre Consortium will be evaluated by JB to gauge their carbon emissions, before developing ways in which they can work together.

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