Black Stories on stage

Two new programmes are putting the work of Black artists in the North of England centre stage

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Touring the grand - and the contemporary

The Grand Tour exhibition partnership of Midlands museums and stately homes began as an invocation of wealthy 18th century European cultural tourists. Now it’s closer to home, and closer to now, reports Simon Tait

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Music at the heart of Huddersfield

Huddersfield is famous for its internationally acclaimed Contemporary Music Festival, but it also boasts a richly diverse music scene that celebrates the different cultures that make the town what it is today, from folk, reggae, jazz, brass, Bhangra, hip hop and rock. Patrick Kelly reports

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Oh we do like to be…

The British seaside is moving with the times and yet somehow never changes. For its major summer exhibition opening tomorrow (March 23), Royal Museums Greenwich at the National Maritime Museum uses the work of four of our finest documentary photographers to tell the story. Simon Tait reports

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The young voice – and how to hear it

The Lowry in Salford has made its reputation on community engagement, and youth is a special target. Lynsey O’Sullivan, director of learning and engagement at The Lowry, explains how - and where - Week53 fits in

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THE WORD Working to keep playing – vital support our musicians need

A musician’s career is precarious and its stresses can have a devastating effect on their health and well-being. The charity Help Musicians UK is 100 in 2021 and has increased its impact by 600% in three years. Its chairman, Graham Sheffield, director arts for the British Council, sets out its mission and centenary target

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THEATRE British theatre's unseen East Asian playwrights

A source of great drama is missing from the British canon. A conference next month aims to open the treasure chest of work by South East Asian playwrights and theatre-makers, as Cheryl Robson, founder of the publisher Aurora Metro, explains

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THEATRE Traveller's tales and mission faith with the RSC

Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is in charge of its touring programme, and as the current tour ends there are some popular myths, she tells Simon Tait, that need to be set right

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We're losing our future music makers!

The crisis in music education, with teenagers’ involvement at its lowest level ever, means the next David Bowie, Adele or Ed Sheeran will be lost to the future, unless a new consortium being launched tonight in Shepherds Bush can halt the slide. Simon Tait reports 

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Teaching the arts to ask for money

The arts get 2% of charity giving, so free crash courses to learn fundraising are being offered online to tackle the urgent problem of how to fundraise for culture projects. Simon Tait reports

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THE WORD Angel of Death

Tim Brennan questions the real meaning of the Angel of the North, which is 20 years old this year.

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VISUAL ART How an alien helped Reuben's grief

The artist Nathan Ford hopes a book he wrote for his son will help others deal with their demons after the death of his best friend, and benefit the charity Macmillan Nurses. Simon Tait talked to him

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