MUSIC Coming in with a bang

The rhythms of drum ensembles put together in a Barbican project are bringing down social barriers in East End schools - so successfully that now the project is going it alone

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CHILDREN'S THEATRE We are what we play

What makes babies laugh? Why “the terrible twos”? Are teenagers programmed to be difficult? Making children’s theatre is more than entertaining young audiences. Polka Theatre, founded almost 50 years ago in Wimbledon, is also linking up with scientists to explore the audience with its festival Brain Waves

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Patrick Kelly's back page

AI's pick of what's to come

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PASSING BY... Brown study

In 40 years Antony Thorncroft has watched the auction scene change into a money market

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EDINBURGH Post-war pragmatics

This month more than four million visitors will descend on Edinburgh for its International Festival and its Fringe, but what does it mean to the venues beyond August? Simon Tait looks at two of them

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MY STORY The show goes on

The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre was founded by Sue Jackson in 1979 in a small shop in Falmouth, Cornwall, from where she turned the vVctorian diversionary craft of automata-making into an art form and eventually a global success. Following Sue’s sudden death in April this year aged 77, Cabaret is taking on a new lease of life under the guidance of her daughter, Sarah Alexander. The Crafts Council’s exhibition, A Curious Turn: Moving mechanical sculpture will celebrate 40 years of British automata and opens on September 15 at Habitat’s King’s Road Platform Gallery as part of the London Design Festival before a two-year nationwide tour. it was a project Sue had helped plan, but never witnessed and is dedicated to her memory

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SIMON TAIT'S DIARY

Frank’s pick

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GOOD PRACTICE Form and function: where art meets technology

Many artists are already embracing the digital revolution, as a new Nesta study has found. John Davies explains

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MUSEUMS Bury’s marvellous Met

Just half an hour from downtown Manchester, the Bury Met is forging its own path to the future. Patrick Kelly went to have a look

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FESTIVALS Playing home

Journeys Festival International opens in Leicester on August 23 before travelling to Manchester and Portsmouth with its showcase of the work of refugees and asylum seekers, created by ArtReach, the contemporary arts development agency

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THE WORD Edge city

Croydon used to be a byword for suburban drabness, but no longer, says Paula Murray, creative director at Croydon Council, which is using the arts to give the town a multi-billion pound new profile, beginning with a £30m shakedown of its Fairfield Halls

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SPONSORSHIP: Feeding the angels

So where are the arts sponsors? In June the Art of Sponsorship conference organised by the Showcase consultancy invited marketing and communications directors from companies ranging from American Express and Barclays to Ford and Penguin Random House to hear what could be a key evaluation by one of the world’s leading consumer measurement agencies, Repucom – that while companies are still fixed on sponsoring sport, their customers are more interested in the arts

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