Wembley switches Christmas on

Wembley switches Christmas on

A 24-metre high Christmas tree – Aurora Park – was lit up last night in Wembley Park.

TAITMAIL   Free the freelancers

TAITMAIL Free the freelancers

The Comprehensive Spending Review isn’t comprehensive and it doesn’t spend: it’s selective and it only promises to do things, mostly cut. One word is particularly missing from Rishi Sunak’s statement this week: freelance.

Thames Estuary becomes festival venue

Thames Estuary becomes festival venue

The Thames Estuary is to host a large scale festival celebrating the history and culture of the riverside from Tilbury to Southend-on-Sea.

90-year-old novice potter gets first show

90-year-old novice potter gets first show

Colin Anderson, who threw his first pot on his own wheel on his 90th birthday in January, is to have his work shown in an online exhibition.

Freelances left out in cold in spending review

Freelances left out in cold in spending review

Self-employed freelance workers, the backbone of the creative industries, have been ignored in the Spending Review announced today by the Chancellor.

 THE WORD To survive, the arts must tackle inequality of opportunity

THE WORD To survive, the arts must tackle inequality of opportunity

To combat the corrosive effects of racism, exclusion and Covid-19, the cultural sector needs to act now, says Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO of the Foundation for Future London

Hockney portrait returns to Covent Garden

Hockney portrait returns to Covent Garden

The David Hockney portrait of its former general director that was sold last month by the Royal Opera House is going back – courtesy of Covent Garden’s new chairman.

Music PR guru Dvora Lewis dies

Music PR guru Dvora Lewis dies

Dvora Lewis, known as the “godmother of music PRs”, has died of a heart attack, her family has announced.

Kaarina Meyer 1946-2020

Kaarina Meyer 1946-2020

The music manager Kaarina Meyer has died of cancer aged 74 after more than 40 years in the business.

Bloomin' Father Christmas is back

Bloomin' Father Christmas is back

For many the image of Father Christmas is the one drawn for thousands of children by Raymond Briggs for his best-selling books, and now he’s back.

Queen’s masterpieces stripped from palace walls

Queen’s masterpieces stripped from palace walls

Works by Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Canaletto, highlights of the royal collection, have been removed from Buckingham Palace’s Picture Gallery, one of the state rooms, so that it can be refurbished.

Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom to get ‘lifeline’ facelift

Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom to get ‘lifeline’ facelift

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, a mecca for formal dancing, is to get a £764,000 facelift thanks to the government's Culture Recovery Fund.

60% of museums ‘may not survive pandemic’

60% of museums ‘may not survive pandemic’

Almost two-thirds of museums and galleries fear they may not survive the pandemic crisis, according to a new Art Fund survey.

London unveils street art galleries

London unveils street art galleries

For decades host to nests of art galleries, the exclusive districts of Mayfair and Belgravia are to become an outdoor art gallery.

Banned Belarus theatre wins human rights award

Banned Belarus theatre wins human rights award

Belarus Free Theatre, which we highlighted in August as the only national theatre to be banned by its country’s government, has won the Magnitsky Prize for courage under fire.

British Library acquires unknown medieval psalter

British Library acquires unknown medieval psalter

A hitherto unknown copy of the psalms from the 1480s has been acquired by the British Library.

INTERVIEW	Art is changing our workspace

INTERVIEW Art is changing our workspace

Patrick McCrae, chief executive, ARTIQ

£3m race to create Festival UK 2022

£3m race to create Festival UK 2022

More than 500 arts and technology practitioners have been selected as parts of 30 consortia to bid to create the Festival UK* 2022.  

Philanthropy prize morphs to salute art’s community work

Philanthropy prize morphs to salute art’s community work

The Achates Philanthropy Prize, launched five years ago to recognise small and imaginative examples of arts sponsorship, has reformed this year to recognise the work of arts organisation in communities affected by Covid.

Hall sisters in online Tempest

Hall sisters in online Tempest

Two of Sir Peter Hall’s daughters, Jenny and Rebecca, are to join forces for an online reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

MY STORY Online drama that is a cry against homelessness and mental health ignorance

MY STORY Online drama that is a cry against homelessness and mental health ignorance

The actor and writer Nell Hardy is to perform her own powerful and disturbing one-character play, NoMad, which is based on her own experiences of homelessness and psychiatric hospitalisation, in a live stream from Greenwich Theatre on November 27, supported by Tramshed’s Progression Programme of Artist Development.

War memorials listed to mark Armistice anniversary

War memorials listed to mark Armistice anniversary

War memorials across England have been listed to mark the 100th anniversary today of the funeral of the Unknown Warrior in 1920, and the unveiling of the Cenotaph.

THE WORD    Live music doesn’t have to die – just evolve

THE WORD Live music doesn’t have to die – just evolve

Reports of live music’s demise in the pandemic are premature, says Rik Haslam, executive creative partner at the marketing consultancy Brandpie, who on the contrary sees an exciting future for both live pop and classical performance

British Museum’s record-breaking £8.8m grant

British Museum’s record-breaking £8.8m grant

The British Museum has received its biggest ever grant, given to extend its global material knowledge programme.