TAITMAIL The day the music died

Was it February 3, 1959, when the headline mourned the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper in a plane crash? Or was it December 31, 2020?

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Lockdown driving new audiences to music – RPO report

More people are enjoying orchestral music as it plays a growing part in everyday life, according to a report being published by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow (January 6), which will help the orchestra remodel itself for new audiences and venues

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The Rainboy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14th June 1986, by Ian Spratt

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MY STORY Unlimited – where disabled artists can climb over the barriers

The Unlimited festival returns in January, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists in a major development by the Southbank Centre, presenting 33 events - almost all free – globally for the first time. “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit both the arts and disabled communities hard” said the Southbank Centre’s Senior Producer, Ruth Hardie, “and I am incredibly impressed with and grateful for the artists who’ve been working hard, in the most challenging of situations, to adapt their work so we can present this festival online. JO VERRENT is Unlimited’s senior producer

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THE WORD How we made sure the show goes on

Since this feature was posted, Tier 4 has been imposed closing the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the show until further notice. However, the production was filmed and from Wednesday can be seen at https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/whats-on/snow-queen-digital-performance

Joanna Read, director/chief executive of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on a year that is ending in triumph – ‘I’m so glad we have taken the (calculated) risk to commit to the show’

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Coventry 2021 sets off early to take on Covid

Coventry’s year as City of Culture has unofficially sprung into action a year early to help the city deal with Covid-19.

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MY STORY How the Festival spirit has been kept alive

Harrogate International Festivals - HIF - is a series of events across the year, from the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival to the Harrogate Music Festival, but this year has seen a complex but well-oiled machine grind almost to a halt thanks to Covid-19. Sharon Canavar has been its chief executive since 2010.

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MY STORY MENA, the creative culture you heard of first today

Kerry Michael is an award-winning theatre director who ran the Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) for 13 years until 2017, and in the following year was made an MBE. During lockdown he has turned his focus to MENA – Middle Eastern and North African arts professionals – and has founded MENA Arts UK – and a campaign, both launched today.

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Wenceslas Square, Prague, 17th November 1989, by Brian Harris

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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

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INTERVIEW Art is changing our workspace

Patrick McCrae, chief executive, ARTIQ

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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.

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