THE WORD Widely read

Arts Council England is spending £151,000 to help public libraries buy e-books and e-audio products to meet  demand during the lockdown, with library membership having gone up 600% in the last month compared with the same period last year. Here Sue Williamson, ACE’s director, libraries, outlines what libraries are doing to help their communities

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Players of the lockdown orchestra bring live performance - from their kitchens and gardens

Forty members of the Orchestra of Opera North have performed a concert from their own Yorkshire homes – conducted from a church in Stockholm.

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MY STORY The am-dram romance lives on

Andrew Foulkes, secretary, Northenden Players

All arts organisations, particularly theatres, are suffering financially through the Covid-19 lockdown, and amateur dramatic societies are no different.

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Will Carling outpaces the Welsh defence at Cardiff Arms Park, 6th February 1993, by Pete Jenkins for the Sunday Telegraph

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Carlos Acosta gets Birmingham dancing

The arrival of international ballet star Carlos Acosta as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet at the beginning of this year has inspired a new dance gala for Birmingham, as Diane Parkes reports

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MY STORY The gifts of the outsiders

Monica Bohm-Duchen, creative director, Insiders/Outsiders Festival

Insiders/Outsiders has been a year-long nationwide festival celebrating the accomplishments of the artists, photographers, writers, architects, designers, actors, film-makers, dancers and musicians who fled Nazi Europe in the 1930s, and how they enriched British culture. Its director is Monica Bohm-Duchen, author of Art and the Second World War (2013) and contributing editor of the companion volume, Insiders/Outsiders; Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture https://www.lundhumphries.com/products/113882).

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Harry Benson and The Getty Party, Sutton Place, Guildford, 5am on 30th June 1960

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TAITMAIL We have to grow up about race to keep the soft power pedal down

Sonia Boyce has been chosen to represent Britain at next year’s Venice Biennale. Boyce is 58 and a lauded member of the art establishment: an OBE, a Royal Academician, a UAL professor. She’s been chosen, not a moment too soon, for her innovative art-making that uses performance, drawing and photography which has been stunning us for 25 years.

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Barbican and Guildhall, making music together

Milton Court is a rare venue combining performance, concert-going and teaching. Simon Tait finds a unique artistic partnership there between an arts centre and its conservatoire neighbour

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AI PROFILE Yellow Earth and British soil

AI PROFILE   Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre

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AI PROFILE Dove Cottage and Wordsworth, the modern man

Michael McGregor, director, Wordsworth Trust/Wordsworth Grasmere

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Punch Line, Brighton, July 1992, by Roger Bamber 

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