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
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’
Coventry’s year as City of Culture has unofficially sprung into action a year early to help the city deal with Covid-19.
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.
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.
Wenceslas Square, Prague, 17th November 1989, by Brian Harris
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
Patrick McCrae, chief executive, ARTIQ
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.
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
The Prison of Technology, 26th December 2019, by Rafael Schmall
An exhausted Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, chief executive of Kneehigh Theatre, is leading the company through the pandemic crisis to the achievement of changes that were already needed before lockdown