‘Devolve arts funding to local councils to help Covid recovery’ – report

The government should devolve arts funding to local authorities to help England recover from Covid-19.

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Remember the 3m you forgot, Chancellor!

A video choir of more than 100 singers representing the three million believed to have been left out of the government’s lockdown safeguard funding has released a song via Facebook directed at Chancellor Rishi Sunak. 

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Scarborough goes live at the SJT - including panto

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is reopening with an autumn and winter live programme.

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Belarus: ‘Our weapons are ourselves’

Last week we published an exclusive article by the writer and actor Nichola McAuliffe about the Belarusian government’s treatment of its own national theatre, the Janka Kupal, where a play of hers had been produced. The government-appointed general director came out in support of the demonstrators against the disputed presidential election results and, she reported, was summarily sacked. The theatre’s personal all came out in his support, and now they have found their own voice, their own demands and their own plea to theatre communities and media outlets around the world for their support.

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Kapoor’s ‘Glow for Maggie’

The sculptor Anish Kapoor has created a a new print in hopes of raising £750,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.

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ACE adds £2m to help freelance musicians and theatre artists

Arts Council England has given £2m to the Theatre Artists Fund (TAF) and Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding programme, set up specifically to help freelancers during the Covid-19 crisis.

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RSC - no live theatre till 2021

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced today that its theatres in Stratford-on-Avon and London will not reopen before 2021 because of the Covid-19 crisis.

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‘Libraries coming to aid of jobless’ – ACE

Local libraries are coming to the aid of those seeking work during the Covid-19 crisis, according to new figures from Arts Council England.

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BM removes founder’s bust because of slavery connections

The British Museum has removed the bust of its founder Sir Hans Sloane from its prominent place in the main entrance because of his connections to slavery.

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Covid pain becomes a museum matter

The experiences of Covid-19 patients are to be the subject of a special exhibition, based on oral testimony.

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