Arts policy

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Reading and Leeds festival set to go ahead this year in boost for live music
Organisers say young people are desperate for freedom – but admit they haven’t yet been able to get insurance

Alexandra Topping

24, Feb, 2021 @7:48 PM

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Freddie Opoku-Addaie: 'Dance festivals capture the imagination'
The new artistic director of Dance Umbrella is the first black artist to hold the post. He plans to call time on tick-box diversity – and use the pandemic to remodel his industry

Lyndsey Winship

18, Feb, 2021 @11:07 AM

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Get creative to help artists through pandemic | Letters
Letters: David Cockayne points to how other European countries are supporting workers in the performing arts, while Joe Hallgarten suggests a plan to help children who are isolated through art


09, Feb, 2021 @6:12 PM

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James Graham reveals Covid crisis accelerated Elton John musical collaboration
Writer says singer’s cancelled farewell tour resulted in ‘real progress’ on stage project

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

31, Dec, 2020 @1:12 PM

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Arts bailout delay leaves jobs at risk in UK and theatres on brink of ruin
‘Complexity and volume of applications’ stalls hand-out of £1.57bn pledged in July

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

04, Oct, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Rishi Sunak's winter economy plan will silence the UK music scene
The successor to the furlough scheme is not fit for a sector still unable to open its doors due to social distancing and curfews – it needs targeted support now

Ed Barker

25, Sep, 2020 @3:30 PM

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The Guardian view on culture policy: yet another shambles | Editorial
Editorial: While arts organisations invent ingenious new ways to work, the government’s only creativity is in finding novel means of spreading chaos


19, Aug, 2020 @5:41 PM

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UK 'risks exodus of talent' from creative sector due to coronavirus
Warning venues will struggle despite restrictions easing amid calls for more government support

Kate Proctor Political correspondent

19, Aug, 2020 @3:16 PM

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Cameron Mackintosh's theatre firms to make more than 850 people redundant
Union Bectu said 185 jobs will go at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and 669 at Delfont Mackintosh

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

17, Aug, 2020 @6:33 PM

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Giant elephants and Hull naked: we can't let Covid kill off mass cultural gatherings
From the Olympics opening to a three-storey elephant and Hull unclothed, mass events have blown standard notions of art away. The UK government admits the health risks are low – so why won’t it back them?

Helen Marriage

17, Aug, 2020 @10:58 AM

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Cameron Mackintosh makes about 200 UK theatre staff redundant
Les Misérables producer latest to announce job losses as industry struggles to weather Covid-19

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

16, Aug, 2020 @3:05 PM

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The Guardian view on arts in a pandemic: harness their power | Editorial
Editorial: The situation for cultural organisations and artists is dire, and yet they have the skills and the appetite to help Britain heal


09, Aug, 2020 @5:25 PM

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