Access and diversity in the arts
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community. More information on how to register soon (page will be updated once registrations are live).
With a £1m donation from Netflix, the fund will be administered by The Film and TV Charity with support from the BFI, and will provide emergency short-term relief to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.
Training programme June 2020 to December 2021
The BBC has announced its intention to "keep arts alive in people's homes" through it's regular programming and in collaboration and consultation with cultural organisations and funding bodies like Arts Council England. The activity, named Culture In Quarantine, will use BBC's high-profile platforms including television, radio and online.
British Council is giving advice on how to create using digital tools. These are practical tips on what programmes to use and how best to apply them.
This includes advice on:
- creative writing
- image editing
- video editing
- music editing.
For the full rundown of their advice on tools and applying them to your art, click here.
Image: Nicole Harrington
A number of performing arts organisations, artists and practitioners have conducted live streams, posted recorded shows or are creating new work for the online space. These are available to anyone with an internet connection and the list below represents what the Culture Diary team has found or been notified about. This is an ongoing list.
Find digital and live stream events uploaded to the Culture Diary by date in our Culture From the Couch list here.
Google Art and Culture have virtual tours of around 2,500 museums and their collections from around the world, including the British Museum, ready for you to explore while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discover the collections on offer on Google Arts and Culture here.
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Female pan-African supergroup, Les Amazones D'Afrique, Ghanian highlife stars, Santrofi, and Cameroonian songstress Valerie Ekoume will all take to the Liverpool Sefton Park stage for Africa Oyé 2020 when the festival returns on 20–21 June 2020.
On 11 February 2020, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Lewisham has been awarded the title of London Borough of Culture for 2021 with Croydon winning the accolade for 2023.
Both boroughs will be awarded £1.35m funding to deliver a year-long programme of activities that will place culture at the heart of their communities and celebrate the unique character of local people and places.
Celebrating the artist’s centenary, Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe is the first London exhibition of Cohen’s work since his retrospective nearly 20 years ago. At the Arcade at Bush House, King's College London from the 16 March to 22 May.