The British Council has announced recipients of the Digital Collaboration Fund, supporting UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.
After last year's online world-class ballet lessons with Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Principal Dancer, English National Ballet has launched a subscription service for on demand video classes for all skill levels. BalletActive is an additional service to ENB at Home which already offered full-length recordings of classic ballet performances for rent, including 'Akram Khan's Giselle' and 'Dust'. Learn more here.
Arts Council England, BFI, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England will accept applications for a second round of the Culture Recovery Fund in January 2021. With over £300 million in grants to be distributed for the period April to June 2021, these will be available to organisations to transition to full reopening within that time.
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The UK/Italy Season - the British Council’s first digital-led Season of Culture - took place 17 September - 30 November 2020. Supported by the British Embassy in Rome, it comprised over 50 virtual events spanning dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.
The Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund surpasses £1 billion milestone, supporting more than 75,000 jobs, with remaining £400 million on the way as plans for a further round of support announced.
£60 million in capital funding has been awarded for ongoing construction and maintenance with 75% awarded to organisations outside of London.
Southbank Centre has revealed the first digital Unlimited festival programme accessible to a global audience, featuring dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that celebrates the artistic vision of disabled artists over five days on 13-17 January 2021.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), in partnership with King’s College London, has created a new award that celebrates the civic role of arts organisations in society. Offering one award of £100,000 and two of £25,000, the Award for Civic Arts Organisations aims to shine a spotlight on the vital role that arts organisations play in society. Its longlist is published on 4 December 2020.
Creative Industries Federation (CIF) and Creative England (CE) have given their members on-demand access to its first online festival for the creative industries.
On 9-11 November 2020, Creative Coalition 2020 streamed live to over 5,000 attendees who, over three days, tuned in to some of the UK’s finest creators, makers, leaders and innovators taking part in inspiring talks, panels, live performances, practical workshops and networking events.
BBC Arts has announced a new commissioning strand of Culture in Quarantine as part of the BBC's season celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.
D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled professional artists are being invited to apply to produce new video or audio works. The fund aims to commission ten new works, with support from digital production specialists.