The British Council has announced recipients of the Digital Collaboration Fund, supporting UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.
Culture from the Couch
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.
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.
National Theatre has launched a new subscription service giving members access to a select number of its recorded live performances, with new plays added each month.
The first set of plays available to subscribers from 1 December 2020 are:
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.
Peer to Peer: UK/HK is a digital programme and platform encouraging meaningful cultural exchange and forging enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong’s visual arts sectors. The programme is supported by funding from the GREAT Britain Campaign via the Culture Diary and Arts Council England.
The programme launches with an online festival of international exchange and collaboration taking place 11-14 November 2020. Register to join the online sessions here.
An additional £151 million has been given to arts and culture organisations across England, adding to the £257 million earlier in October, coming from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Read a full list of recipients here.
Communities of shielding care home residents across the UK will unite in isolation on Remembrance Sunday (8th November), to pay tribute to Dame Vera Lynn by taking part in a mass sing-a-long hosted by registered charity Shapeshifter Productions.
The event will be hosted virtually and has been organised in partnership with Decca Records.