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What does 2020 hold for you? We at the Culture Diary, embedded within the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, are gearing up for a year of cultural activity and huge UK campaigns including:
Martin Green CBE, former Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will curate, manage, and promote a UK-wide festival in 2022.
The major nationwide festival, backed by £120 million funding from government, was first announced in 2018. As a UK-wide celebration of the country's creativity and innovation, the festival will be designed in collaboration with the devolved administrations to showcase the best of our art, culture, heritage, design and technology sectors.
Lucy McCormick, Jess Thom and Selina Thompson on line-up for Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in New York this month, supported by Arts Council England and Manchester International Festival.
As Brent begins its year as London Borough of Culture in 2020, seven boroughs from across the capital have been invited to City Hall to present their bid to be the next London Borough of Culture for 2021 and 2023.
The boroughs being asked to bid are:
Music tourism adds £92 million to the Sheffield City Region economy each year according to a UK Music report published on 29 December 2019.
In 2018, following the creation of the Sheffield City Region Music Board, UK Music were asked to produce an independent report into the music sector across the region. The aim of the report was to understand the music industry as it is now and identify areas in which the region can drive forward change and grow the music sector.
The report details five recommendations that the music board could take forward:
FestivalConnect 2020 is now open to festivals in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), allowing festivals to apply for funding from British Council for creative exchange or programming emerging artists from both SSA and the UK.
There are two streams open for applications until 12pm GMT on 5 February 2020.
The Department for International Trade will be at SXSW to celebrate the convergence of the interactive and music industries.
DIT is leading the UK Government’s presence at SXSW 2020 with a UK trade stand. The official SXSW venue, the British Music Embassy, will be in a dynamic new venue - Cedar Street Courtyard.
The trade stand and BME will offer the perfect opportunity to engage with buyers, hold one-on-one meetings, showcase your innovations, put on your events and receptions, and present your brand with impact at SXSW.
Hay Festival will construct a pop-up theatre space for their 2020 edition (1–31 May) as part of a new partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe.
The pop-up venue will be located on the festival’s site in Hay-on-Wye, with a rough seating capacity of 350. Globe on Tour will perform a trio of plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and The Tempest.
As 2019 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2020, the team at Manchester International Festival are reflecting on a successful year and excited by what’s to come in the new decade.
This year’s festival - the second led by our Artistic Director John McGrath - was the biggest yet, with more than 1,000 ticketed events, ranging from dance, theatre, music and visual arts, to site-specific performance and immersive installations.