The Wales Arts Review is set to launch digital arts festival this weekend, starting Friday March 27th to Sunday 29th, to raise emergency funds for artists and freelancers who have had their income impacted by efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19. The festival will be kicked off with a timely reading by Owen Sheers from his NHS video poem for BBC television.
Read our March 2020 newsletter, headlined by the Culture Diary's sponsorship of the opening reception for the British Music Embassy, the UK government presence at SXSW 2020. It includes details of RSVP for any cultural organisations attending the festival and our programming of artist Anna Ridler's AI visual art installation.
This is in addition to our usual selection of industry news, and welcomes to our latest registered organisations.
SXSW in Austin, Texas – taking place 13–22 March 2020 – hosts an annual UK government presence where we showcase British companies and creativity under the festival's Interactive banner. With trade stands in the Austin Convention Center and activity at the British Music Embassy (BME) venue – including immersive tech, AI and visual art as well as a handpicked selection of new UK bands – the Government showcases some of the best of British at SXSW.
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.
Julie's Bicycle and Artsadmin are asking for expressions of interest in being part of their Season for Change 2020, a major nationwide festival of artistic work to inspire positive action on climate change. The aim is to bring over 250 organisations together for a programme of UK activity June–December 2020. This is in response to the announcement that the UK will hold the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference on 9–19 November in Glasgow.
Kuwait Calling is a trailblazing collaboration between the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), a cultural powerhouse in the Arabian Gulf region, and London-based 59 Productions’ team of Tony and Olivier Award-winning creatives (Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, David Bowie is, War Horse), featuring dancers from Rambert, one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies.
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Sound City+, the annual music conference that opens Liverpool Sound City every year, has announced its panel speakers for 1 May 2020.
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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: