Arts and culture bring people together, through sharing perspectives and appealing to wide audiences. There are plenty of UK organisations and events that are actively pushing to include a greater spectrum of people from differing backgrounds and experiences.
All Points East, a music festival taking place over two weekends in East London's Victoria Park, had a stellar second year after its 2018 debut with performances, artist curated shows and community mid-week entertainment from 24 May to 2 March.
All Points East 2019 closed its final day with a headline performance from Bon Iver on Sunday, with more music by John Grant, Mac Demarco, Ezra Furman and Snail Mail.
On 3–5 May, Liverpool's Sound City takes place, once again delivering a cutting edge lineup of contemporary music, as well as a day packed with panel talks and lively discussion. Plus, we will be there too.
Come and see Brad and Cheryl at the Culture Diary on Friday 3 May. Speak to us about registering for and using the Culture Diary, and we'll tell you how we can help you spread your creative and cultural activity far and wide.
Edinburgh International Festival, taking place 2–26 August, has revealed its full 2019 lineup which includes Stephen Fry, LA Philharmonic, Kate Tempest, and the world premiere of Scottish Ballet's The Crucible.
The annual festival covers arts and culture from all over the world, including opera, classical and contemporary music, dance, immersive and traditional theatre.
Highlights of the programme include:
Music strategy consultancy organisation Sound Diplomacy has published its 13-point guide for cities, towns and governments to increase economic, social and cultural growth through music.
Sound Diplomacy states: "The Music Cities Manual further supports a trend emerging around the world - cities are paying more deliberate and intentional attention to their music, culture and night time economies."
It's 13 points are set out as follows:
The Department for International Trade is partnering with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Music Publishers Association (MPA) for the annual LA Sync Licensing Mission, held in the heart of Hollywood, on 10~14 June 2019, and is seeking industry organisations and individuals to join them.
The event supports the growth of UK music exports and includes panels, practical sessions, keynote speeches and an exclusive networking reception hosted by the British Consul General, Michael Howells.
William Fowler, curator of Artists' Moving Image at the British Film Institute, was invited to China to give a series of talks on the BFI/LUX This is Now touring programme. He tells us more about the trip and about the appetite for artists' moving image in China.
The DCMS Committee has published a new report on live music in the UK with key points including the need for further investment and a review of business rates to help struggling venues.
The report gathered evidence from industry professionals and artists including Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Key findings include:
Monitoring of secondary ticket resale sites
The Roundhouse's annual Resident Artists Programme is open for applications, with the aim to develop outstanding emerging artists between 18 and 25 years old in music, performing arts and circus performers.
The residencies include masterclasses, networking, mentoring, and performance opportunities at the Roundhouse and other stages.
- be between the ages of 18 and 25 on 28 May 2019
- apply via the application portal by Monday 15 April (10:00 am)
- be available for the applicable key dates below.