Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. It is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses.
A UK music industry trade mission to Beijing, run by the Department for International Trade, is scheduled to take place on 10–15 April.
Partnering with the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the week-long DIT mission will allow for exploring opportunities and to grow UK music's presence in China. Interested parties should download the application form. Deadline is 16 March.
The Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event in England in 2018, has revealed the core of its extensive 3-month programme with NewcastleGateshead coming alive with storytelling charting the arts and design, culture and innovation of the North of England on 22 June–9 September 2018.
Music Venue Trust (MVT) has launched its public-facing fundraising arm Fightback which is looking to raise £100,000 from over 100 events in 2018 across the UK.
Fightback will invite the 360 members of MVT's Music Venue Alliance to organise live music events in support of the charity's work. The money riased will support MVT's Emergency Response service which directly intervenes to tackle threats of closure. In 2017, this service halted closures of 41 grassroots music venues.
English National Opera (ENO) has announced their casts for their 2018 ENO Studio Live productions, Acis and Galatea and Paul Bunyan. ENO Studio Live forms part of ENO Outside which takes ENO’s work to arts-engaged audiences that may not have considered opera before, presenting the immense power of opera in more intimate studio and theatre environments.
Gauhar Jaan - The Datia Incident
10 - 29 April, Omnibus Theatre
Tarun Jasani's new play is a historical re-imagining, inspired by the real-life experiences of Gauhar Jaan, one of India's most renowned singing and dancing sensations. The story, interwoven with scandal, intrigue and invention, follows the journey of engineer Fredrick Gaisberg as he makes his way across India to record her beautiful voice.
London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has announced its 2018/19 season starting on 16 September 2018 with a new British commission presented by Sir Simon Rattle from composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle under the title New Music Britain.
More details on the season include:
Collating for the first time some of the most recognisable and wearable designs of the last century, T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion provides a unique insight into the historical and cultural influence of the most ubiquitous, affordable and popular garment of the last 100 years.
Liverpool has announced the first round of cultural activity taking place in 2018 for their celebration of ten years since the city was made European Capital of Culture.
Ahead of the official launch of the first half of the programme on 11 January 2018, a number of high-profile events and four artistic seasons have been revealed. These include:
Official statistics released on 30 November 2017 reveal that the UK Creative Industries added £91.8 billion to the country's economy in 2016, around £10.5m per hour. The contribution of the sector rose by 7.6 per cent, twice the average growth across the economy by Gross Added Value, and now make up 5.3% of the UK economy.
In six years, the Creative Industries subsectors have increased their economic contribution by 44.8 per cent. The highest growth areas included: