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.
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.
A behind the scenes look at how over 100 students helped bring this year's light and sound show to life.
Waddesdon Imaginarium celebrates the art, objects, gardens and history of Waddesdon, with roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks and fluttering clouds of butterflies projected onto the House, accompanied by a series of original soundtracks.
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:
Great Exhibition of the North 2018 and Northern Powerhouse have launched a photography competition for people to capture the essence of Nothern culture, art, design, innovation, cityscape and landscape.
Prizes include a trip for family of four to NewcastleGateshead, a two-night stay at Jesmond Dene House and travle with Virgin Trains during the Great Exhibiton of the North plus spending money and £500 of art supplies for schools. The competition closes on 31 December 2017.
An unusual North American joins the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery’s collections. Underweight but with no sign of predation, a sora rail (Porzana carolina) was found on RSPB’s Exminster Marsh on a cold morning in October 2016. The little bird was dead: a sad end for the second recorded sora rail to visit Devon. It is 20th recorded sighting for the UK.
Finding the sora rail
Almost 2.7 million tickets were sold at Edinburgh Fringe on its 70th anniversary throughout August 2017, a record level of takings for the fifth year in a row. In addition, almost 700 free or non-ticketed events took place as part of the official Fringe programme which boasted 3,400 productions.
There was an increase of almost 9% on the previous year's ticket sales, with 1.5 million of the total raised by the core venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – while the smaller venues also echoed the rise in sales.
Renowned Chilean architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini will design a new temporary outdoor structure for Hull during the City of Culture 2017 celebrations entitled A Hall for Hull.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 commissioned the piece – to be installed in Trinity Square on 1 October 2017 – over 17 other submissions as part of the 'Look Up' public art installation programme. Trinity Square has already seen improvements from a £25 million public realm programme launched by Hull City Council.
Arts on the Waterway encourages talented artists and producers to slow down, reflect and present great art across the waterways cared for by the Canal & River Trust.