Totally Thames is an annual season of 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 Thames Festival Trust, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses to bring the river to life every September.
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:
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:
British Council is offering bursaries for minority ethnic artists and producers to attend IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), a network for the contemporary performing arts, from 30 April–3 May 2020. It will take place in Tromsø, Norway.
Bury is the receipient of the first Town of Culture designation, created by Greater Manchester Mayor Anyd Burnham based on the UK City of Culture concept he implemented in his time as Culture Secretary.
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:
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.