Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella performed by the award-winning New Adventures company is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War that returned in 2017 with its major UK tour and is now touring internationally until March 2019. During Christmas 2017, the show was filmed and aired by the BBC before it hit cinemas worldwide in February 2018.
A 1000-seat auditorium dedicated to classical music is to open in Edinburgh, over 100 years since the last purpose-built music venue in Edinburgh opened its doors.
The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT) is leading on the project, called the IMPACT Centre, which includes a 200-seat rehearsal and performance studio.
Sir Ewan Brown, Chair of IMPACT Scotland said:
The GREAT Britain Campaign is supporting Hay Festival in Segovia – the biggest literature event in Spain – which takes place 20–23 September 2018. It will highlight the two country's shared love of literature and promote partnerships between British and Spanish creative industries.
The activity is part of a wider campaign across Europe which aims to shine a light on the UK’s strengths and partnerships to European audiences.
British authors and artists taking part in the festival programme include:
November 4th this year marks the centenary of the day that Shropshire poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, fell in battle in 1918, the last year of the First World War. This important anniversary will be marked in his home county by a series of events over the last 100 days from 4th August to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. Details can be found in the brochure (see link) together with ideas of related places that can be visited during the period.
With Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close for another year, British Council is reminding artists with exceptional new productions to apply to be part of the next Edinburgh Showcase – taking place 19-24 August 2019.
British Council's biennial platform puts on the best of contemporary UK theatre, dance and live art at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals. If you are a UK-based artist or organisation, visit the Edinburgh Showcase website to apply.
A four-year international programme for disabled performing artists, with funding of €4 million, has been established to support their work in Europe. Led by British Council, Europe Beyond Access includes a €2m grant from Creative Europe, and will include six other main partners across the continent.
We welcome approval of The Factory, the flagship cultural venue being built in Manchester, which will be a uniquely flexible space for a variety of arts activity and a permanent home for Manchester International Festival (MIF).
We are also delighted to announce that John McGrath, CEO and Artistic Director of MIF, will be speaking at Theatres Trust’s annual conference on 16th October. John will provide an overview of the biennial event, which next takes place in July 2019, and give delegates an introduction to The Factory.
Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan said:
Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive will take place on Tuesday 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, exploring how changing artistic, business and operating models in the theatre sector are impacting on how we build, adapt and run theatres.
Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakout sessions, the conference will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in renewal of our theatre infrastructure.
The British government has introduced the agent of change principle, meant to help safeguard music venues, in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which has now come into force in England.
The campaigning group, UK Music, has urged local authorities to formally adopt the 'agent of change' principle which means that housing developers building new homes near UK venues are responisble for addressing noise issues.