Sixteen years after the breakthrough grime album Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal was released, Stormzy headlined Glastonbury Festival 2019 bringing this resolutely British sound to a global audience.
Manchester International Festival will take over the city centre of one of the UK's most creative and inspiring places with a vast programme of the best in UK and international arts, collaboration and curation.
The lineup, which takes place 4-23 July, is a daring selection of diverse works, including world premieres and unique collaborations.
The Royal Exchange, with the aid of the Oglesby Charitable Trust, has developed a new pop-up theatre for Manchester residents to make and share theatre, as well as see Royal Exchange Performances in their own areas.
The Den, created by Haworth Tompkins, will visit areas of Manchester as part of the Royal Exchange's long-running community programme, Local Exchange. The theatre will be constructed and operated by residents in each community becoming its ushers, door staff, technical team and audience.
Up to £3,000 is available for UK musicians and professionals wanting to develop and perform work in Russia for British Council's UK-Russia Year of Music 2019 programme.
The funding is open to "individual musicians and professionals (e.g. composers, conductors, performers, librettists, sound artists, event producers) who have an existing interest in or contact with Russia, and who have a strong project idea that funding would help them to fulfil."
Britain is a dynamic and evolving country with young people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet the children's sector does not always reflect this. We need to ensure young people are represented, recognised and given role models within the sector and that is exactly what Vital Spark hopes to do.
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.
Cameron Mackintosh has donated £1m to a fundraising campaign to complete the new 200-set theatre home of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Peckham.
The new theeatre will open in autumn 2019 and will be named the Cameron Mackintosh Theatre.
Mountview's decision to move from its North London location is seen as a way to increase intake of theatre enthusiasts from more diverse backgrounds. Cameron Mackintosh's donation frees up the school to fundraise for more means-tested bursaries and hardship funds. Half of the school's students already receive means-tested bursaries.
Creative England's annual top 50 list of the most innovative and exciting companies and individuals has been announced for 2019 and includes Culture Diary members Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Creative England makes its choices based on which companies they think will be central to the UK's creative economy in the coming years. Many in the 2019 list were chosen for "fusing creativity with technology to create meaningful solutions to real world problems".