The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a report, Culture is Digital, that makes commitments to finding ways of giving culture organisations access to cutting-edge technology and digital skills training.
Science, digital and technology
The British Academy of Television and Film Awards (BAFTA) have announced nominations for their 2018 British Academy Games Awards, nominating 45 games from the past 12 months, with world-renowned British developers Ninja Theory scooping nine nominations for their highly-acclaimed 2017 release Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
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.
March sees UK innovation take centre stage as the Culture Diary, GREAT Britain Campaign, Department for International Trade (DIT), Arts Council England (ACE) and British Underground bring some of our culture and creative industries' leading and pioneering talents to huge international platforms.
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.
The GREAT Britain Campaign and Department for International Trade have revealed the enticing programme for the GREAT Festival of Innovation taking place in Hong Kong on 21–24 March 2018.
2018 will shine a light on the North of England. Liverpool launches a cultural programme marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital of Culture. This is followed by the International Business Festival on 12–28 June. Shortly after, Newcastle-Gateshead hosts the three-month Great Exhibition of the North dedicated to telling the story of Northern England through its art and culture, design and innovation.
You can now explore Waddesdon in virtual reality from the comfort of your own home in high-definition. All you need is a smartphone and a VR headset, such as Google Cardboard.
Perhaps you live too far away to visit, can’t wait until spring when we reopen the main rooms after their winter ‘rest’, or you want to take another look and make sure you haven’t missed any details when you were here. This series of room tours is our first foray into virtual reality, so we are very excited about sharing these immersive experiences with you.
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:
Would your organisation like to display Tim Peake’s spacecraft? The Science Museum Group is running a public competition to find one more host venue for the module that brought the European Space Agency astronaut safely back to Earth on 18 June 2016. The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module was his trip back home after six months on board the International Space Station.