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.
All Points East, a music festival taking place over two weekends in East London's Victoria Park, had a stellar second year after its 2018 debut with performances, artist curated shows and community mid-week entertainment from 24 May to 2 March.
All Points East 2019 closed its final day with a headline performance from Bon Iver on Sunday, with more music by John Grant, Mac Demarco, Ezra Furman and Snail Mail.
The Trampery is working with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to provide creative workspace for new designer womenswear businesses at their Hackney Wick Fish Island Village location.
The BFC's annual NEWGEN programme provides finance, support and showcasing opportunities to emerging talent and helps to build future high-end fashion businesses.
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".
Crafts Council, the national develoopment agency for contemporary crafts in the UK, has created the International Export Toolkit using funding from the Department for International Trade.
The toolkit includes information on logistics, a 'how-to' guide, international events, case studies, and top tips from industry advisors and makers.
Read and download the International Export Toolkit:
Following the extensive Liverpool 2018 programme, celebrating ten years since being named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and suupported by the Culture Diary and the GREAT Britain Campaign, organiser Culture Liverpool has been named the UK's top events organiser at the prestigious Global Eventex Awards.
Eventex published its All-Stars Index on 15 May 2019, featuring a ranking of 30 organisations based on their performance in crafting effective, innovative events over the past three years. Read the full index here.
The 17th annual London Design Festival takes place 14–22 September 2019 at V&A where curated collections of displays and installations and the Global Design Forum will showcase innovative, breathtaking British design. Various locations in the city will also play host to signature projects.
Design Districts, Landmark Projects, Festival Commissions and other special projects are the key attractions throught the city and this year's are:
Hull City Council has revealed £27.5m plans to renovate the 2017 UK City of Culture's maritime attractions.
The plan includes:
- The Maritime Museum
- North End Shipyard
- Arctic Corsair
- Spurn Lightship
- Dock Office Chambers
- Creation of a new maritime route from Queen Victoria Square to the River Hull.
Hull City Council expects the revamp to bring in 300,000 visitors and generate £2.9m in income. The council is set to invest £10m and has applied for a £15m National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant.
The Mayor of London is investing an additional £20,000 into the Culture Seeds programme for community-led projects with an African focus.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the official launch of Africa In London, a summer of cultural activity including new and established events around African culture in the capital.
VisitBritain has opened funding applications dedicated to the development of international business events in the UK for its fourth year in a row.
In 2018, the Business Events Growth Programme (formerly the Event Support Programme) awarded £173,000 to new and existing events, increasing international delegate attendance and profile to help support UK destinations and venues.
Funding is open to applications from convention bureaus, destination management organisations or event venues and organisers including universities and associations.