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:
Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture has worked with The Weaver’s House and Uncommon Creative Studio to find a distinctive colour, dubbed 'Moving Blue'.
Whether its the dye used in the city’s medieval weaving trade, the colour of Coventry City’s shirts or the Blue Ribbon roundabout, Coventry's history runs blue. Coventry’s historic relationship with the colour will be brought to life across the course of this year with 366 properties and objects all being painted this particular shade.
Three Modernist artworks have been gifted to the nation to be displayed at the Hepworth Wakefield, including a Dame Barbara Hepworth sculpture, in February 2020.
The donation was made through the Government’s Cultural Gifts Scheme and included Orpheus (Maquette 1), a sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth dated 1956, Trevarrack a sculpture by Denis Mitchell dated 1961, and Small Cornish Landscape, a painting by William Scott dated circa 1953.
Future Arts Centres and Arts Council England have launched a nationwide local and community arts campaign, 'Here and Now', featuring 40 new projects in art centres across the country in 2020.
'Here and Now' is intended to be most representative large-scale art project ever in England with 45% of projects led by working class artists, 28% from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds and 17% of projects led by artists with disabilities.
Galleries and museums in the UK can now apply to be considered for Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2020, the world's biggest museum prize and the UK's largest art award.
Register for or login to your Art Fund account and apply before 12pm on 13 February 2020. The winning museum or gallery received £100,000 while named finalists each receive £10,000.
FestivalConnect 2020 is now open to festivals in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), allowing festivals to apply for funding from British Council for creative exchange or programming emerging artists from both SSA and the UK.
There are two streams open for applications until 12pm GMT on 5 February 2020.
A pilot Extended Reality (XR) project will give visitors their first chance to see virtually inside Shakespeare’s New Place — 260 years after his grand family home in Stratford-upon-Avon was demolished.
As 2019 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2020, the team at Manchester International Festival are reflecting on a successful year and excited by what’s to come in the new decade.
This year’s festival - the second led by our Artistic Director John McGrath - was the biggest yet, with more than 1,000 ticketed events, ranging from dance, theatre, music and visual arts, to site-specific performance and immersive installations.
Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates. The Grand Prix winners were selected by a jury of experts and the Board of Europa Nostra from among this year’s 25 winning achievements.