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ACE reports fall in attendance at London visitor attractions

Arts Council England's latest figures suggest that visits to its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) in London declined by 17 million between 2015/16 and 2016/17. ACE says that the closure of the Southbank Centre's Hayward gallery for refurbishment was artly responsible for the fall in visits. Visits in the South West and Midlands also fell, but those in the South East and North of Engand grew, albeit at a lesser rate than the losses reported elsewhere. 

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London Mayor pushes to keep artists in London

Sadiq Khan has called on developers and London boroughs to support the capital’s creative practitioners. The number of spaces available to artists shows signs of stabilising, but this is in the context of a long-term shortage of affordable workspaces, and rising rents in the capital. London’s creative sector contributes £47bn to the UK economy every year and the Mayor has called for developers and boroughs to make it possible for creative practitioners to live and work in London.

New agreement signed between Arts Council England and London Councils

The new Memorandum of Understanding highlights four key principles: an integrated, place-based approach; building capacity and resilience of the arts and culture sector and the creative industries; extending access to arts and culture; and strategic collaboration and advocacy. The focus is on supporting local authorities to work in more creative ways to achieve their goals.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for city development, said

Borough of Culture

The Mayor of London has launched a new scheme designed to showcase culture and creativity in London. Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture Programmes, London Borough of Culture is a £2.5m scheme which will award two winning London Boroughs (2019 and 2020) and will be announced in February 2018.

New London Centre for Music invites concept tenders

The City of London Corporation is inviting tenders for a £12m design contract for a new state-of-the-art Centre for Music on the Museum of London site next to the Barbican. The project is being led by the Barbican, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The government withdrew support last year, but the project was resurrected in January thanks to the funding support from the CLC.

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London number three in world for cultural spending

The £1.6 billion spent on culture in the capital in 2014-15 is only exceeded by Paris and Moscow. Data from the World Cities Culture Finance Report (BOP consulting) also suggests that the London is unusual in receiving most of the country’s cultural spend.

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The Big Half Community Launch event – 17 May 2017

The Big Half is a new festival for local communities in four key London boroughs, engaging with faith groups, community organisations, sports and arts clubs, youth groups and other community based institutions.

Sported and London Marathon Events will bring the Big Half to Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham in March 2018: A major mass participation event that celebrates London’s multi-cultural diversity, brings local communities together to inspire social change, and welcomes all ages and abilities.  

QMUL and ACE in new partnership

In a first for Arts Council England, the two institutions will come together under a new formal agreement to work on creative leadership, global research programmes, and community engagement. The partnership will also create opportunities for cultural and artistic engagement in London’s East End, where the university is based.

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Singing for Better Breathing launch, London – 6 June 2017

1300-1500, 6 June 2017

Launch of the final report and documentary film of the Singing for Better Breathing project.

Royal Festival Hall, Level Five function room

RSVP to Di White, adminstrator, Sidney De Haan Research Centre:

t: 01303 220870

Woolwich secures investment in new creative district

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will invest £31m in transforming a section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront site into a new creative hub, bringing a number of landmark historic buildings back into use. The site will be a key driver in the continued regeneration of Woolwich and the surrounding area. Arts Council England has also committed £270,000 to the scheme through its Cultural Destinations programme.


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