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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.

London Assembly seeks resolution of conflict between regeneration and culture

The Assembly's Regeneration Committee’s report, “Creative tensions: Optimising the benefits of culture through regeneration”, responds to the impact of gentrification on the arts and culture, making a number of recommendations to the London Mayor, from collecting better data on artists' workspaces to protection measures for grassroots venues. The committee chair,  Navin Shah, says in his introduction to the report that "Regeneration should be much more than economic development and physical improvements to infrastructure and the public realm".

London Mayor spearheads bid for creative hub in Thames Estuary

Sadiq Khan is calling on the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission to commit to a new centre for the creative industries, aligning London with a national movement to ensure the creative sector remains at the heart of the government’s new industrial strategy as the UK leaves the European Union.

Sadiq Khan calls on government to replace £600m EU funds

The Mayor of London is calling on the government to specify how more than £600m received from the European Union for delivering economic growth across the capital will be replaced in the aftermath of Brexit.

The Mayor chairs the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), which oversees the investment of £600m from the European Structural and Investment Funds into skills, employment and enterprise initiatives across the capital.

Two London heritage projects to explore history of healthcare

The two projects will explore the history of healthcare thanks to nearly £100,000 from the National Lottery, in the build-up to next year’s 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Eastside Community Heritage (ECH) will work with current and retired NHS staff to explore the history of Harold Wood Hospital in London, and the Arts Assassins, South London Gallery’s young people’s forum, will be investigating the history of the Peckham Experiment, a pioneering health movement initiated in south east London 23 years before the foundation of the NHS.

Total Eclipse, Etcetera Theatre, Camden – 24-29 January 2017

A physical comedy devised from conversations and improvisations about bereavement - from Moving Pieces theatre company.

For more information
w: www.movingpieces.co.uk

Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High St, London NW1 7BU
Tickets: £12 (£10 concesssions)
w: www.etceteratheatre.com

 

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