Culture News Edition 1
This is a first outing and I don’t want to get stuck doing this every week. Anybody fancy taking on the role on a weekly basis?
The Arts Council England announce further cuts reducing their staff across the UK. The new regions will be London, South West, South East, Midlands and the North and major offices will be located in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, plus some smaller local offices to keep the Arts Council close to the arts and cultural sector. Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins reveals all here. What does this mean for the future of funding and relationships in Yorkshire and the North East? We’d love an opinion piece do get in contact if you’d like to lead on it.
Yesterday, the day before the announcement was made about cuts, the Arts Council launched three major funds, one of which may be relevant if you are an arts fundraiser. Let’s face it you’ll need to get creative in this current climate. I’ve got lots of views on this subject so may yet be found pontificating on the NING group they set up or over here on the peer to peer Leeds Arts Fundraisers Linkedin Group.
Project Space Leeds who move into the old Tetley’s Brewery HQ shortly will benefit from Leeds Rhino’s old mud. The YEP loves to mention the capacious car park in every article… wonder why?
Vik Reeves is lighting up York tomorrow (31st October) as the opening of Illuminate York
The infamous Bradford Odeon has been offered to the City of Bradford by owners HCA for £1. Hurrah. Now what? Well there’s loads of plotting and hatching going on so follow the @BradfordOdeon on Twitter to be kept up to date.
Bradford won Curry Capital of the UK, which city do you think came second?
Whilst on the subject of Bradford we love John Atkinson’s blog for a game of political point scoring of the social media kind. It’s making us smile
I Love West Leeds Festival filled Pudsey Park with little bird boxes of wonder as blogger avec babe Becky Arbor illustrates wonderfully.
Love Arts Leeds capped off a month long festival with an Award Ceremony. We didn’t win but if you check out this link you can find out who did!
Jimmy Savile’s ‘toxic’ legacy continues to have impact, with Royal Armouries International rebranding their conference hall to New Dock Hall (and at a sum of £50k so far)
First West Yorkshire launched their super fast super highway buses on the route between Leeds/Bradford. The number 72 is called Hyperlink. Me and BettyLawless are off to coast the superduper delights in a week or so’s time expect pictures and everything.
100 Buskers hit Briggate last weekend as Leeds Online reports.
Fantastic Leeds based Restaurant and amazing social enterprise Create won the Observer Award for Best Ethical Restaurant in the UK... Go Team Create
We had a conversation about our ongoing plans for cultural dating on Twitter t’other night and Bradford tweeters quick as a flash set up the natty tag #BDnoMates to enable sharing of event opportunities, tickets and so forth. We are working out how we link with or continue with our own shenanigans but we love the speed in which they just got on a did it.
Finally we’ve now got 4g in Leeds and Sheffield. Isn’t that amazing? According to my sources this means we can upload and download much quicker. And clone ourselves. Check out EE which used to be known as Everyday Everywhere…(and before that Orange and…)
Welcome to Yorkshire were in Paris to make the case for Yorkshire bringing a bit of Oh La La a little closer to our fine republic in 2014. How close are we to bringing Le Grand Depart stage here? I’ve mixed feelings as I pledged to learn to ride a unicycle if Yorkshire beat off the competition…
Upcoming stuff that’s caught our eye…
Thought Bubble is internationally acclaimed and they’re back again in November. Don’t have that caption above your head wondering why you missed the festival again this year.
Impressions Gallery in Bradford celebrates 40 years in a super party. Don’t know if it’s invite only, but it definitely includes the opportunity to win a fabulous Martin Parr print. Don’t worry if you’re too late for the invite to the event there are plenty of other opportunities to go mingle
For events in Leeds and Yorkshire check out Leeds Inspired and DIG Yorkshire. Otherwise why not tell us in the comments box below the stuff you think our readers should know about that’s newsworthy? Post your links but beware they will be moderated.