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WEEK.jpgIt wouldn't be a week in culture without just a little bit of crazy so welcome to another roundup of the few stories that make the cut.

Yorkshire Puddings

Ok, there is actually only one story this week and it comes in the form of a Storify™

Yorkshire Dance, a National Dance Agency (NDA) based in Leeds, announced the results of their "Respond" project funded by the Arts Council England fronted Digital R&D project.

Several dance projects made proposals then a "public" vote decided who won. The NDA didn't seem to understand that such voting is little more than a test of who has the most Facebook friends.

"Respond" is supposed to be about innovating in the arts using technology. Yorkshire Dance responds by coming up with an idea that they think will get funding, choreographers respond by coming up with ideas that fit the funding profile and then, understandably, get all their friends to vote for it because they need the funding.

It's a classic example of funding leading creative ideas when it should be the other way around.

It remains to be seen if Yorkshire Dance will be interviewed on camera about this latest debacle in the wide world of dance.

Have a nice weekend.

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