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Some fo you may or may not know that we have a new Culture Secretary and her name is Maria Miller. Charlotte Higgins from the Guardian was curious to know just exactly who she had met up with from the arts world in her strenuous endeavours to get to know the culture sector a little better, or not as the case may be. As it turns out the Department of Culture Media and Sport were non too keen to let that information out of the bag.
NYDC Gets Real
The National Youth Dance Company, announced some time ago, is starting to spin up to speed with the announcement of a series of "experience workshops" across the country. Across the country that is if you exclude Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The company will be based out of Sadler's Wells in London but none of their 400 press officers was around today to explain why they won't cross any borders.
One good thing, other than the huge amount funding this project has, is the first Artistic Director will be Jasmin Vardimon.
Alan Davey, the CEO of Arts Council England, took the the interwebs for a "live" chat of pre-screened questions and even more pre-screened, pre-typed, pre-canned answers. The questions were coming in from folks on Twitter and Facebook and the planet Mars for all we know. As with all of these things the resulting Q&A was utterly banal in every respect. ACE ignored our request for a photo of the inert CEO sitting in front of a computer with the day's paper next to him as proof that he was actually there.
The most entertaining thing of the whole affair was our own EvilImp™ live tweeting the whole thing as it happend. A sample of which is below.
question: we really need to tick the diversity box, so next question is about diversity #acelivechat— Article19 (@Article19) November 28, 2012
Infinite Universe of Money
The DCMS became an unintentional laughing stock when they released a report penned by ACE employee Peter Phillips claiming that philanthropic support for the arts was an "infinite" resource. The report itself was nothing you haven't read before if you hate yourself enough to read such things but the bending of the time/space continuum was very funny.
Our very own EvilImp™ took to the typing contraption we gave him to hammer out a few words.
A while back we penned a piece about the ridiculous sexism that runs rampant through the dance profession especially at the larger institutions like The Royal Ballet. For that piece we asked Wayne McGregor to comment, he declined to do so. Now we know why. In a review of his company's work performed at, funnily enough, The Royal Opera House we were not at all surprised to learn that out of the three choreographers chosen to present work, none of them were female. Guess there's not enough female talent in Random Dance [Company] either.
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