Future Events

Spectator Arts Debate

NCF Research fellow Marc Sidwell, author of our report The Arts Council - Mangaged to Death, will be one of the speakers at the forthcoming Spectator Debate, the motion being It's Time for the Arts to Stop Sponging off the Taypayer

Chaired by Andrew Neil, it is on Wednesday 15 September 2010 at Church House, Westminster SW1 between 6.45pm and 8.30pm.

'The economy is still recovering from deep recession, and government cuts dominate the national debate, so it is time to put the public funding of the arts on trial. Are they an unnecessary indulgence or is it more important than ever that the taxpayer champions culture? This Spectator debate promises to get to the heart of Britain’s love-hate relationship with the public arts in the 21st century.'

Speakers include:

 • Ben Bradshaw MP, Shadow culture spokesman

• Marc Sidwell, Research fellow, New Culture Forum

• Matthew Taylor, Chief executive, RSA

• Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

Tickets priced at £30 (inc VAT)

RESERVE your place by calling The Spectator events team on 0207 961 0044 quoting the reference DEBATE06 or email debate6@pressholdings.com

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Fri, 2010-07-09 11:26.

Ruth Mackenzie

Ruth Mackenzie, who was appointed director of the Cultural Olympiad in January, will be talking to the NCF on Tuesday 6th July.

Further details of the event, which will be held at the NCF offices at 55 Tufton Street, London SW1, will be posted shortly.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2010-05-05 14:41.

NCF Event

You are invited to hear

Pascal Bruckner


author of The Tyranny of Guilt - An Essay in Western Masochism

on Monday 19th April at 6.30pm

at 55 Tufton Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3QL

'With eloquence, relish, and confidence, Pascal Bruckner confronts those whose morbid addiction to self-blame has begun to flirt with the suicidal.'  Christopher Hitchens

RSVP to prwhittle@btinternet.com

'The West has no shortage of reasons for guilt. And, indeed, since the Holocaust and the end of World War II, Europeans in particular have been consumed by remorse. But Pascal Bruckner argues that guilt has now gone too far. It has become a pathology, and even an obstacle to fighting today's atrocities. Bruckner, one of France's leading writers and public intellectuals, argues that obsessive guilt has obscured important realities. The West has no monopoly on evil, and has destroyed monsters as well as created them--leading in the abolition of slavery, renouncing colonialism, building peaceful and prosperous communities, and establishing rules and institutions that are models for the world. The West should be proud--and ready to defend itself and its values.'

Pascal Bruckner is the award-winning author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Bitter Moon, which was made into a film by Roman Polanski. His other books include The Temptation of Innocence and The Tears of the White Man (Free Press) and the novels The Divine Child (Little, Brown) and Evil Angels (Grove).

"In telling the West not to die of guilt, Pascal Bruckner has laid himself open to attack from all those who think it should. But this essential book, subtly argued and scholarly though it is, has a simple formulation at its heart that would be enough by itself to convey the power of his case: the West didn't invent slavery, the West invented its abolition. His ability to focus light on propositions like that makes him one of the indispensable philosophers of our time."--Clive James

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Fri, 2010-04-02 08:37.

NCF Event

You are invited to hear

Martin Amis

in conversation with NCF director Peter Whittle

on Wednesday April 7th at 7pm

at the Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street London WC2N 6EZ

Martin Amis, the UK's premier novelist, will be discussing feminism and the sexual revolution, the themes raised in his latest, critically praised book, The Pregnant Widow.

The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory—or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow.

The talk will be followed by an audience Q and A. Copies of The Pregnant Widow will be on sale.

RSVP to prwhittle@btinternet.com or 0208 854 4514

(nearest tube stations for the RSA are Charing X and Embankment)

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2010-03-17 10:06.
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