Future Events

Forthcoming Event: Denmark After the Cartoons

An NCF discussion about the longer-term effects of the 2005 Muhammad cartoons affair on freedom of speech and the cultural and political life of Denmark will take place on Tuesday October 20th.

The guest speakers will be Helle Merete Brix and Farshad Kholghi.

Helle Merete Brix is a journalist, author, lecturer and the editor of Sappho.dk, the magazine of the Free Press Society. She is one of Denmark’s most well-known and controversial writers and commentators on the issues of free speech and radical islam.

Farshad Kholghi is one of Denmark's most popular commentators and actors. Born in Iran in 1971 to a Bahai family, he left in 1983 and has lived in Denmark ever since. He writes and lectures on subjects such as islamism, free speech and integration and is known for his zero-tolerance towards religious fanatism.

Further details about the event will be posted soon.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Thu, 2009-09-10 05:16.

Autumn events

Their are a number of NCF events coming up to look forward to once we've got through the rain-drenched dog days of August.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Julian Fellowes (right) will be our special guest at an event in the autumn. Julian wrote Gosford Park of course, and his most recent picture was The Young Victoria.

There will also be panel discussions on liberal education, in conjunction with Marc Sidwell's new book The School of Freedom, and the position of science in modern society, with the author and BBC broadcaster Dennis Sewell.

Details will be posted nearer the time.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2009-07-29 07:35.

Forthcoming Event : The Arts Council - Managed to Death?

You are invited to attend the launch of the New Culture Forum's new report The Arts Council - Managed to Death, by Marc Sidwell

Monday 29th June, at 7pm

The Grimmond Committee Room, Portcullis House, Westminster SW1 (next to Westminster Tube)

The following guest speakers will be taking part in a panel discussion:

Ed Vaizey - Shadow Minister for the Arts

Nick Starr - Executive Director of the National Theatre

Marc Sidwell - Research Fellow, The New Culture Forum

Colin Tweedy - Chief Executive, Arts & Business

Matthew Elliott - Chief Executive, The Taxpayers Alliance

The discussion will be moderated by Peter Whittle, NCF Director

 Thanks to the changes it has undergone in recent years, the Arts Council has become increasingly wasteful of taxpayers' money and increasingly unpopular with the arts establishment itself, even as its budgets have remained high. Administrative costs have risen; PR expenditure is exceptionally high; and arts expertise has been lost in favour of managerialism.

Is it not time, not for more piecemeal reform, but to abolish the Arts Council and start again, building a new settlement for the arts in Britain that takes account of the new realities of funding levels, and the existence of a department of state with responsibility for culture?

RSVP to events@newcultureforum.org.uk

We hope you can join us 

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2009-06-10 20:36.

June Dates

The NCF will be holding a panel discussion about the future of arts funding in Britain on Monday 29th June. The event will be at Portcullis House in Westminster, and the panelists will include Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for the Arts (right), Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers Alliance, and NCF Research Fellow Marc Sidwell.

Also, a reminder that the week before, on Wednesday 24th June, the Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt, will be speaking at the NCF on Britain's heritage, also at Portcullis House. 

Precise details of both events will be posted nearer the time.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Tue, 2009-05-19 07:47.
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