Future Events

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.

Private Views

The NCF's new book, Private Views: Voices from the Front Line of British Culture, is published later this month.

A reception to celebrate the launch will be held on Wednesday 27th May 2009 at 6.30pm- 8.30pm, at The Ideas Space, Clutha House, 10 Storey's Gate London SW1P 3AY.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to events@newcultureforum.org.uk

Private Views is a collection of seventeen fascinating conversations with NCF director Peter Whittle on the cultural state we're in:

Playwright Richard Bean - The politics of the theatre, self-censorship, and outmoded political labels

Critic Cosmo Landesman - The rise of celebrity culture, and the fall of the critic

Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood - Culture as an antidote to propaganda

Composer James Macmillan - Happy chaos in the musical world

Talk radio host Jon Gaunt - Class and Talk radio in the UK

Sculptor Alexander Stoddart - Stilling the Will

Novelist Lionel Shriver - Anti-Americanism and the difficulty of talking about immigration

Artist Jonathan Yeo - The revival of portraiture and the return of substance

Director Sir Richard Eyre - The UK’s growing cultural apartheid

Editor Daniel Johnson - Cultural threats to the West in the post-Cold War era

Former Arts minister Lord Smith - Government and the arts…and hating Cool Britannia

Comedian Reginald D Hunter - What’s really edgy

Cultural Advisor Munira Mirza - Culture in the capital in the post-Livingstone era

Historian Michael Burleigh - Leaving academic fashion behind- the importance of going public

Broadcaster Dennis Sewell - BBC bias, impartiality and the future of political broadcasting

Playwright James Graham - Political thinking amongst young writers and the cultural dominance of London

Artist Sarah Maple - Giving offence and freedom of expression

The book will be available on Amazon and through the SAU at www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2009-05-13 06:51.

Is Class back?

You are invited to a New Culture Forum discussion, held jointly with the Bow Group, called "Is class back?"

The guest speakers are James Dellingpole, author and Spectator columnist, Peter Whittle, Director of the New Culture Forum, and Dolan Cummings, Research Director at the Institute of Ideas.

The event will take place tonight, Wednesday 17th December 2008 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Bow Group offices at CAN Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2008-12-17 09:09.
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