Enquiry sheds light on “engagement gap”

Failure to learn from the past means that new initiatives for engaging young people with the arts look “remarkably similar to what has gone before”.

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Enquiry sheds light on “engagement gap”

Current policy aimed at encouraging young people to engage with the arts places insufficient emphasis on engaging very young children, and needs to focus more on the role of families, parents and carers, according to a new report. Read more

Performing arts contributes £5.4 billion a year to UK economy

The music, performing and visual arts sector, which includes theatre, is now worth £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have revealed. Read more

Schools face 'places breaking point'

The cost of creating places for the 880,000 extra pupils expected in England by 2023 could push schools to breaking point, council leaders warn. Read more

Antigone

Theatre Royal Stratford East are delighted to present Antigone, their new production of the Greek Classic, which aims to inspire creativity and new ways of thinking. Read more

* Student ticket offer: £9 tickets for all weekday matinee and evening performances (Tues - Thurs), plus post show Q&A on 3 March 2015. Take advantage of our schools and colleges group booking offer and get every 10th ticket free.

BBC unveils year-long season of programming dedicated to song and dance

A documentary exploring the work of dance company BalletBoyz is to feature in a year-long season of arts programming on the BBC. Read more

Accelerate Into University

A pioneering mentoring programme developed by Open-City in partnership with University College London and Make Architects to widen access to Built Environment professions. It’s targeted at academically-able London state school students from non-traditional backgrounds and so far, just under 100 students have taken part and benefited from the programme and we are now recruiting for a further 40 students to take part in 2015/16. Read more