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Let the good times roll with our weekly roundup of some, all or none of the arts news this week that you may or may not find particularly useful in the day to day melee of dance.
Vaizy The Vague
The power of the internet allows us mere minions to see the interactions between the almighty politicians and the burning questions they ask of one another. Dan Jarvis MP (Labour) asked culture minister Ed Vaizy (stop laughing at the back) if the DCMS had set any targets for philanthropic giving to the arts over the next five years. Mr Vaizy responded along the lines, "yeah, nice question, whatever dude!" Or words to that effect.
Go Go Germany
The German government decided, this week, to boost their own cultural economy with an 8% increase in their overall arts budget. This takes their annual spend on the arts to a mind melting €1.3Billion (£1.05Billion). More interesting than that was the reason given, the German Minister of Culture, said that the funding for the arts is not a "grant, but it is an essential investment in the future of our society."
If that doesn't make you weep German investment in the arts still falls far short of the French who spend €2.4Billion (£1.9Billion) on their cultural sector.
Kicked To The Kerb
Up in "bonnie" Scotland the arts are still going through a bit of an upheaval after the mess they made turning the Scottish Arts Council into Creative Scotland. The citizens revolted after all funding was made "year on year" (like Grants for the Arts) along with a lot of other things that were not nearly as interesting. Chief Executive Andrew Dixon, who used to work for ACE back in the day,
was shown the door resigned of his own accord before claymores were brandished and mad Scottish people started yelling something about "freedom".
"Arts Leaders" are banding together to form some sort of Avengers type group to advocate for the arts. According to The Standard, the people involved in this are "important". These people are calling for "new kinds of campaigning, advocacy and collaboration" and you know what that means? Yes dear readers, they're going to have a conference. So that's all sorted then.
Last week we had the Culture Secretary Maria Miller calling the folks in the arts a bunch of cry babies or something. This followed the folks in the arts calling Ms Miller a completely useless git, or something. Well not to be outdone the arts fired back at the "cry baby" slap fest with a stinging retort about "finding a common cause". As knife fights go that's a bit lame but it did come from Nicholas Hytner, the AD of the National Theatre, so what else do you expect?