ACE and The Language Barrier

panta rei dans lullaby

Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Arts Council England (ACE) the major, if not the only, funding provider for the arts in the UK has launched what they describe as The Cultural Leadership Programme. We would love to tell you all about it, but we can't actually figure out what it is!

Presented in the familiar purple frontage of many ACE documents the 'call for ideas' appears to be some form of initiative to encourage better leadership in the arts. However, the language within the document is so mangled we would helpfully suggest that these characters spend a few days, months or probably years learning good communications skills.

One particularly mind numbing passage reads;

"This programme area will build a clear, long-term plan for leadership skills development in the sector. Through the programme, key areas for investment and development will be scoped out. Pilot initiatives will be tested and long-term funding sought.

Innovation: Building on existing best practice
This programme area will add immediate value to innovative initiatives, building on good practice and seed- funding ideas in development. "

Fauston Carpet, our resident language expert, has explained that the document may well be encouraging suggestions from those in the arts as to how the arts in the UK may work better if the majority of people who were running the arts were not quite so narrow minded, old fashioned and snooty to say nothing of being spectacularly bad at their respective jobs.

The cost of this exercise is put at just under £12Million over the next two years.

If you are in any doubt about this then let's all meet up at the Pop Music Museum and discuss it sometime soon!

Download the document by [ clicking here ]. If you figure out what it all means please let us know at the usual address.

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