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100% Bristol cuts threaten long-standing company

9 July 2014

THE STAGE: Bristol theatre company Show of Strength has warned it is under threat of closure following a decision by its local authority to remove its entire annual grant.

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ArtsKey funding for 21 groups will be cut in face of opposition

2 July 2014

BRISTOL POST: Despite an outcry from groups facing cuts, plans to cut funding from 21 arts groups in Bristol will go ahead. A report to mayor George Ferguson's cabinet last night recommended that key arts funding from the council be cut over the next three years to 21 groups who applied for it, including theatre group Show Of Strength, who told Mr Ferguson at the meeting that the cut would force them to close.

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ACE investment: ‘no real change for regional funding imbalance’

2 July 2014

THE STAGE: Arts Council England’s new set of portfolio organisations represents “no demonstrated ambition” to redress the balance of funding between the regions and London, according to the authors of a recent report criticising the capital’s funding bias.

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Arts Council England funding for 20 Bristol organisations

1 July 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: There are now 20 Arts Council England (ACE) national portfolio organisations in Bristol, with public art commissioners Situations and theatre producers MAYK joining the list for the first time alongside St George’s and the Bristol Music Trust, the charity that runs Colston Hall.

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Parts for regional actors reduced to a “cough and a spit”

27 June 2014

THE STAGE: Following the Bristol & West General Branch of Equity's motion to the union's 2009 ARC, Equity's General Secretary, Christine Payne has called for Ofcom to change its definition of what constitutes a “regional production” so that it includes on-screen talent.

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Disney series Galavant filming at Bristol's Bottle Yard studios

19 June 2014

BRISTOL POST: It seems that Hollywood really has arrived in Hengrove after it was confirmed that a major American TV series is to be filmed at a former wine warehouse in the south Bristol suburb. The Bottle Yard, the film studios and complex which is part owned by Bristol City Council, has just landed its biggest and most prestigious project to date.

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B&W Members: Voice Masterclass with David Collins

14 June 2014

A series of workshops over 2 weeks for all levels of vocal work. David is a great teacher, this will prove very valuable to experienced actors and beginners.

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Tolpuddle 20th July 2014: SW Area Branches

13 June 2014

A letter from Graham Padden encouraging the B&W Branch to organise joining the Tolpuddle March 2014 alongside Dorset Branch.

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B&W Branch Area Reps Needed: Glos, Bath, Somerset

13 June 2014

A call out for members living within the B&W area outside of central Bristol to come forward to be an area rep, creating a liaison role to better serve the members in the whole area.

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Save The Fleece from closure

24 May 2014

CHANGE.ORG: An online petition has been launched to save one of the UK's best-loved independent music venues, The Fleece, which faces potential closure if new flat developments are approved.

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