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Popular independent music venue in Bristol set to close

6 March 2017

An iconic Bristol gig venue and pub is shutting down.

The news comes as a big blow to Bristol's music scene with the venue regularly hosting concerts and events.

The Stag and Hounds took to social media to make the disappointing announcement.


Read more at http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/popular-independent-music-venue-in-bristol-set-to-close/story-30183368-detail/story.html#5g8JK5Lj0kX4sJ3k.99

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Drastic arts cuts could devastate the south-west

1 March 2017

It is devastating to hear that both Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset councils are cutting their arts funding so drastically.

As a world heritage site, Bath is fundamentally reliant on grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. By cutting grants to showcase theatre arts, the council has shown itself to be an inadequate and poor caretaker of such a globally significant region, doubtless denying itself increased visitor revenue.

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Parking information for THE SPACE

13 February 2017

Bristol and West General Branch of Equity – Meeting Venue
Address SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0BH See map below – the start marks the spot!
Website http://theislandbristol.com/spaces/space/

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A message from our Branch Secretary

11 February 2017

Greetings,

We are now into the second month of the year and much has been happening.

Firstly, an advance reminder that the next Branch Meeting is on Tuesday 21st February at SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH. We will aim for usual time of 7.30pm, but it may start a bit later due to attending the protest march prior to the meeting (see below). End time 9.30pm.

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Local cuts are a disease turning into an epidemic

8 February 2017

One of the biggest problems with local arts cuts is that they are infectious.

The news of cuts in Bath and Bristol is troubling, not least because it indicates a continuing trend for local councils in the South West of England to completely cut, or significantly reduce, their support for the arts.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2017/the-editors-view-local-cuts-are-a-disease-turning-into-an-epidemic/?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter1

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Campaigners hit out at ‘savage’ cuts to arts in the SW

6 February 2017

Actors including Timothy West and Tony Robinson have hit out at “savage” cuts to arts budgets in the South West, with Equity labelling them “cultural vandalism”.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is proposing a 100% cut to grants it awards to arts organisations, while Bristol City Council has outlined a 40% cut to its arts budget, with £190,000 to be cut in 2018/19 and a further £190,000 cut in 2021.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/campaigners-hit-savage-cuts-arts-south-west/?utm_content=buffer3a9c6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022

14 November 2016

Find out about our draft Corporate Strategy 2017-22 and how to have your say.

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/council-spending-performance/corporate-strategy-2017-2022-consultation

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A letter from "The Room Above"

14 November 2016

Dear Equity Bristol,

We are Olivia and Sam, co-directors of The Room Above. Previously The Wardrobe Theatre, we are running the newly rejuvenated performance space atop The White Bear Pub, and we are finally ready to open our doors to Bristol's vibrant artists.

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BBC falling short on reflecting older women

10 October 2016

BBC falling short on reflecting older women, says Ofcom.

Corporation accused of not doing a good enough job in representing some parts of the community.

Nicola Slawson

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/10/bbc-falling-short-on-reflecting-older-women-says-ofcom?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Groups

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Bottle Yard Studios to benefit from £692k investment boost

6 October 2016

We are pleased to announce that The Bottle Yard Studios will benefit from a £692,000 investment boost from Bristol City Council.

The capital investment, which was approved at the Council’s latest Cabinet meeting on 4 October, will pay for improvements to the site, including new roofs, production offices and IT infrastructure.

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