Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation
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Kevin Spacey – theatre is more “liberating” than TV

23 August 2013

Kevin Spacey has said that despite his Oscar winning career in film, and his current commitment to making and starring in the second 13-part series of House of Cards for Netflix, he still finds theatre a “more liberating” artistic form.

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2013/08/kevin-spacey-theatre-is-more-liberating-than-tv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kevin-spacey-theatre-is-more-liberating-than-tv&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

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Channel 4 drama New Worlds filming in Bristol

22 August 2013

A Channel 4 drama set in the 1680s is currently filming in Bristol.

New Worlds stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Freya Mavor (Skins, The White Queen), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Joe Dempsie (Southcliffe, Game of Thrones) as young idealists during the Restoration period.

The production is currently based at Redcliffe Wharf (below), and filming has taken place near the Ostrich pub.

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Kevin Spacey calls for more nurturing and development talent

22 August 2013

Kevin Spacey has crticised the arts sector for failing to nurture the next generation of creatives, claiming more should be done to “seek out new talent”.

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2013/08/kevin-spacey-calls-for-more-nurturing-and-development-of-creative-talent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kevin-spacey-calls-for-more-nurturing-and-development-of-creative-talent&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

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Arts face £124m extra local funding cuts

8 August 2013

Local authority support for culture will fall by a further £124 million in 2013/14, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2013/08/arts-face-124m-extra-local-funding-cuts/

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Mark Ravenhill: Austerity 'could be good for arts'

3 August 2013

One of Britain's leading playwrights has said funding cuts could be "a good thing" for the arts because artists would be less "safe and well behaved".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23557033

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Whiteladies Picture House to be taken over by restaurant

25 July 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-23425146

Plans to reopen a derelict Bristol cinema have suffered a setback with a restaurant being given permission to expand into its bar and cellar.

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Half London's small theatres 'insecure about future'

25 July 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23444092

Almost half of London's small theatres feel "insecure" about their financial future and a third fear their venues could be sold, a study has found.

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Mayor George Ferguson is Making Sundays Special

21 June 2013

Mayor George Ferguson is Making Sundays Special from Sunday 23 June.

For one Sunday each month, King Street, Baldwin Street and the Old City will be closed to motor traffic and opened up for people……

Enjoy street games, performers, markets, historic tours or just have a coffee as you relax in a street lounge.

See the city from a new perspective by taking the new cycle loop through Creative Common, where you can see a show and back through Castle Park to have a go at free fitness events.

http://bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/make-sundays-special

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Bristol’s arts and culture praised in Parliament

20 June 2013

Bristol South MP Dawn Primarolo was in the Speaker’s chair yesterday for a debate about arts and the creative industries in the UK in which embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller praised the “refurbished and regenerated” Bristol Old Vic.

See more at: http://www.bristol-culture.com/2013/06/20/bristols-arts-praised-in-parliament/#sthash.RaQj4uMC.dpuf

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Branch meeting with Simon Curtis enjoyed by all

13 November 2012

Details of the November 2012 branch meeting of the West of England Variety branch can be viewed here. PLEASE NOTE AN INVITATION TO SHARE A BRIEF MEETING FOLLOWED BY A SOCIAL HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR US ALL TO GO TO ON MONDAY DECEMBER 10TH AT THE YHA WATERFRONT, BRISTOL. ALL ARE WELCOME. We will be sharing our time with the Bristol and West General branch.

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