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Can you see beyond the tent?

Originally posted on Regular Marvels:
Nicole & Martin live in a caravan: it may be the least interesting thing about them. People who live settled lives – most of us nowadays – have always regarded those who don’t with a mix of fascination and fear. Life without (apparent) ties is easily romanticised from the comfort…

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Ancient and Modern

Originally posted on The Light Ships:
[gallery type="rectangular" ids="2474,2475,2476"] Medieval visions Wrangle Church is known to architectural historians for its rare 14th century stained glass. Such survivals are unusual in English parish churches because artistic work associated with Roman Catholicism was frowned upon after Henry VIII established a Protestant Church of England, and especially by…

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Below the radar

There’s a lot of interest at the moment in the value of culture and cultural value (not the same thing), both in academic and policy terms, and I’ve touched on it before. Research programmes, initiatives like the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places and political speeches can all enrich the debate about how we understand…


Joining the canon

As tribute records go, La Bande à Renaud, is not bad, but it is a little sad. There is a valedictory air to these restrained, polite versions of songs by one of the dominant figures of French popular music since the 1970s, Renaud Séchan – which is ironic since Renaud himself was neither. In scores…

West Acre Theatre

Extending access in Norfolk

The view from London Last week, Sajid Javid, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport used his first speech on culture to issue an important and justified challenge to the cultural sector on of its record of inclusion. Three days later, his shadow, Harriet Harman made a very similar argument in her…

Mass Bolero

What a cultural moment can mean to a city

Thirty years ago, at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, two young ice skaters from Nottingham won the Ice Dance Gold Medal with a routine created to Ravel’s Bolero. Torvill and Dean won a perfect 6 from every judge. It’s a moment the city has never forgotten, as this video shows. Community, art –  it’s all here.…