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Tate’s Great Year – Good News for the WHOLE of the UK

Ed Vaizey MP
, September 19, 2014 — Culture
Great news from Tate this week.  The Matisse show at Tate Modern welcomed 562,622 visitors during its short stay this year, comfortably becoming not only their most successful temporary exhibition ever, but also the first one to top half a million visits.  Congratulations to them and if you, like me, were one of that number…

Craft and innovation

Hot on the heels of the Crafts Council’s Innovation Programme launch Annie Warburton, Crafts Council Creative Programmes Director, explains how the initiative will drive collaborative innovation and creativity. Robotics, neuroscience, motor racing and pure mathematics are not fields you might immediately link with contemporary craft. Yet all featured at Monday night’s launch of the Crafts…

FA Skills programme hits 6 million mark

Sir Trevor Brooking
, September 16, 2014 — Sport
I was delighted to join the Secretary of State Sajid Javid and his counterpart at the Department for Education Nicky Morgan in New Palace Yard last week to celebrate the landmark six millionth place on the FA Skills programme. FA Skills is a football coaching programme that takes place both in and out of school…

Celebrating our wonderful culture

Loyd Grossman
, September 11, 2014 — Culture
Twenty years. It’s a long time to keep an annual event running, to keep enthusiasm levels and public interest up. Not even Glastonbury happens every year. But Heritage Open Days – the biggest festival of history in the UK – has taken place on the second week of September every year since 1994. Quietly at…

Friedensdorf peace walk

Michael Bates
, September 10, 2014 — First World War
Day 22 of my #walk4peace started in Mons with a plan to walk about 27 miles along one road to Charleroi. Unfortunately I was late leaving my hotel, which I always dread as this means walking the final hour or two of my walk in the dark. Heading out of Mons I soon arrived at…

Great North Run – millionth runner

Helen Grant MP
, September 5, 2014 — Sport
In the 33 years since it first took place, The Great North Run has become one of the major fixtures in Britain’s incredible annual sporting calendar. A mass participation event that brings thousands of runners back every year and, thanks to the inspirational coverage provided by the BBC, encourages thousands more new entrants to join…

Tackling long walks like a pro

One question that is regularly asked when I set myself these challenges is what qualities are needed to tackle such walks? Now some way into my #walk4peace I’ve certainly had the chance to reflect on the qualities needed and thought I would share some of them with you. The first, in my opinion, is purpose.…

Getting more women into sport – the tide is turning

Helen Grant MP
, September 3, 2014 — Sport
I’ve never made any secret of my ambition as Minister for Sport to get more women, young and old, taking part in sport.   I’m evangelical about this because ‘doing sport’ is just such an important thing, and especially for women. The thing is, it worked for me. As a girl I took up all sorts…

Good news for the Arts in the UK

Ed Vaizey MP
, August 29, 2014 — Culture
Monday is an important day for the performing arts in the UK. Why? Because it is the day on which an important new tax relief for theatre production comes into effect. Originally announced in the Autumn Statement nearly a year ago, it will provide an additional corporation tax deduction, or a payable tax credit, worth…