Online arts channel The SPACE goes live

As reported by the Teaching Drama blog in February, The Space, a new online channel dedicated to the arts has gone live. The project is a collaboration between Arts Council England (ACE) and the BBC.

The Space was created to cover the many events taking place for this years’ Cultural Olympiad. On the theatre section of the website, the channel is making the 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 different languages, as part of the Globe to Globe festival, available to visitors online. So far, the full length version of Venus and Adonis  is available to watch. There is also a film of festival director, Tom Bird, explaining his inspiration for founding the Globe to Globe festival.

There are sections on the site dedicated to film, dance, music and literature and the spoken word. The resources on the website will expand as the Cultural Olympiad gets into full swing. You can access The Space through its website, or through an app for smartphones and tablets. Content has also been made available on The Space’s very own television channel, which can be found on Freeview HD on channel 117.

The channel is undergoing a six month pilot scheme and will available until October. However, director general of the BBC Mark Thompson said, ‘this is meant to be a pilot but we hope it can have a life way beyond that. We’ve had to come out of our ivory tower and think of ourselves as an enabler, a channel for the British public to find great art.’

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