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.’

Student finance day 2012 launches

Today saw the launch of student finance day, offering support, advice and information for students applying to university. Supported by UCAS, the day hopes to supply applicants with a better understanding of the new financial structure of higher education. Students can find out about the cost of study before they apply to courses.

UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘UCAS is committed to ensuring that applicants have access to everything they need to make a fully informed choice about higher education. Access to comprehensive information about finance arrangements is really important.’

Student finance day is an initiative from creator Martin Lewis. Lewis chairs the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance, which was created to help students understand the real cost of changes to university fees.  They’ve created an app with all the information for students about loans, tuition fees and bursaries.

Their website provides a comprehensive need-to-know guide on the facts of applying to university with inflated tuition fees. There is also a device which helps applicants calculate how many years it will take them to become debt free post-university.

Visit for more information.