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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Arts Council and BBC create new online arts channel

Arts Council England (ACE) in partnership with the BBC are to launch a new online arts channel called The Space. The channel will contain work from theatres across the UK. The project will run from 1 May until the end of October 2012.

The Space is described by ACE as ‘an experimental digital arts media service and commissioning programme that could help to transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture.’

53 applicants were successful in applying to create original commissions for The Space. Some of the notable entries include Pilot Theatre Company, Blast Theory and Bristol Old Vic. Two entries which will capture this summer’s Shakespearean festivities are The Globe, who will be documenting their Globe to Globe festival and the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are creating World Shakespeare Festival TV to capture the highlights from this summer’s performances.

Chief executive of ACE, Alan Davey said: ‘The Space is one of our most significant interventions of recent years and I’m delighted to be able to announce such exciting and imaginative contributions from artists and organisations. It will inspire a great generosity of spirit among the participating organisations, with each of them committed to documenting and sharing the journey they all are taking together.’

The Space will be accessible across four different platforms; PCs, internet connected televisions, smart phones and tablets. The resources will also be made available through video on demand on Freeview.

The project has been developed to coincide with the London 2012 festival and the many celebrations happening around the UK this year, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.  Roly Keating from the BBC said: ‘We believe we can make something really special happen to celebrate 2012’s unique summer of arts.’

To find out more about the participating applicants visit the Arts Council website. The Space (www.thespace.org) will launch in May.

Fill you in Friday

It’s our second edition of Fill you in Friday… keeping you up to date with all the latest events and workshops coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need.

BETT
BETT show 2012

BETT offers over 100 workshops, seminars and discussions – all part of their ‘learn live’ initiative. 650 exhibitors will attend, offering IT solutions for teachers and showcasing the newest products available on the market.

The show is in its 28th year and has approximately 60,000 visitors coming every year. Come and visit for the latest developments in ICT technology for the classroom. Free to attend.

The four day event will be held at London Olympia from 11th-14th January.

To register visit www.bettshow.com

Arts Council
State of the Arts 2012 

Hosted by the Arts council and in association with Manchester and Salford City Council’s, along with the BBC, this year’s event will take place at The Lowry – a first for the event which has previously been held in London. Returning for it’s third year in February, the event will focus on the relationship between society and the artist. There will be a number of events, talks, debates and pre-conference entertainment available.

Book before 25th December and receive an early bird discount – however it is still fairly pricey.

Early bird tickets cost £80, full price tickets will set you back by about £110.

But for those who can’t afford the entry the Arts Council are offering 50 bursaries which will

cover: a ticket to State of the Arts including the pre conference arts events, travel and one night’s accommodation. Information about how to apply for a bursary will be announced on their website on Monday 12th.

For more information visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/conferences-training/state-arts-2012

New issue of Teaching Drama out soon!
Spring 2 issue

Our newest issue is out Monday 19th December … and it’s a Shakespeare special!

*World Shakespeare Festival 2012 highlights,
*Shakespeare Schools Festival,
*A review of The National Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors.

Plus all of our regular features, news and reviews to keep you up to date with what is happening in the drama education world.

We are also giving you a very …. SPECIAL OFFER FOR CHRISTMAS

If you order a subscription of Teaching Drama before 31st December, you’ll receive 50% off!
Visit www.rhinegold.co.uk/gift to buy yours.