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Manchester live music venue reopens
Theatre plans receive
Band on the Wall opens its doors after five year, £4m redevelopment programme
SBC funding boost
A new open air theatre is set By Pete Hayman
to open in Scarborough, North
Yorkshire, in August 2010 after One of Manchester's most
the local authority approved iconic live music venues has
funding for the venue. reopened to the public,
Scarborough Borough Council following a £4m scheme to
agreed to fund the £3.5m transform the centre.

construction of the 6,500-seat Band on the Wall closed in

theatre using a surplus from the 2004 to allow work to get
first stage of the town's Sands underway on the refurbishment ter
development, which aims to of the jazz and world music

transform 55 acres (22.3 venue, which also played a
hectares) of the North Bay area central role in the city's punk image
into a major tourist destination. scene during the 1970s. Band on the Wall was at the heart of the city's 1970s punk scene
The revamp, which was
Oldham Council to
carried out by operator Inner Arts Council England (ACE) on the Wall is able to not only
launch apprenticeships
City Music, included the contributed £2.5m in order to build on its reputation as a
Oldham Council is launching a installation of a new sound complement financial support lynchpin venue on the national
new scheme to create system, audio-visual and sound from Manchester City Council touring circuit but also offer
apprenticeship and employment studios, education suites and and the Heritage Lottery Fund. new high-level support,
opportunities for young artists. improved disabled access, as Eddie Thomas, music officer development opportunities and
Arts Council England is providing well as work to increase the at ACE, North West, said: information for artists, audi-
a £55,000 grant for the Art audience capacity to 300. "Through this investment, Band ences and young people alike."
Smart project, which is a
continuation of the Gallery 37
Plus national pilot scheme. The
£3m Cultural Olympiad disability scheme launched
council’s arts development team
will partner with a range of By Pete Hayman sections; the first will provide a
professional arts organisations £1.5m fund for commissioning
to work with 26 of the young A £3m programme has been new work, while the second
people who participated in the launched in a bid to provide will offer support to artists in
pilot to take their development disabled and deaf artists with order to develop their talent
to the next level. an opportunity to develop and skills, as well as exhibiting
artwork as part of the London their creations.
Historic London venue
2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Funding has been provided
set to "take stock"
Unlimited, one of the UK's image by the Olympic Lottery
The Hackney Empire in London largest disability arts schemes, Cultural Olympiad board chair Distributor, while Arts Council
is to close for at least nine aims to enable talented artists Tony Hall with Cando2 dancers England, the British Council,
months as of January. The to create a range of artwork the Scottish Arts Council, Arts
theatre is suffering from leading up to London 2012. audiences to commissions at Council of Wales, Arts Council
financial problems and will use The three-year programme, arts venues, festivals and the of Northern Ireland and
the downtime to "take stock". which also aims to introduce Games itself, is split into two London 2012 also contributed.
The theatre will continue to run
a youth workshop programme,
but the majority of staff will be
New art scheme inspired by Sunderland revamp site
made redundant. A Hackney
Council spokesperson said: Local residents in Sunderland are to be given is centred around a former shop fitters due to
"Hackney Council and the arts the chance to take part in a new art project be demolished as part of redevelopment plans.
council are working together to inspired by the proposed regeneration of the Members of the local community are being
provide a package of support to city's Sunniside area. invited to the city's thePlace venue every
ensure the Empire is able to Pupils from the Hudson Road Primary Saturday during October to attend workshops
recover from these difficulties School have already been working with artist and create art work as part of a rolling
and return to a full programme Dawn Lehrer on the Site Verify scheme, which exhibition inspired by the Sunniside proposals.
as soon as practically possible."
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