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Does Culture Matter?
Speech at the Association of British Orchestras fringe meeting,
Conservative Party Conference, Birmingham Town Hall, 29th September 2014
Asked to prove the value of culture, I sometimes do a sneaky inversion. Imagine a world without it. Imagine throwing a switch which at a stroke…Continue
Posted on September 29, 2014 at 17:00
Congratulations to Sajid Javid and good luck in the new job. I look forward to buying him a cup of tea and seeing him at lots of the UK’s brilliant cultural events. And I hope he'll forgive a few thoughts on what might lie ahead.
Someone who’s come from the Treasury will understand how much the tiny fraction of our public spending invested in the arts does for the country, both here and internationally. We’re one of the fastest growing and most successful sectors of the UK economy,…Continue
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 17:00
“In order correctly to define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life. “ TOLSTOY, What is Art? - translated Aylmer Maude.
Where does theatre belong, in a healthy society? It’s one of the last great unmediated experiences - it’s not edited, or packaged, or spun. It allows children to stare. It allows adults to believe (or not). Surely theatre shouldn’t…Continue
Posted on November 2, 2013 at 15:11
A postscript was added on 6 May 2013.
Maria Miller yesterday gave her maiden speech as Culture Secretary. The main thrust was this: that the arts must play their part in our economic recovery by proving their profitability.
At first glance the speech seems encouraging, but look closer and it's impossible not…Continue
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 12:30