The finance minister of the G7 countries have come to a landmark agreement to make the world’s biggest firms, like Facebook and Amazon, pay more tax globally.
Over a pasty and a scone (jam then cream), Joe Biden and Boris Johnson have announced a new Atlantic Charter, including supporting emerging technologies and strengthening shared tech expertise.
DCMS has published a Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector bounce back.
The government has launched a refreshed GREAT campaign to mark the UK taking centre stage for G7, COP26 and England winning the Euros.
The government has launched a competition for young people to help create nanosatellite designs. I actually had a good satellite joke but deleted it. Way over your heads.
London is set to receive its first permanent venue dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists on Greenwich Peninsula.
Arts & Culture
Creative Scotland has announced details of £25m of emergency funding for the country’s arts and creative sector.
Almost 100 stories of alleged discrimination at the Barbican Centre have been published in a book by former and current staff.
A Mount Rushmore-esque sculpture of the G7 leaders made of electronic waste has sprung up by Hayle beach. My hometown. This is our moment. OUR Wembley.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC have launched a new podcast exploring research around tackling the climate emergency.
20 designers, including David Shrigley and Pentagram, have recreated classic Euros moments on beermats to raise money for grassroots football. Back of the net.
Theatre & Dance
The UK’s first all-Black, all-female Shakespeare company has launched.
Artistic director Abdul Shayek has announced his first season for Tara Theatre and sets out plans for the organisation’s future.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has pledged to reopen his theatres fully this month ‘come hell or high water’. RELEASE THE CATS!!!!!!!
Black Country Living Museum is on the lookout for a new chief operating officer – and they’ve taken to TikTok to reveal what life was *really* like in the Victorian era.
London's Courtauld Gallery is to reopen in November with all-new exhibition spaces.
The V&A’s Raphael Court is set for a new collaboration between the worlds of art, film and classical music.
Press, Books & Libraries
£3.4m has been invested to create a one-stop digital platform for UK libraries' collections.
Oxford University Press is to end centuries of tradition by closing its printing arm.
10% of the UK public would pay to read online news articles, according to a new YouGov survey. Doesn’t seem that high to me, but what do I know.
Exhibitions and Events
The British Academy’s Summer Showcase takes place next week, with talks, performances and activities ranging from British hip-hop to fortune telling.
A new English Heritage exhibition unveiled on Wednesday aims to shine a light on figures traditionally forgotten by England's cultural history.
Affordable Art Fair Battersea is BACKersea this July.
And also this July, the Wellcome Collection is launching a season of free events and exhibitions on the elusive subject of happiness :) :) :)
According to new Ofcom stats, more than half of the UK played games to cope with lockdown. Here’s TIGA digging deeper into the figures.
Ooo. This is cool. An all-new trailer for Sniper Elite VR, which we’ll be donning our headsets for on 8th July.
The nominees have landed for the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including David Roach’s Masters of British Comic Art.
TIGA is teaming up with the Competition and Markets Authority to deliver a free webinar on competition law in the video games industry.
Team Rebellion is looking for character artists, animators and all sorts of other gaming talent to join the ranks.
Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel was the big winner at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.
The BFI has set out some details of this October’s London Film Festival, including moving the red carpet galas to the Royal Festival Hall.
BBC Three has commissioned an adaptation of Akala’s bestseller Natives and it’ll be fronted by the man himself.
Harrison Ford has been spotted around North Yorkshire… and told a young fan he was Indiana Jones’ stunt double. What is he like.
During the pandemic, online shopping sale in the UK rose by 48% to £113bn, according to Ofcom stats.
And probably linked… Almost 30 shopping centres across England, Wales and Scotland are more than half empty, new data shows.
The H&M Foundation has launched a virtual fashion show for innovative fashion startups.
Music & Radio
The Rolling Stones, Yoko Ono and Tom Jones are among the new signatories for a campaign calling for a law change on streaming royalties.
Dua Lipa has been revealed as the UK's most-played artist of 2020. Wow Dua! You must be floating on cloud nine with that news! Levitating you could say!
The BBC has launched Open Music, a new training scheme for UK creatives and musicians of all genres and backgrounds.
YouTube has announced that it paid out $4bn to the music industry in the last 12 months.
The Guardian looks at the evolution of rap one verse at a time.
Vanilla Ice is to narrate a new BBC podcast about the kidnapping of Shergar. Alright, STOP. Collaborate and listen. Ice is back with a horse that went missing.
Music publishers in the US are filing a $200m lawsuit against the developers of the massively successful game Roblox over alleged copyright infringement.
Tech & Telecoms
According to Ofcom, us plucky Brits spent an average of 3.5 hours a day consuming online content during the pandemic, more than any other Europeans. Proud.
New initiative 01 Founders has launched a free coding school in London, offering young people guaranteed jobs at tech firms once they graduate.
Facebook is to suspend Donald Trump’s account for two years following a ruling by its Oversight Board. SAD!
Facebook will also no longer exempt politicians from rules on hateful or false statements.
Private equity firm Salonica Maroon has set up a new £75 million UK-based fund aiming to tackle the diversity gap among entrepreneurs.
Sales of halogen lightbulbs are to be banned in the UK from September, followed closely by fluroscent lights. Wonder how many people it took to change that one.
France's second biggest telecoms group, Altice, has acquired a 12% stake in BT.
British flying taxi startup Vertical Aerospace could be set for a $2bn SPAC merger in the US.
Whilst we’re up there (the sky), United Airlines is buying 15 ultra-fast planes from startup Boom Supersonic – and China is creating a new generation of super-fast jets, too.
El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Comprar alto, vender bajo! (‘Buy high, sell low!’ in Spanish, fyi)
Appointments & Movers
Sir Andrew Mackenzie has been selected as the new chair of UKRI; Anita Frew will be Rolls Royce’s first female chair in its 115-year history; Paul Bate has been appointed CEO of the UK Space Agency; the Guardian Media Group’s chief exec Annette Thomas is stepping down; Amazon’s Sanchin Jogia has been appointed chief tech officer at Ofcom; Louise Minchin is leaving BBC Breakfast after almost two decades on the sofa; Beatriz Stix-Brunell, first soloist at the Royal Ballet, is leaving after 11 years; Plymouth College of Art has announced Paul Fieldsend-Danks as interim principal; Nicholai La Barrie has been named associate director at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre; 1, 2, 3 and to the 4, Snoop Doggy Dogg has been hired by Def Jam as executive creative
A runaway giant tortoise in Suffolk has finally been apprehended by police a mile away from home. THAT WAS CLOSE. Could have been a turtle disaster.
An app has launched billed as the first ‘Google Translate for elephants’. What a waste of time. They don’t even have phones. Most ridiculous app I’ve ever herd of.