A new AI and quantum computing centre has launched in NW England, backed by £210m investment from the government and IBM.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has launched the search for UK City of Culture 2025. Go, go, go! What are you waiting for!
Housing Minister Chris Pincher has announced a £1.1m fund to test the use of digital tools and data standards across 10 local areas.
A DCMS Committee report has called for a time-limited insurance scheme to ensure music festivals don’t face another ‘lost summer’.
New DCMS stats show that revenues in the UK safety tech sector are up 40% in the past year with 500 new jobs created, too.
Businesses can now claim an additional £3000 of government funding for each new apprentice they take on.
The Home Office and DCMS have launched a call for evidence around the safety of journalists in the UK.
The Government Art Collection has acquired works by 45 contemporary visual artists from across the UK to support them during the pandemic.
The government has begun its search for a chief exec of the new Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA).
Over half of UK arts organisations believe they are at risk due to the decline in income from the pandemic, according to a new Uni of Sheffield study.
Arts & Culture
The Scottish government has allocated a further £40m of COVID relief to the culture sector.
President Biden wants to boost culture funding in the US to record levels as part of a $6 trillion budget proposal (not all going to culture sadly. Just phoned him to check)
The Welsh government is to establish a National Music Service to ensure financial barriers don’t restrict children learning an instrument. Newyddion da.
Over the past year, arts organisations have improved the diversity of their boards and programming, but less so for wider workforce, according to Inc Arts.
The National Academy for Social Prescribing is on the lookout for a deputy director of comms and corporate affairs.
A petition has been set up to save Rochester’s University for the Creative Arts campus from closing.
An optical illusion of an orangutan has bagged first prize in the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 competition. Ooo ah ah.
London Design Biennale opened this week, including the tree-mendous Forest for Change from Es Devlin plonked in the middle of Somerset House.
Theatre & Dance
Cornish touring theatre company Kneehigh is winding down after 40 years.
The Stage with a deep dive into whether the theatre industry is training too many actors.
Tourism & Heritage
Highways England and Forestry England are barking up the right tree by planting a new woodland the size of 135 football pitches in Essex.
A more than 4,000-year-old artificial mound in Syria may be the world’s earliest-known war memorial.
The controversial statue of slave trader Edward Colston is to go on display in a museum following its swim in Bristol harbour.
Press, Books & Libraries
David Diop has become the first French writer to win the International Booker Prize, for his second novel, At Night All Blood is Black. C’EST BON, DAVID.
Authors will be able to earn royalties on secondhand books for the first time thanks to royalty fund AuthorSHARE.
Is a newsletter a book? I guess not? To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted the most inspirational book of all time by British readers. Just WAIT for Ed’s memoirs.
Regional publisher Archant is creating 70 new roles, including a dozen jobs for journalists.
Berlin-based Trish Lorenz has won this year’s Nine Dots Prize, receiving $100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press.
Exhibitions and Events
CogX is coming up in a week or so. Here’s what’s in store for the createch stage (including a lil’ appearance from Ed) and also a FREE PASS. We do look after you.
WePresent and Serpentine Galleries present AMAKABA by artist Tabitha Rezaire, the latest in an online series looking at creative responses to the climate crisis.
Japan House London has a new exhibition in August celebrating the cultural and design legacy of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 非常に素晴らしい! (‘Very nice!’)
Two ace-sounding new books from the dystopian future released by Rebellion Publishing this week from Derek Kunsken and Sammy HK Smith.
Dark Horse Comics are kicking off their own gaming and entertainment division.
The team behind Department K sit down for a wide-reaching chat with 2000AD about what’s in store for the new, extended series.
Games industry body TIGA has called on the Government to boost the rate of R&D Tax Relief.
The Department for International Trade is seeking games developers that have produced winter sports games. Snow way? Yes way.
Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Creative England has partnered with British Business Bank's Start-Up Loans Programme to offer financial support of up to £25,000 to creative entrepreneurs.
Film & TV
There won’t be any fellowships or special awards handed out at this weekend’s TV BAFTAs following the Noel Clarke controversy.
Amazon Prime Video UK is helping fund 13 new post-production apprenticeships as part of a UK Screen Alliance programme.
Holby City is coming to an end after 23 years. End of an era. Or should that be end of an ER-a? Like Emergency Room with an -a? Let’s keep that one in, I reckon.
Todd Phillips is reportedly writing a sequel to his 2019 melancholy megahit, Joker. 2 Sad 2 Serious.
Etsy is acquiring British fashion resale app Depop for a cool $1.6bn. Here’s Business of Fashion with their take on why the deal was done.
Music & Radio
A new UK Music survey has highlighted a lack of ethnic diversity among employees in senior jobs in the music biz.
The Featured Artists Coalition is launching a kitemark for artist-friendly organisations.
Youth Music has launched its NextGen Fund, offering grants to emerging musicians and creatives of up to £2,500.
Damon Albarn and Laura Mvula are among the acts announced for Edinburgh International Festival 2021.
through the noise, the first crowdfunding platform specifically for live music, has announced its first gig following the support of backers.
More than 180 million people across the globe tuned in to watch us do our best, ok, we tried, in the Eurovision Song Contest last month.
An official Nintendo museum is opening in Japan by 2024. Wii must Ninten-go.
Tech & Telecoms
The number of AI businesses in the UK has grown by 600% in the past decade, according to new Tech Nation research.
UK healthtech scaleup Babylon is go public in the US via a $4.2bn SPAC deal. Huge.
A new telecoms infrastructure firm has detailed a £1bn plan to build a full fibre network covering 1 million properties in Eastern England by 2025.
The Royal Navy is using AI at sea for the very first time. Ahoy.
A new report claims Amazon’s warehouse injuries are ‘80% higher’ than its competitors… which will probably be fixed by their new ‘wellness chambers’.
Zoom profits have zipped up from $27m to $227m since the start of 2020.
LA Times on TikTok’s efforts to open doors for its Black rising stars.
Donald Trump has shut down his blog after just 29 days, infuriated by its measly readership. SAD!
Appointments & Movers
Scott McDonald has been appointed chief exec of the British Council; David Nixon is to step down as artistic director of Northern Ballet after 20 years; Melanie Lewis is joining the Shakespeare North Playhouse as chief exec; Liliane Landor is the new senior controller of BBC News International Services; Birmingham Royal Ballet has welcomed new board members
Wrote for Politics Home on how the games industry is leading the way in levelling up the UK
A thief from Fife (a Fife thief, if you will) has been caught pink-handed returning a plastic flamingo he pinched from somebody’s garden. With footage like that he didn’t have a leg to stand on really.