Queen’s Speech this week. Here’s Computer Weekly on what it meant for tech, including 5G mobile coverage, security of smart devices and online safety.
On that note, DCMS has finally published the Draft Online Safety Bill, setting out a landmark new regulatory framework to tackle harmful content online.
Here’s a piece from Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden for The Telegraph on how it will bring accountability to the online world.
On 17th May, theatres, cinemas and museums will finally be able to reopen their doors.
A peer-reviewed paper has found that the NHS contact-tracing app prevented between 284,000 and 594,000 cases of COVID.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced £22m of investment to support building cyber security resilience in developing countries.
Lord Neil Mendoza, the Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, is hosting a series of roundtables for DCMS on boosting the arts’ recovery.
Tate has unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize. Here’s Frieze on what it tells us about the politics of art.
Arts & Culture
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a ‘year of fun’ (chance would be a fine thing, Sadiq) with a £6m campaign to reboot the capital’s culture.
What does a lifetime of good will and artistic respect get you? For David Hockney it’s the chance to design a logo like this for the #LetsDoLondon campaign. Fair play.
The Genesis Foundation has announced 41 grants for arts projects led by creative freelancers, as part of its £1m Genesis Kickstart Fund.
A creative district in SE London, featuring a 1,200-seat performance space led by Punchdrunk, is opening to the public in September.
12 disabled artists have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for the BBC this summer as part of Culture in Quarantine.
And auction house Christie’s is to offer paid internships to students with disabilities.
The biggest venue operators at Edinburgh Festival Fringe are seeking a bailout of £14m to secure the future of the event.
SPACE, London’s largest provider of artist studios, is on the hunt for a new CEO.
Rome’s Colosseum is getting a remote-controlled, retractable floor. Exactly how they had it in Roman times. Great to see.
Theatre & Dance
Nine out of 10 performers lost all or most of their income during the pandemic, according to a study outlined by The Stage.
Trafalgar Entertainment has signed a 70-year lease at West London’s massive new Olympia Theatre, set to open in 2025.
London’s Old Vic has unveiled a reopening season of live and digital work.
Scottish arts bodies have called for an urgent review of Scotland’s plans to reopen theatres but with two-metre social distancing in place.
Classical Music & Opera
Birmingham Opera Company is amongst the UK winners at the International Opera Awards 2021. Woo.
English National Opera has announced a reduced new season – and is expanding its free ticket scheme to under-21s.
through the noise has developed the first crowdfunding platform specifically for live classical events.
Tourism & Heritage
St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall is looking for a live-in castle officer. I actually used to run a castle myself until I got de-moat-ed.
Press, Books & Libraries
Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has bagged book of the year at the British Book Awards 2021.
And New York writer Raven Leilani has won this year's £20,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for her book Luster.
The number of journalists in the UK has risen to almost 100,000 in the last three years, but the industry still lacks ethnic diversity, according to a study of ONS data.
Exhibitions and Events
This should be great. Tech Nation and the Office for AI teaming up for a deep dive into the future of AI on 2nd June, with speakers including AI Council chair Tabitha Goldstaub.
Spearheaded by the Duchess of Cambridge, the National Portrait Gallery has launched its Hold Still exhibition of portraits conveying lockdown in the UK.
The Times with its top 40 best art tickets to book for your post-lockdown cultural splurge.
Former Digital Minister Margot James and BEIS Select Committee chair Darren Jones MP will talk all things Online Safety Bill with Taso Advisory on 17th May.
Julies Bicycle’s free Creative Climate Chats return on 20th May, kicking off with neuroscientist Araceli Carmago.
UYL (upgrade your lair) with some brand new DLC (downloadable content) for Evil Genius 2.
And another fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game from the International Broadcasting Convention.
Rebellion Publishing title Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed is among those shortlisted in the Aurora Awards for the best science fiction books.
And add these straight to your basket. Polygon with the most influential sci-fi books of the modern era, including Mary Robinette’s The Calculating Stars.
TIGA has summarised what the Queen’s Speech means for the video games sector.
Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
Tom Cruise has handed back his three Golden Globe trophies and NBC will not air the 2022 awards after allegations of corruption and also a lack of Black members.
The TV Collective has highlighted 51 breakthrough leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds redefining leadership in the TV industry.
Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talkshow in 2022 after 19 years – and says that reports about a toxic workplace were ‘too orchestrated’. Hmmm.
A brilliant interview in the Sunday Times with Seth Rogen looking back at films from his past that haven’t aged well.
So no one told you life was gonna be this waaay, your job’s a joke, you’re broke, but the Friends reunion is coming 27th Maaay.
The reopening on ‘non-essential’ retail saw a sales increase on 25% compared to the month prior, according to the British Retail Consortium.
Great read from GQ on how Stüssy has become the Chanel of streetwear.
Music & Radio
Female artists dominated the BRIT Awards this week, with Dua Lipa leading the charge and Little Mix becoming the first ever all-female winner of best British group.
Here’s The Guardian with a rundown of the night’s performances, from Olly Alexander stood on Elton John’s piano to The Weeknd stood in the rain on Zoom.
The Night Time Industries Association has warned MPs that 75% of the country’s nightclubs face bankruptcy without a COVID rent solution.
Tina Turner and Foo Fighters are among this year’s inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Simply the best of you.
George Ezra and PJ Harvey are getting their wellies on and joining the impressive list of acts playing at Glastonbury’s Live from Worthy Farm later this month.
We’re getting a cinematic documentary to mark 25 years since Oasis’ classic Knebworth gig. Look back with fond memories, please.
Sony’s PS5 shortage is expected to continue until next year – but its new VR headset reportedly has 4K resolution. Swings and roundabouts.
Tech & Telecoms
BT has set out plans to connect 25m homes and businesses by the end of 2026 with fast, reliable broadband.
Amazon has won a legal fight with the EU over a demand for €250m in back taxes.
Tesla has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment for vehicles because of its environmental impact.
The Royal Mail is trialling the use of drones to deliver items to the Isles of Scilly. U-AV got mail.
Digital Catapult has unveiled plans for the first-ever 5G festival, alongside the likes of Warner Music Group and O2.
Instagram has added the option for people to show pronouns on their profile.
COMPUTER VOICE NEWS: An actor is suing TikTok for using her voice for its text-to-speech function – and… no… it can’t be… has the real Alexa been found?!
Appointments & Movers
Louise Smith has been appointed chair of Innovate Finance; Andrew Morlet has been announced as chair of the Crafts Council; 28-year-old entrepreneur Steven Bartlett is set to be the youngest ever Dragon on Dragon’s Den; former eBay exec Richelle Parham is the new president of global e-commerce at Universal Music Group; Sofia Stephanou has been named exec director at Arch 468; Olivia Jacobs is stepping down as co-artistic director of theatre company Tall Stories after 24 years; Joe Berchtold is to become Live Nation’s chief financial officer
Talked reviving the UK’s cultural sector on Genesis Foundation’s Artistic Minds Podcast with UK Music chief Jamie Njoku-Goodwin
Doctors in London have reported a fivefold increase in kids swallowing magnets. Are you sure? I’m positive.
Oh how we laughed at that boat stuck in the Suez Canal. All the memes. What fun we had. Well guess what? The UK is now facing a garden gnome shortage because of it. NOT SO FUNNY NOW.