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Will keep things brief so you can get back to putting the bunting up and prepping the sausage rolls. Enjoy your Platinum Jubilee weekend one and all! 

On this week’s Break Out Culture it’s all about the 2022 Prize for Women in Fiction with authors Dorothy Koomson and Mary Ann Sieghart. The chat dives into the extraordinary stories on the shortlist, what it takes to be a judge and why men
(cc. Ed) don’t read enough books written by women.  

 Government Stuff 

BEIS has confirmed UKRI’s three-year budget allocations setting out how £25bn will be invested nationally in research and innovation.  

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the proposed joint sports venture between BT Sports and Warner Bros’ Eurosport. 

A new DCMS-commissioned report has concluded that a shared data platform is needed to better understand the value of cultural organisations nationally. 

100,000 gigabit vouchers have now been issued as part of the government’s Project Gigabit to fund broadband upgrades nationwide.  

DCMS is seeking views on making the app world safer and more secure.  

A fabulous array of names from the arts honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, including the V&A’s Nicholas Coleridge, ACE’s Darren Henley, Creative UK’s Caroline Norbury and Chineke!’s Chi-chi Nwanoku.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture
The UK’s City of Culture for 2025 will be… *faint drum roll*... Bradford! Bravo! The Beeb explores the potential impact.  

19 local authority areas highlighted as priorities for investment by both government and Arts Council England are yet to receive a slice of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund. 

The Commonwealth Games’ cultural programme ‘ignores diverse communities’, says a Birmingham Race Impact Group report.  

The UK’s first NFT agency for artists has launched. It was only a matter of time.  

Sacre - and I cannot stress this enough - BLEU! A man dressed as an old woman has thrown a cake at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
(it’s behind glass though, don’t let it ruin your weekend).

Social housing pioneer Renée Gailhoustet has won this year’s Royal Academy Architecture Prize for under-recognised contributions to architecture. 

Look up! Higher! Frank Gehry has unveiled plans and visuals for his tallest-ever residential skyscrapers. How tall? Gehry tall. 

Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design have come up with plans for the world’s first zero emission superyacht. Wow. Nauti but nice for the environment.  

Theatre & Dance 
This year’s Black British Theatre Awards are to be held at the National Theatre for the first time.  

Nottingham theatre company Chronic Insanity has launched the UK’s first digital-theatre literary department.  

Tourism & Heritage  
The UK’s longest-running rock group Stonehenge has been illuminated with photos of The Queen for the jubilee. Ok, too far.  

Medieval metalwork from Ukraine is to go on show at the British Museum before it can be safely returned to Kyiv. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
Publishers have seen a 500% increase in digital audio revenue compared to this time last year, according to the Digital Publishers’ Revenue Index. Blimey. 

London’s getting itself a new newsletter, The Roost, brought to you by journalist Marie Le Conte.  

Exhibitions and Events 
Hey. Hay Festival is still on for another couple of days, with Letters Live, Jarvis Cocker and Bernadine Evaristo still to come. 

Tracey Emin’s first exhibition in Scotland since 2008 has opened at Edinburgh’s Jupiter Artland until October. 

The annual White Label Auction takes place next Tuesday, with rare test pressings of Sex Pistols and Adele up for grabs. Anarchy in the UK? Rumour has it.  

In case you need some inspiration this weekend, here’s The Guardian with 20 great jubilee days out and ELLE with things to see, do and, most importantly, eat. Coronation chicken 3 meals a day for me.  

Or you could join thousands of people on Morecambe Pier for what they hope will be a ‘record-breaking Big Lunch’. Obviously never seen me at Gregg’s.  

The third part in Kindred Media’s NFTs: Explained series is here, breaking down the driving force behind NFT success: community. 

Gro Intelligence CEO Sara Menker recently addressed the UN Security Council to discuss the ongoing food crisis that has disproportionally affected lower-income countries. You can watch her remarks here. 

And, of course, fuel your unadulterated love for newsletters by signing up to Take a Break - Kindred Media’s daily recap of the big media and tech news.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV
The new Top Gun film, Maverick, has given Tom Cruise his first $100m opening weekend at the box office. Just a walk in the park, Kazansky. 

The new series of Stranger Things has had the biggest premiere weekend ever for an English language TV show on Netflix.  

There’s an Apprentice-esque show coming to Channel 4 for budding politicians called Make Me Prime Minister. Gulp. 

Disney lit up two chimneys of Battersea Power Station as lightsabers to mark the release of Obi Wan Kenobi. Impressive. Spock would be proud. 

A trailer for the live-action remake of Pinocchio is here and Tom Hanks is starring as toy-maker Geppetto. Probably won’t bother watching *nose grows exponentially* 

Fast fashion retailer Missguided went into administration and was bought out by Frasers Group. Here’s The i with 5 things to learn from its demise. 

Music & Radio 
The new Harry Styles album has broken the record As It Was for sales in a single week by a British solo male artist. He also played a blinder at Radio 1 Big Weekend.  

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music, has seen its budget slashed by 60%. Yeesh. The FAC has launched a petition in response.  

Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has announced the winners of this year’s Silver Clef Awards, including Peter Gabriel and Jools Holland. 

The Beeb has announced its Glastonbury coverage plans, with Saturday headliner Sir Paul McCartney
(he was in a band called The Beatles) broadcasting live on BBC One.  

Kate Bush is once again running up that chart thanks to her song being featured on Stranger Things. Variety explores how the Netflix show landed her tune.

Tech & Telecoms 
The average adult now spends 4 hours a day online and tech firms must do more to protect women, according to the latest Ofcom media habits report. 

Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down as COO of Meta after 14 years. The Verge sits down for a chinwag with her and The Guardian explores her legacy. 

BT and Ericsson are partnering to provide private 5G networks to businesses across the UK. 

Cinemas across the UK, including Odeon and Vue, are to begin accepting digital ID cards through Yoti.  

Elon Musk is ending remote working completely at Tesla. What about his SpaceX astronauts? Back to the drawing board, Elon.

The Guardian ponders whether having virtual children in the metaverse could be the future of parenthood. I’m going to hazard a guess at ‘no’. Hope that helps.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Nancy Medina has been named as the new artistic director of Bristol Old Vic; Jerome Pesenti, Meta’s VP of AI, is leaving after four years; Ben Domenech has been appointed as editor-at-large of The Spectator; Sacha Lord has been elected as chair of the Night Time Industries Association; Hilary O’Neill is stepping down as editor of BBC’s Question Time after 4 years; Laura Wilshaw is joining Channel 4 as deputy editor 

Ed Stuff

Went and talked about culture and the UK’s soft power at Oxford Uni’s St Antony’s College; spoke about having a closer relationship with Europe on Times Radio

...And Finally

Enjoyed this. The Fence asks a bunch of Nobel Prize-winning scientists questions like: “Have you ever emailed something to yourself, received the email notification, thought ‘Ah, an email’, before realising it’s just the very email that you sent a second before?  

Wow! Very chic! A lion in a zoo in China has had a little glow up and been given a fringe. But weirdly the zoo has denied it was them? I think they’re lion personally. 

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