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Please sit down for this one… There will be no Vaizey View newsletter for the next two weeks. The next one will be on Friday 20th May. I’M SORRY! I will be on a boat somewhere off of Indonesia on a surf trip and I’m not expecting enough internet to Google ‘funny dog news’ sadly. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.  

Anyway, Break Out Culture is BACK. This week, Ed is celebrating Shakespeare’s 468th birthday
(I don’t have that many candles, sorry Will) with Robert McCrum - author of Shakespearean, editor-in-chief of Faber and Faber for two decades, and literary and associate editor of The Observer

 Government Stuff 

The UK and the USA are among 61 countries to sign a declaration for the future of the internet.  

DCMS has published a broadcasting white paper in which it says it will give broadcasters a more flexible remit and better protect viewers of streaming services. 

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is ‘minded to’ intervene in local newspaper group Newsquest's takeover of rival Archant. 

Coadec’s Dom Hallas with a useful Twitter thread unpicking The Times piece on the ‘failures’ of the government’s £1bn Future Fund. 

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Artist Sonia Boyce, the first Black woman to represent the UK at the Venice Biennale, has won the top Golden Lion prize. Bravo!  

And female artists outnumbered their male counterparts in the main halls of the Venice Biennale for the very first time this year.  

This is interesting. Creative Scotland is set to tie funding for arts organisations to their progress on net zero. 

82% of Brits consider themselves creative, according to a new V&A study. They’ve also released a new vid on creativity at their museum site.  

Jerwood Arts has announced a rejigged strategy, including a £1m boost in funding for early-career visual artists over the next three years. 

A proper g’day. After a $74m donation, Australia is set to build its largest contemporary art museum in Melbourne.  

Jony Ive and Prince Charles have announced the winners of the Terra Carta Design Lab contest, including a methane-catching cow muzzle. Not herd of that before. 

Japan’s new tallest building from studio Pelli Clarke & Partners has topped out in Tokyo. わお!背が高い!
(That’s Japanese for: “Wow! It’s so tall!”) 

Theatre & Dance 
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has called on the city’s residents to host visiting artists due to a lack of affordable accommodation.  

The cast has been announced for a new Tony Blair rock opera. Blairspray The Musical. Phan-Tone of the Opera. We’ll leave it there. 

Classical Music & Opera 
London clubbing venue Printworks is to host a BBC Prom. Big Liszt, little Liszt, cardboard Brahms. 

Decca Records has announced a partnership with Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first professional majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra.  

Tourism & Heritage  
Italy’s very own ‘monuments men’ have signed a deal with Unesco enabling them to protect heritage globally. 

The Guardian takes a glimpse inside Queer Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum, which is set to open next week.  

Dig out the Babycham and Cherry B. The Black Country Living Museum is looking for old bottles of drinks marketed to women for their re-creation of a 60’s boozer. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is on the cover of the latest TIME magazine, and reporters spent two weeks with him in his Kyiv compound. 

Press Gazette analysis has found that the Financial Times pays the best in UK media, while the Beeb has the worst employee to CEO pay ratio.  

A miniature book of poems by Charlotte Brontë, previously thought to be lost, has been sold at auction for $1.25m

There are four times more male characters than female in literature, according to a University of Southern California study using AI.  

Exhibitions and Events  
Jodie Comer is currently making her West End debut in the play Prima Facie for the next two months and critics are saying she’s Killing (Eve) it. Sorry. 

London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts’ international film festival returns next Thursday, exploring ‘the cinema of the real’. Provocative.  

Take-Two Interactive Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick recently joined LionTree’s Nick Tuosto on KindredCast for a fascinating discussion on personal growth, business, and the gaming industry. Here are the biggest takeaways from their chat. 

Well I never! Turns out NFT communities have been around for half a decade. A new series from Kindred Media breaks down where they came from and where they’re heading. 

Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover is the hot topic in TikTok town. Here’s a look at what he’s promised to change in his own words. 

And you can scratch that newsletter itch these next couple of weeks by subscribing to Take a Break by Kindred Media for the big stories in US media and tech everyday. 

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
96% of the public disagree with the government’s plans to privatise Channel 4. 

The Beeb has published its plan to support levelling up across the UK. 

James Corden is set to leave his late-night CBS show in the US in 2023 after 8 years.  

We Are Lady Parts and Landscapers were the top dogs at the recent BAFTA TV Craft Awards. 

The Beeb released the results of a ‘deprivation study’ where 80 homes had their access to BBC services cut for 9 days. That’s what I’m doing with the newsletter. 

Debenhams in Liverpool has been converted into a leisure complex

Music & Radio 
Despite gigs returning, live music revenue in the UK was still down by almost 30% last year.  

Kering founder François Pinault is buying music streaming platform Deezer for €1.1bn.  

48 music organisations from across the UK have been named as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners. 

Almost 80% of artists on Spotify have fewer than 50 monthly listeners. You wait until Ed drops his mixtape. He’ll be straight in that 20%.  

This year’s BBC Proms is also set to feature its first concert dedicated to video game music. Poké-prom. 

Drop whatever you’re doing like it’s hot: you can now play as Snoop Dogg on Call of Duty. 

Tech & Telecoms 
The EU has finally reached an agreement on its landmark Digital Services Act. Here’s Politico with what you need to know about its plan to clean up Big Tech. 

The total number of first time seed-stage investment deals is down by 18% in the UK from 2018 to 2021, according to Beauhurst figures.   

More on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. You’re thrilled I’m sure. The news wiped $126bn off the value of Tesla and a bunch of celeb users have quit

Google’s Q1 profits this year dropped by over $1bn compared to 2021. 

(The Company Formerly Known as Facebook) has seen its slowest quarterly sales growth in a decade - but user numbers have exceeded expectations.  

Leaving games consoles, TVs and other devices on standby could be costing the average UK household an additional £147 per year.  

The amount of VC funding invested in Chinese tech companies has dropped by 76.7% to $3.5 billion since this time last year. 

Research from Columbia and Stanford universities suggests that workers ‘think less creatively’ in Zoom meetings. They obviously haven’t seen my backgrounds…  

Uber has launched a new travel service for pets in London. Where you going, mate? WOOF WOOOOF WOOF WOOOOF. Ok, Barking. Got it.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Deborah Swallow is retiring as director of the Courtauld after 18 years; Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran has left following 35 years at the company; founder Caroline Diehl is stepping down as chair of Together TV; Publishers Association chief exec Stephen Lotinga is leaving to join Sky - Dan Conway takes his place; David Bryan has been appointed as chair of the British Council's Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group; Safiya Lambie-Knight has been promoted to head of music at Spotify UK; Rob Jones has joined Sadler’s Wells as associate artistic director; ex-Sky News presenter Sarah Hewson is the new royal editor at TalkTV 

One for you? Together TV is now looking for a new chair  

Ed Stuff

Papped at the British Council Chairman’s Reception in Venice; popped up on BBC’s Context  

...And Finally

The US Federal Aviation Administration has determined that a YouTuber deliberately crashed his plane ‘for views’. Hello, welcome to 2022. Take a seat.  

Where did he come from?
(A prison in Scotland). Where did he go? (A shipping container on an offshore oil rig five years later). Where did he come from, the cat called one-eyed Joe

Bon voyage.

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