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Editor: Alex Pleasants

Cast your minds back to 18th April 1930. On that day, the BBC announced that there was, in fact, “no news”. Could you imagine… 

Thankfully in turbulent times we can always rely on the steady ship, Break Out Culture. This week Ed chats to Timothy Sheader, chief exec of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, about 90 seasons of plays at Britain’s oldest outdoor theatre. All aboard.

 Government (?!) Stuff 

My sources tell me that a couple of ministers resigned this week, including Chris Philp and Julia Lopez at DCMS. Matt Warman is back, though. More when I have it.  

Tougher protection for journalism and a requirement for social media platforms to proactively remove state-sponsored disinformation have been added to the Online Safety Bill.  

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has decided not to intervene in Newsquest’s takeover of fellow regional publisher Archant

The Competition and Markets Authority is reviewing the planned multi-billion dollar merger between Microsoft and games giant Activision Blizzard. 

It (the CMA) is also investigating Amazon’s treatment of third-party sellers.  

The UK has reached a new data agreement with the Republic of Korea - the UK’s first data adequacy decision since you know what 2 years ago #StillThankfulForMyBluePassport 

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Arts Council England is receiving record numbers of requests for grants (currently at more than double the current number of NPOs) and they’re offering ‘wind down’ money to those who are unsuccessful.  

Emerging British artist Abbas Zahedi has won this year’s Frieze Artist Award and will create a large installation at the upcoming Frieze London fair. Brrrrrrilliant.  

A new £4.1m creative hub has opened in Stratford bringing together East London Dance and youth music organisation, UD, under one roof.  

77% of cultural audiences think arts organisations should do more to address the climate emergency, according to an Act Green survey.  

The Art Newspaper rounds up the art world’s reaction to Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepping down. Wait, he what?   

Tributes from across the world of architecture and design for ‘pioneering and visionary’ founder of Dezeen, Marcus Fairs.  

The winners of this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards have been announced, with Barnado’s and GlaxoSmithKline among those picking up prizes.  

Researchers from Northwestern University have designed the smallest remote-controlled robot ever made: a half-mm wide crab. Woo. Let’s shellebrate.  

Theatre & Dance 
Expansion of performing arts in primary schools in the UK’s most deprived areas could be worth up to £3.3bn to the economy, says an Artis study.  

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 has seen a 17% decline in number of shows compared to the 2019 edition.  

Stranger Things is getting a spin-off play. People keep asking if I'm playing a demogorgon? Haven’t seen it but very flattered! :) 

Tourism & Heritage  
A new Heritage Innovation Fund has launched to help the heritage sector adapt for the 21st century and beyond.  

In case you missed it*, here are the five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year, from London’s Horniman to Manchester’s People’s History Museum (*I missed it). 

Royal Cornwall Museum is facing ‘imminent closure’ following a failed bid for council funding.  

V&A Museum director Tristram Hunt has called for a change in the law that stops museums from ‘disposing’ of works. We won’t need them in the metaverse anyway.  

Press, Books & Libraries 
UK journalism has received almost £80m in philanthropy since 2019.  

Footballer Marcus Rashford is to give away 50,000 books this summer to children. Make him Prime Minister I say.  

The Blue Peter Book Awards are being axed after 22 years, not long after the news that Costa Book Awards are ending after half a century. Yeesh. 

Exhibitions and Events  
Tate has announced its programme of exhibitions for 2023, with the first show of the year focussed on the radical Rosettis.  

The 11th edition of Sculpture in the City takes over the streets of London for a year from 22nd June. Monumental error to miss it.  

An eclectic mix of performances, old and new, have been announced for Shoreditch Town Hall’s autumn season.  

Bradford's National Science and Media Museum is opening a major new exhibition celebrating 100 years of broadcasting, featuring a young Sir David Attenborough.  

Former CEO of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton, gives his views on the future of cinema and the constant innovation he sees at Snap, where he is now chairman. Listen or watch his full chat on KindredCast about the changing face of entertainment. You do NOT want to miss it.  

A round-up of the biggest stories in media and tech you say? But everyday? And in under 5 minutes?! Take a Break from Kindred Media will give you your newsletter fix until Friday comes around.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
The Beeb has provided an update on progress on its Impartiality Plan - and announced a raft of new programmes for kids and families.  

AND ANOTHER! Amazon and the Beeb are set to join BT in showing Champions League football next season.  

James Cameron has compared the Avatar sequel saga to Lord of the Rings. Bold.  

A new in-depth analysis of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry from the BFC found that only half of fashion companies have a D&I strategy.  

Nick Beighton sits down for a chinwag with the New Statesman about building the ASOS empire and what the future holds for fast fashion.  

Music & Radio 
Europe has passed new legislation clamping down on ticket resellers for live events.  

UK Music chief exec Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has called on the government to ditch plans to permit AI companies to ‘launder’ music for new content.  

A newly-recorded version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ has been flogged for almost $1.8m at auction. I’m told that the buyer didn’t think twice. 

Two absolutely STUNNING gigs at Hyde Park last week from Adele and this new band, The Rolling Stones. Someone like you can’t always get what you want. 

Tech & Telecoms 
The FBI and MI5 have issued a joint address on the threat of the Chinese government when it comes to stealing YOUR tech.  

One in six new cars on the road in the UK last month were fully electric. Real buzz about them right now.  

Funding for startups in the US fell again in the second quarter of this year.  

TikTok is abandoning its ecommerce expansion in Europe and the US after things didn’t go *exactly* as planned during a UK trial.  

Web3 projects have lost over $2bn to hackers in the past year.  

On a similar note… Apple has announced a new Lockdown Mode which will completely shut down your device to block spyware.  

Twitter claims it currently blocks 1 million spammers every single day. 

Volkswagen is pumping $20bn into making its own electric vehicle batteries.   

The Verge on why it’s looking increasingly likely that Elon Musk is going to bail on buying Twitter. Thankfully he got almost zero press out of it, though.  

NFT startups are hiring full-time ‘vibe managers’ to boost moods in the wake of the crypto collapse. That’ll do it.  

Wired on how autonomous drones could soon run the UK’s energy grid. Why stop there? Make them Prime Minister, too.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Steve Wright is leaving his Radio 2 weekly show after 24 years, with Radio 1’s Scott Mills taking his place; Sheila Flavell has been elected as president of TechUK; Joseph Coelho has been chosen as Britain’s new children’s laureate; Matt Payton is stepping up as the new chief exec of Radiocentre, replacing the outgoing Ian Moss; Wales has appointed Hanan Issa as its first Muslim national poet; John Shakeshaft has been appointed interim chair of the Museum of the Home; former DCMS Secretary Nicky Morgan is among four new trustees for the Science Museum; Snap has hired the head of the US Secret Service, James Murray; Andrew Dagnell will be the new editor of ITV News; Karena Johnson has been appointed as head of creative collaboration & learning at the Barbican; Jodie Gilliam is the new exec director of Paines Plough; Kate Moss has been named creative director of Diet Coke 

Ed Stuff

Talked social media at the New York TimesClimate Forward summit; bigged up Rishi Sunak’s handwriting skills on BBC News; popped up on Newsnight 

...And Finally

THE ASPARAGUS HAS SPOKEN. A fortune teller known as Mystic Veg has used her deep connection with the greener things in life to predict Ben Wallace will be our next PM.  

It’s just so nice to get some GOOD news right now. A woman who is wedded to a ragdoll has made a ragdoll child - and a Mexican mayor has married an alligator. I wish them a lifetime of love and snappiness.   

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