Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

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Swift Read: Let the music play – how can live music recover from Covid-19?

The UK music industry generates £5.2bn a year but Covid-19 has pushed hundreds of grassroots music venues into crisis and risks thousands of job losses. This briefing examines the issues venues face, the impact of government support and the potential role of local authorities in their recovery.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The arts: Covid-19 survival and recovery

The UK government’s funding package for the arts was widely welcomed. As well as support for a sector threatened by Covid-19, how can it enable the arts and heritage to play a wider civic role in driving social and economic recovery in communities, town centres and high streets?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Back to the beach? 5 ways to balance health and economy in reopening rural and coastal tourism

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has propitiated a global collapse in tourism: international travel income is set to drop anywhere between $910bn-1.2trn, and significant job losses are predicted in tourism hotspots. While there are signs of a shift to domestic travel, some countries welcome far more tourists than they export domestically. The UK, in contrast, exports…

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Public libraries as generators of community value and economic activity

Local governments fund the vast bulk of public library operations across Australia. This briefing looks at public libraries as generators of not only significant community value but economic activity in their local economies, through library operating expenditure and spending of library users.

Australia Briefing
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Parramatta’s new Aquatic and Leisure Centre: Future Trends

This briefing looks at the design of the new Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and provides a discussion of future trends in public pools. it will be of interest to those in recreation planning, infrastructure and major projects plus community development.

Australia Briefing
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How local governments are acknowledging National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week is a time forAustralians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Here, Dr Ed Wensing looks at the history of NRW and how local governments are engaging with their communities to acknowledge this important milestone.

Australia Briefing

Reminders from VE Day

The Improvement Service’s Alison Clark-Dick blogs about how celebrating VE Day is a reminder that we can save the generation who secured a future for us

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Swift Read: Being creative – how the arts and cultural sector is responding to Covid-19

Cultural life and participation in creative activities have changed dramatically as a result of Covid-19, and though digital technologies offer alternative ways to participate, the economic risks for the sector are significant. We look here at the creative ways the arts and cultural sector is responding.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing