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Overall the day was very useful, having the advantage of being much more focussed than the Creative Industries event (although both were very useful for networking and making new contacts!). The standard of debate was very high I felt, and much more mature than I've seen at previous events. We all know money is at the route of the problem but there seems a genuine will amongst the performing arts sector to communicate and collaborate. There was overwhelming support for more regular gatherings between producers and presenters.

The Minister made a very upbeat speech, with figures in it, and she seemed very optimistic about the outcome of this Thursday's spending announcements.

Paul Allen (ex-Kaleidoscope presenter) talked about Wales and its perceptions in England, pointing to barriers which we all need to overcome to get the message out that Wales is cool. Some of what he said probably made some people bristle a bit but top marks to him for being frank, quietly provocative and humourous.

Peter Tyndall, ACW's new Chief Exec, on his first public appearance on day six of the job, spoke quietly and eloquently about the future outlook of the new arts council and gave commitments to greater and closer consultation. It seemed the general reception was very warm.

Despite all the issues of the last few years and chronic underfunding (England still spends £2 per head of population more than Wales on direct arts council grant-in-aid) there were pointers to a rosier more positive future and there was a genuine feeling that by working together we could achieve a great deal more.
Valleys Arts Marketing  
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Dave Newland
Wednesday, October 10, 2001back



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