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Nigeria with about 150 million people, 250 ethnic nationalities, steeped in history and cultural heritage is playing host to one of the largest arts and crafts Expo in Africa. It is envisaged that over five thousand crafts entrepreneurs from Nigeria and most African countries and non African countries are expected to showcase the best of their creative industries to the delight of over one million visitors (domestic and foreign) expected during the period of the Expo.
The arts are increasingly an essential part of New Zealanders daily lives according to a report released today by Creative New Zealand.
It's a brave arts festival director who takes on culture's sacred cows - the artists - and challenges them to speak more plainly to their audiences. Melbourne International Arts Festival artistic director Brett Sheehy will do just that. Sheehy, will also urge Australia's funding bodies, arts administrators and board members to stop using a particular form of arts-speak that he describes as "full of obfuscation, abstraction, wooliness and spin".
Renowned for her energy and can-do approach, former Andrews Lane Theatre director Pat Moylan is not daunted by taking over as chairwoman of the Arts Council at a time of recession and spending cuts. In fact, she prefers it that way.
This important project seeks to clarify and address issues around audience development and experience in the arts, recognising that in constrained economic times, it is of greater than ever importance that arts organisations maximise engagement with, and revenue from, their audiences.
Audiences Wales has published two new arts marketing training guides. The new Learning On Demand resources are aimed at people new to arts marketing who want to learn at their own pace or need something on hand when working on marketing projects.