Five hours of ‘culture’ a week for kids

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Guardian reports:

The green paper (to be published this month by The Department of Media, Culture and Sport ) is also expected to call for a £200m national film centre, as well as 19 other schemes intended to turn Britain into the ‘world’s creative hub’. Other pledges include the launching of a global arts conference, dubbed the ‘World Creative Economy Forum’ modelled on Davos, the creation of a new college of digital media and the protection of live music venues such as the Astoria and the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The government is also expected to reveal plans for a new creative festivals season, a new film centre on London’s South Bank and a permanent home for London fashion week.

Under plans to be announced by Gordon Brown and the culture secretary, Andy Burnham, children will be given the right to ‘five hours of culture a week’ encouraging them to visit galleries and museums, attend the theatre, or study a musical instrument.

And some 1,000 creative apprenticeships for young people are also being proposed, which will be managed by a new Skills Academy.

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