Thought-provoking post by John Rostron from Plug 2 and co-promoter with Huw Stephens of Swn Festival.
Events like Swn don’t just fall into your lap, they’re dragged up from the pits of creativity, passion and courage. It’s a shame that an event that raises the profile of Cardiff/Wales and encourages much positive exposure for the cultural arts here – not to mention the global links it forges by bringing over international acts – is still struggling to source funding.
It makes you wonder if there wasn’t a ‘name’ like Huw Stephens behind it if Swn would have existed at all….
Read the post and bear it in mind if you’re ever in the circles of the people of influence.
Read the full post here
For those in The Smoke: Equity will be demonstrating in Parliament Square this Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 11.00am to convince the government to undo the damage being done to live entertainment by the current licensing regime.
More info here
The background to the demonstration is that after lobbying by Equity, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music , the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee made a number of recommendations to Government for improvements to the Licensing Act. While the Government agreed to important changes that will make life easier for travelling entertainment such as circuses and Punch and Judy shows, it rejected three important recommendations:
- An exemption for small venues.
- A return of the “two-in-a-bar” rule where no licence is required.
- Action to cut red tape.