Weekly Roundup (20-24 May 2013)

24 May 2013

A round-up of this week's news and activities from across the arts, cultural and education sector.

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More than 100 free schools applications approved

From 2014, 102 new free schools are set to open after being granted approval from the Department for Education. This will create more than 50,000 new school places. Read more

Read the BBC review on this issue and find out on The Guardian the full list of the free schools approved for 2014 opening.

Kids Court

On its way, a week full of plays, workshops and special events curated by young playwrights aged 8-11. This a good opportunity to involve young people in theatre. Read more

Marketing Projects for Young People in the Arts, Youth and Cultural Sectors

A one-day course that aims to explore ways to develop effective marketing techniques for youth arts projects. The session offers practical examples and structures for planning marketing strategy, including the use of new social media and managing public relations with the local community. Read more

Research into the library of the future

This week, Arts Council England published a major research project that aims to give a better understanding of what libraries could and should look like in the future. Read more

Music Education Hubs

In the spirit of the first National Music Education Hub conference organised by the Arts Council England, we have put together a Storify that gathers some of the Twitter activity from the event.

Along with this, A New Direction's Culture Associate, Michael Judge, presented an overview of the event.