Here is the news - of 1994: The arts
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Sunday 02 January 1994
Junior National Heritage minister Iain Sproat - who claimed a footnote in cultural history by suggesting that libraries charge for lending books and that the Serpentine Gallery be turned into riding stables - will be reshuffled. But the Serpentine Gallery, along with the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, could be an early victim of the growing cash problems in the arts. The Royal Opera House will announce a drastic revision of its pounds 150m redevelopment scheme.
But the English Shakespeare Company, though officially deceased, will be resurrected as a touring educational service. And the cries of doom in the West End will be silenced as theatre managements open on Sundays and charge half price for youngsters.
This newspaper's campaign for cheaper CDs will receive a jolt, I fear. The Monopolies Commission is likely to side with the record companies. At least compact discs will be very much around at the end of the year. Mini discs might be there to keep them company, but expect the low-selling digital compact cassette to bid a clean, pure, digital, remastered farewell.
Alan Cumming and Fiona Shaw will win Olivier awards for their performances in Cabaret and Machinal respectively. Britain's new national museum of modern art will be in the old Bankside power station. Salman Rushdie will come out of hiding.
Finally, if you think you're cultured, name this year's European city of culture. Come to that, name last year's]
Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by
Nelson Mandela: From 'terrorist' to tea with the Queen
UK weather: People urged to remain vigilant as high tides and strong winds continue through the night
Nelson Mandela death: his life in pictures
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Australian ultra-nationalist politician Stephanie Banister in car crash immigration TV interview
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail
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