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]
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- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
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Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle
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'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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