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These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

The Week In Arts: If you live outside London, you don't matter

Last year I noted my surprise on seeing a production of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! in High Wycombe complete with recorded music but no orchestra. I thought it a little off that the production magically found an orchestra when it played in London. This week that rather bizarre policy became official. The Arts Council gave a sizeable grant for a new work by Bourne, which again will have recorded music everywhere apart from the capital.

The Week In Arts: The art of outrage needs to find new targets

There's a rather illuminating series running on Radio 4 at the moment. The Cultural State is a history of attitudes towards the arts in Britain, and is presented by the station's estimable arts reporter John Wilson. John is the son of the former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, a fact of no cultural relevance whatsoever, unless one counts some of Wilson senior's more cultured saves.

MPs attack history tour as a pub crawl funded by taxpayers

It's the kind of kitty that beer drinkers dream of - £15,000 to spend on a pub crawl. So when a group of Birmingham artists were handed that amount to organise a tour of the city's watering holes, the critics were quick to have their say.

Diana fountain may have to close permanently, warns designer

An award-winning designer predicted yesterday that the problem-plagued Diana Memorial Fountain will have to close permanently in six months.

Turbulent saga of Scottish Opera goes on as chairman quits

The search for a new chairman for the crisis-ridden Scottish Opera was under way yesterday after the incumbent, Duncan McGhie, announced he was to quit the company, which has massive debts and is in the middle of negotiations over redundancies.

Arts agency 'should leave London'

Arts Council England should move from London and set up its headquarters in the regions as a "symbolic statement" of commitment to projects outside the capital, according to a leading independent think-tank.

Scottish Opera plans massive job cuts to stave off cash crisis

A third of the staff of the Scottish Opera, including the chorus, are facing the axe as the company battles to solve a mounting cash crisis.

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