Debate: The Arts

London’s Arts programme, can it charge affordable rates and survive cultural boundaries?

One of the most cultural sectors of the British establishment is the Arts. Mostly around London as most known with Museums, galleries and theatre, London is jam packed with them.

The Arts often rely’s on funding from the government and has since suffered cuts since 2010 as with many other services and evil welfare cuts from the Conservative government. Using the excuse of underperformance by the Arts to cut the program substantially from funding, many have seen sales and cultural interest dip.

So can people come to a show and be cultured whilst feeling justified in their payments?

Most who would like to go but are struggling with daily life are classed as not interested nor cultured. Branding with assumption, the poor are sacrificed to miss out instead. Shut out from this thought, the class divide has risen. Poor communities have seen that the shut out means by assumption, that the Arts is for those who are snobbish and can afford such extravagance, or as they call them, the rich.

But if the Arts charged affordable rates, for the exhibitions or plays etc that are worth the cost, people will pay. They might pay 5 – 7 pounds for certain gallery exhibitions for example and maybe stretch to 10. Anything about would be unsubstantial and deter them from it.

Can you expect a ‘poor’ community to go and see a stone found in the soil from so many years ago for say fifty pounds? Can you ask them to part with huge amounts or at least to them? Something that Arts directors may think is affordable for them with the ‘I would go to it’ mindset won’t be so inviting for others. Those also assumitively classed as uncultured as above, would, by that thought then, not come. The more distant they grow the more uncomfortable they become. Everyone of us tends to, at least a majority, backtrack to what we know as comfortable in order to feel secure. We can make sense of what we know, but not the unknown. After this spreads to a town of most people not visiting any form of the Arts or Culture prompts them to join the community they know. With the ‘No one from round ‘ere likes that stuff’ chitter chatter, a town then becomes isolated. In that town will sit many cultured individuals that may want to experience forms of culture deemed only accessible, also by location, to classy or upper toffs. So then, if it makes everything affordable, at the cost of what the showcase is worth with sustainable pricing, the Arts would have more depth to grow and even possibly produce a more cultural scenario that can pull even communities back together. Or even network two completely different ones with rewarding life experiences.

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St. George’s Day and it’s Great Britons

 

St.George’s Day and it’s Great Britons

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Today is St. George’s Day in England. The patron saint of Great Britain. In Britain we have national holidays called bank holidays. These are days off of work to celebrate our national heritage. A few years ago, however, the Conservative government decided that workers were getting “too many” bank holidays and they needed to cut some. In the end they decided to cut one. St. George’s Day. The celebration of England was decided not to be celebrated. Yet every other holiday was kept in tact. Yet the government are trying to bribe workers to vote for them at the next 2015 general election to retain power. They have circled around workers to support their sadistic welfare reforms which penalise the poor trying to receive help through a measly portion of state benefits.

Workers also claim benefits which the government allows without any repercussions. In 2015, the Tory government plan to obliterate the benefit state for under 25 year old’s completely by not allowing them any benefit claims, which is said to eventually be rolled out to stop everyone receiving all benefits entirely.

They also plan to privatise the NHS Health service, which means if you have no money on demand being rushed to hospital or insurance, you are likely to die.

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After this, the Conservatives, who are keeping it secret like the did before they got elected in 2010 under false pretenses, plan to stop pensioners and worker benefits. After they use them to get elected and “on their side” will then turn on them over the next five years.

So in honour of a Great Britain let us celebrate a few great Britons without any government interference or abuse. To which all these Great Brits would be thoroughly ashamed of, for ruining British identity and national heritage.

St. George was a brave Roman soldier who fought against torture of upper class abusers. He was most famous in folklore tales for slaying a Dragon as his defining moment as England’s patron saint.

Countries also celebrating St George’s Day include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. Cities include Genoa in Italy, Beirut in Lebanon, Qormi and Victoria in Malta, Moscow in Russia, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and many others. It is also celebrated in the old Crown of Aragon in Spain — Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca.

Don’t forget us in Eurovision to all mentioned above. 🙂 More on that coming over next week or so.

William Shakespeare

Celebrating his 450th birthday, England’s greatest ever playwright is the staple of British culture.

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Sir Isaac Newton

Scientist famed for theory of Gravity.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

People’s Princess shrouded in controversial death/assassination. (Allegedly.) Famous for caring nature and work with world AIDS charity

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Charles Darwin

Theorist within species and of Evolution theory.

Charles Dickens

Greatest author of literature.

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John Lennon

Peace advocate and monumental musician.

Horatio Nelson

Unconventional tactician of naval fleets, achieving sterling results.

Captain James Cook

Famous voyager in Royal Navy.

Sir Francis Drake

Sailor and tidal navigator of marinal world.

Winston Churchill

Free speech supporter and top Conservative politician.

Henry VIII

Leading British monarch.

Elizabeth I

Virgin Queen and surprise daughter of success to Henry VIII, earning Golden Age reign. Most desirable Queen.

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World Pride: London

World Pride: London

As preparations begin for World Pride Day, celebrated in London on Saturday July 7th, formerly and still collectively known as London Pride, many speculate the event overall, as problems arise on the underlying surface.

In the run up to the event, which will see a Parade travel through Central London to celebrate liberation from oppression in the 21st century, Pride has been somewhat knocked by the handling.

Numerous do not feel proud, nor happy to be at the event, most feel has become a gathering for either all of Soho’s businesses to latch on to boost sales in bars and establishments, dejected from the event, as now being used to highlight to a worldly scale to show off rather than celebrate the country and its LGBT culture.

Some want to go but are put off, also feeling lost or non-important and shutout of the proceedings which is meant to encourage them to join in and be a t one with themselves and one another, from all walks of life in general, to meet people and be united.

For some this has not been the case. Feeling shut out or that the event has been altered to fit with a “brief” of some sort to show to the world what it offers when other world places celebrate.

Many simply don’t know anything about it, what happens and the festivals going on in the fortnight before the parade day nor the happenings after the march leading into the evening.

Pride do not update nor upload any information on what to expect, just a few names for a free concert and the map pulled from Google to show the parade event. Many don’t know whether they must stand in one space down the roads at railings or whether they must move with the parade. Others don’t know how to be a part of the parade or what to do with it.

Without any forward thinking, which has happened for years, many feel this is a big showoff event that is only for the twinks, or fit, buff toned beauties in their pants to show off, and in hindsight, gives the reputation of the LGBT community an inaccurate presentation, which continues to encourage abuse and hatred.

Some Islamic activists also plan to boycott the events around London preaching hate speech.

It is liberation that allowed you to stand there and abuse people, perhaps you should think about that?

Regardless, the biggest hit must have come when Patrick Williams, the chair of Pride London, finally resigned earlier this week.

It seems that the government and officials only jump on the band wagon, once the world does something. As diverse as London is, it chooses to stage an event once other parts of the world do so, so it can say we are doing it too. London used to be able to do its own thing and still be recognised for it.

Accusations that London Mayor, Boris Johnson and his seniors vetoed Gay Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell the opportunity to speak at the event on Saturday.

Mayor Boris, with his stereotypical pink cowboy hat

When questioned in City Hall, Jenny Jones who challenged for the role of Mayor posed the question to Johnson. Boris turned the question around to the campaigner being a member of the Green party. Most have no idea that Peter Tatchell was a member of the Green party, as never expressed by himself, as Jenny Jones mentions also.

Jones, a Green party politician, came third in the polls of seven candidates for the role of London Mayor.

Mistakes to the fiasco causing the head to resign as chair saw Smirnoff and Gaydar, plough more than £60,000 to allow the diverse event to function better, after Pride had not received enough financial support from the Conservative government. The Mayor had the opportunity to rescue the operation, which he claimed was “too late” to fund resources, which many feel is simply a blatantly lie or pass off to cover the fact they simply did not want to put money into an event for London’s LGBT community, liberation, and the most cultural capital in the world, London, currently in a state of Democracy, seemingly. The pride parade costs are claimed to be up to £100,000 or nearbouts.

Those running the proceedings are said to have used expensive contractors, from low support initially. Both City Hall and Pride bookers would not accept responsibility on both parts for causing a mass problem in running the festivities. Stakeholder, financers and advertisers were not included to help support the showcase further. The Mayor did not consult with a wider outreach of the LGBT community neither to gauge the level of detail wanting to be included to stage a solution. The GLA are believed to be demanding Pride to use certain contractors.

It is the Mayor’s role and duty to save and continue the Pride event. Many politicians have tried to cut the funding and allow the whole design to collapse in order for it to willingly fail to dissolve into nothingness. Pride is heading to its 40th anniversary, since beginning in 1972, which will see veterans lead the parade ceremony. London and its Mayoral team gagged the commission from being allowed to mention certain details to the LGBT community and press. The Pride event is seen more as a charity, than anything else. Last year Prime Minister David Cameron invited figures of the gay community who help drive the economy or support charities to a dining evening at No 10 Downing Street, by invitation only. Many felt it was to acquire what is now dubbed “the pink vote” in order to remain in politics.

What a shambles. Add some sequins!

Usually in the parade, floats are travelling though this year, they have been sensationally cut, but one item is allowed! Shopping Trolleys! Seriously! Decorate your trolley my dear, however no supermarkets have publicly advertised supplying them.

The event taking place just three weeks before the Olympic Games highlights a mass embarrassement to Westminster and the country at large.

With such a diverse, unique collective of independent people, unswayed by the mass media and capable of their own mind and decisions, while never hurting anyone in the process and just getting on with it, suffering continual abuse, while we have moved on from all forms of –ism consisting of racism, feminism, islamaphobia, terrorism and many more oppressive situations, the only thing left in the world to truly have an equal society is with the LGBT community. It is the one brushed under the carpet, but the last sole milestone to complete in stamping out abuse and differentially. If we truly live in a world that wants rid of abuse to faith, skin colour or any other form of abuse, surely this should be dealt with also? How can we allow something as big as Racism to become free to encourage Democracy, yet oppress others because it doesn’t “fit” the mainstream, or has are politicians filled with bigotry from the beginning?

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Boris has barred Tatchell from speaking at LGBT events and in City Hall, which casts a serve level of discourse and distance to the LGBT community and what is really occurring in Westminster with its snobby politicians. One outcome is clear. Pride, and its community need to move forward rather than quietly trying to let it come into problems to use as an excuse to say that after 40 years, it can ‘quietly dissolve’ and disappear. The LGBT community are the most passionate, caring and supportive people in the world. They help charities and others, they support people in trouble. If you were dying on the street, they would wait with you, help nurse you and look after you instead of others who blindly look, leave or disappear and ignore. Many are individuals with their own mind who don’t follow crowds and contribute to society peacefully, supportively and democratically. If we were to loose this, to the street hatred we have now, encouraging mob culture, destruction and a lack in morals, we would all lose what London and the UK supposedly, truly stands for.