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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Ballets Russes brought back to life on film


    A tiny lost treasure of ballet history has been discovered – 30 seconds of the Ballets Russes dancing in 1928, the only film ever found of a performance by one of the most influential and famous companies in dance history.

    The scrap of silent black-and-white news reel was spotted wrongly labelled in the British Pathé online archive by a dance enthusiast, and identified by Jane Pritchard, curator of the recent exhibition about the company at the V&A museum in London.

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  • Ottawa: B.C.'s cutbacks hit many


    The B.C. government "hurt a lot of cultural organizations" when it cut funding without consultation, the federal minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages said Friday in Victoria.

    "I think that there's a policy problem when it comes to culture funding in the province of British Columbia overall," James Moore told reporters at a news conference at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, citing unstable year-by-year or one-off funding. B.C. decisions made largely without consultation "hurt a lot of cultural organizations in the province and I think that was a mistake that I hope both provincial parties learn from."

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  • Cultural groups ‘holding steady' amid tumultuous times.


    It was neither a great year nor an awful one for Canadian cultural institutions. As ever, there were changes aplenty, but nothing that could be considered convulsive, at least compared with 2008, when the Harper government cancelled the Trade Routes, Arts Promotion and Exhibition Transportation Service programs, among several others.

    A convulsion may happen in a couple of years when Canadian Heritage, which accounts for about $2 of every $5 spent by all levels of government on arts and culture, will have to cut at least $60-million to help Prime Minister Stephen Harper achieve his goal of a balanced budget by 2015. For the time being, though, if one disregards the significant whacks to culture initiated by provincial governments in British Columbia and Alberta, there's a feeling of “holding steady” across the land.

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