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Culture & Press news – Embassy 8 – May 2008

Attachés visit new cultural quarter

The transformation of Kings Cross into an emerging cultural quarter was the topic for the first event of Visiting Arts' cultural attaché programme for 2008/09.

Twenty two attachés representing 17 missions attended a seminar to find out more about the largest development in central London for 160 years.

Attachés heard presentations from  representatives of the many creative and cultural organisations relocating there.

Gill Henderson introduced attachés to CreateKX, the agency coordinating the cultural quarter, and Penny Hamilton gave a talk on the British Library's pioneering move to King's Cross. Kenneth Tharp and Chris Thomson gave a briefing on The Place, Britain's centre for contemporary dance, and Diana Spielberg told attachés about international music producers, Serious. 

Andrew Burke of the London Sinfonietta and Stephen Carpenter of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will benefit from the opening of King's Hall, London's first new concert hall since the Barbican opened 25 years ago.

The group was then given a tour of Kings Place on Regent's Canal, by its developer, Peter Millican of Parabola Land. In addition to the concert hall, Kings Place also houses two art galleries.

The new development is a welcome addition for attachés struggling to find venues for their visiting artists in the capital's overcrowded art scene.

The Visiting Arts programme is developed for cultural attachés to familiarise them with the UK arts sector across the UK. For more information, contact Sioned Hughes on sioned.hughes@visitingarts.org.uk

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