South Bank Centre
Note: The sbc covers the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and National Film Theatre.
Norman Lebrecht in The Daily Telegraph advises the Arts Council on what steps should be taken to save the South Bank Centre.
Stuart adds, 'Well actually he recommends the abolition of the Arts Council for the umpteenth time. Still no clear idea what would replace it. Dance is actually rather good on the South Bank and I have had plenty of fine evenings there this year.
THINGS that go bump in the dead of August are seldom a symptom of strategic foresight. The departure of Karsten Witt, chief executive of London's squalid South Bank Centre, was officially ascribed to "a major organisational review". Once the full facts are known, it may look more like major organisational confusion.more...
Two weeks before Witt went bump, the South Bank board assured Parliament in an annual financial statement that its artistic life "continued to flourish" and its development plans were proceeding apace. No need to ditch the pilot, you'd think, let alone conduct a six-month self-examination. But beneath the face-saving formulas of an overspun press statement stands a national institution that no longer knows which way is up.
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