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Are Audiences Killing Culture?

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 November 2013

In a bid to reach new audiences, theatre is increasingly moving off the stage and the visual arts are coming out of the gallery, but is this a welcome trend? Matthew Sweet chairs the Free Thinking panel: BALTIC Curator Godfrey Worsdale, critic Sarah Kent, artist Wolfgang Weileder and Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke, the arts company responsible for a puppet elephant parading through London and Durham's Lumiere street light festival.

Producer: Fiona McLean

Image Credit: 'The Sultan's Elephant' by Royal de Luxe, produced in London in 2006 by Artichoke. Photo copyright Sophie Laslett.

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    Artichoke will be contributing to the Lumiere festivals in Durham from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 November and Derry-Londonderry from Thursday 28 November until Sunday 1 December 2013.


    Image Credit: 'The Sultan's Elephant' by Royal de Luxe, produced in London in 2006 by Artichoke. Photo copyright Sophie Laslett.


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