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DEA BIRKETT Resetting ‘the norm’

Dea Birkett wants to be surprised as she celebrates the Edinburgh Fringe It’s my 20th Edinburgh Fringe, but I’m not the only one celebrating. The Fringe is 70, and although it has “defying the norm” ...

DEA BIRKETT Time, gentlemen...

Dea Birkett wonders if there should be a time limit on how long artistic directors can stay in control How long should a good man be in power? David Lan, artistic director at London’s Young Vic, is ...

DEA BIRKETT Who should fill the culture seat?

Whoever was the victor in yesterday’s poll, we will almost certainly have a new Secretary of State for Culture. Dea Birkett has the job description There’s one outcome from this coming election that ...

DEA BIRKETT Look at it that way

The arts tend to preach to the converted, thinks Dea Birkett, when in the real world they should be challenging How free are the arts to take a stand? I was recently trying to pitch a television documentary, ...

DEA BIRKETT Out of our class

The classroom is
not the first place of learning, and it’s time the importance of informal education was acknowledged, says Dea Birkett Why are we so obsessed with school? When we talk about learning ...