Windows on the World: Keeping Them Open

The future for publicly funded forms of cultural expression, information and entertainment is the subject of an open forum being held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 16 July.

Organised by Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) - an independent, not-for-profit association working for quality, diversity and editorial independence in broadcasting - and supported by the University's Institute of Communications Studies (ICS), the forum will seek to examine the uncertain future that faces broadcasting, libraries and the arts. These outlets offer people 'windows on the world', a means of connecting with others and a space for debate. Are these spaces and resources now at risk?

Chairing the meeting is the University's Judith Stamper (ICS). Other panel members are Garry Lyons (School of Performance and Cultural Industries), Sylvia Harvey, Visiting Professor in Broadcasting Policy (ICS), Lauren Smith, (founding member of the national libraries advocacy group Voices for the Library), and Sheena Wrigley (General Director and Joint Chief Executive, West Yorkshire Playhouse).

The event is on Saturday 16 July at 2pm in the Congreve Room, West Yorkshire Playhouse.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available from 1.45pm.

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