BBC launches new ARTS At strand of programming during Museums at Night 2014

| 25 March 2014

Culture lovers will be able to experience the excitement of Museums at Night across the country this year thanks to comprehensive coverage from the BBC

A photo of a museum by a quay at night
A stream from the Imperial War Museum North will allow dance fans to see English National Ballet perform live during Museums at Night© IWM
This year’s Museums at Night will broadcast live on BBC Two as the BBC launches its new strand of arts programming, ARTS At, with a special broadcast during the May festival.

In an hour-long prime time programme scheduled for the closing Saturday night, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz will introduce highlights of this year’s after-hours events from across the country. 

Culture24's new project, VanGoYourself, which encourages members of the public to use their own photos and social media to mimic famous artworks, will also feature.

A live stream will allow audiences to watch a dance spectacular from the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, where the English National Ballet will give a full-length performance.

The One Show on BBC One, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3’s The Verb will cover key events during this year’s after-hours openings. Regional and local news channels will also be following the fun in the sixth year of the uplifting festival.

“On behalf of the hundreds of museums, galleries and heritage venues that take part in Museums at Night, Culture24 are absolutely delighted that the BBC are using this unique festival to launch its new topical arts strand,” said Jane Finnis, of the team behind Museums at Night.

“The cross-platform coverage will significantly raise the profile of the festival, giving millions of people the chance to get involved and highlighting the amazing work going on inside our arts and heritage institutions.

“Above all, it emphasises the importance of Museums at Night as the UK’s annual festival of culture.”

More than 500 museums, galleries and heritage sites are expected to take part between May 15-17. Highlights include an evening led by Grayson Perry in York, won by the Yorkshire Museum as part of a public competition, Connect10, which will send nine fellow major artists to venues ranging from Scunthorpe’s 20/21 Visual Arts to The Cardiff Story in the Welsh capital.

The Late Shows in Newcastle, LightNight in Liverpool and Scotland’s Festival of Museums will all be hoping to build on their previous successes, uniting dozens of much-loved venues for late night museum revelry throughout the weekend.

Museums at Night takes place during the weekend of May 15-17 2014.

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