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LIVINGSTONE INTRODUCES LONDON'S NEW ARTS CABINET

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Ken Livingstone is to introduce London's new 'cultural cabinet' today - and the team is marked out by its emphasis ...
Ken Livingstone is to introduce London's new 'cultural cabinet' today - and the team is marked out by its emphasis on involving the capital's black community, reported The Observer (p8).

The make-up of his strategy group, which is to work on policy for the arts and sport, has been designed to thumb its nose at complaints about potential elitism.

Although big establishment personalities, such as Nick Serota, who runs the Tate Galleries, have been selected, the majority are grassroots workers.

Among the names on the list is that of Nicolas Kent, director of north London's Tricycle Theatre, who shaped much of the mayor's arts policy.

Another major player in his election campaign entourage, the actor Neil Pearson, has declined a role with the cultural group but will be a special adviser.

The group is to be chaired by a black woman, and also includes two disabled theatre practitioners.

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