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Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2012, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at http://matthewsyard.com/support provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
4,827 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Matthew Hancock MP

Support games culture by funding the British Games Institute

If you've ever played a video game, you've probably played one made in the UK. From the breath-taking creativity of Monument Valley and LittleBigPlanet, the grand strategies of Total War and Football Manager, the exhilaration of F1 and Forza, the glorious exploration of Elite, the joy of Lego and Worms to the freedom and sophistication of Grand Theft Auto and Batman, the British have a genius for making games. We have made world-class games for nearly 40 years, but the studios that make our games face massive challenges in raising the money needed to develop games, fighting low public and media recognition of games' impact on our culture and economy, and real difficulties accessing the skills to keep our games world-class. British games contribute well over £1 billion to the country's economy every year but government funding for the art form that is games has been negligible. Some still question whether games are even an art form. In this day and age! Many of the most influential people in games, finance, the arts and education believe that it's high time games had a single national public agency to champion games. This new agency will address these challenges by funding the production of cultural games, backing cultural projects like games festivals and heritage, and sourcing cutting edge skills through online training. The www.britishgamesinstitute.com is a proposal backed by over 500 games, arts, finance and educational organisations, as well as both trade bodies TIGA and Ukie. But it won't happen unless politicians understand how important games are to UK people like you. We need your help to persuade government to fund the British Games Institute. Please sign up now to support British games culture and fund the BGI.

Ian Livingstone
10,695 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Josepha Madigan, Denis Naughten, Leo Varadkar, Joan Burton, Jack Chambers, Ruth Coppinger, Richard Bruton

Save our national orchestras!

RTÉ has announced a review of their orchestral provision, meaning that 31 musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra will lose their jobs from June 2018. These two orchestras, which have been an intrinsic element of Irish musical culture for almost 70 years, have long been a standard-bearer when it comes to public outreach and involvement in the Irish music scene. Should these cuts go ahead, two very valuable and necessary musical organisations will be damaged, perhaps irrevocably. The future of classical music in Ireland is in great danger. The implications of these cuts are shocking, especially given that Arts and Music Education in Ireland is already severely underfunded, and one of the worst systems in the whole of Europe. Something needs to be done to preserve and develop these orchestral institutions. Especially in light of recent and not-so-recent events in world and national politics, it's vital we fight to preserve these organisations that exist purely to bring people together, break down boundaries, and express some of the strongest and most vulnerable human emotions, through the medium of sound.  We strongly believe that this is not a matter for RTÉ alone to decide and that the responsibility is jointly held between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council, RTÉ and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We call on the Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, and Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, to immediately halt the progress of the current report and to proceed with establishing and implementing a national strategy on orchestral provision, ensuring the maintenance and development of existing orchestras. Take action to support and save our national orchestras, and ensure the continuance of a rich musical culture in Ireland. Sign and share.  #LoveYourOrchestras

Sarah Joyce
16,899 supporters