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Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that will transform London for one night on 2 July. From a luxury flat on the Strand to a disused Jubilee line platform in Charing Cross Underground station, a range of buildings and public spaces across Westminster will form the stage for a series of large-scale art installations and performances for one night only.

Art Night is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions who, each year, will invite a leading cultural institution and curator to work in a different area of London, exploring the history, culture and architecture.

This first edition, generously supported by international auction house Phillips and co-funded from the London First legacy fund, is curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), with curator Kathy Noble. In 2017, Art Night will focus on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. More details here.

Art Night is part of a substantial area of work London First is supporting in relation to the night-time economy. Worth nearly £70bn a year to the UK economy, the sector is facing threats – with half of London’s music venues and clubs having closed down in the past 10 years. The GLA have announced a 6-month Commission to look at how best to protect and manage the night time economy. London First have been invited to sit on this Commission to ensure a strong business voice is brought to the discussion. The Commission aims to publish a final report in the autumn.

In parallel EY and London First are preparing an economic impact study to quantify the value of the night time economy, examining sectors and issues not commonly associated with the sector, such as those servicing international markets, sporting arenas, theatres and attractions, as well as the Higher Education sector.

The headline figures from the research will be used to convene a broader group of business interests around the issue. The aim is to understand if there are interventions around which business can agree, and feed these into the outputs of the Commission.

For more information on Art Night, The Night Time Commission and the EY research please contact Tim Scott, tscott@londonfirst.co.uk

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