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This week on The Space: John Peel Day performances and more

  • Date: 9 October 2012
  • Area: National
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The Space is a free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It aims to transform the way people connect with and experience arts and culture, by showcasing innovative content from artists, arts and cultural organisations.

Read more to find out what's coming up on The Space this week.

Watch exclusive performances from John Peel favourites The Undertones and The Fall

From midday Thursday 11 October, The Space will host exclusive performances from John Peel's favourite bands, The Undertones and The Fall. The one-off performances take place at Norwich's Epic Studios and will celebrate John Peel Day, which commemorates the revered late DJ's life and passion for new music.

The performances will raise money for the renovation of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and launch the new John Peel Festival of New Music, which will keep his legacy alive by providing a platform for experimental new music.

If that wasn't enough Peel for one week, visitors to The Space can now also find out who he listened to under 'X', the next section in his record collection to be revealed.

Also on The Space this week

Watch two more films from the Arts Council Film Collection. This week's duo of films are presented in animated form and explore the work of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Japanese great, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Every day this week, The Space will preview exclusive artworks showcased at this year's first ever World Event Young Artists, a spectacular exposition and finale to the Cultural Olympiad. The event exhibited new works from visual art to theatre and gastronomy by 1000 young creatives from 100 nations.

More photographs and short films from Mark Power will be available this week, telling the stories of the Black Country's undocumented beauty salons and gentlemen's clubs.

Watch the finale of MummyJi presents, live from Watford Palace Theatre at 8pm on Thursday 11 October as Mummyji completes her mission to launch the best new British Asian talent.

Recent highlights still available on The Space

  • Check-in to The Arena Hotel, an inspired interactive digital archive of award-winning BBC arts documentary, Arena, featuring clips from films dating back to 1975 
  • Watch the latest Tongue Fu Flicks, featuring performance poets accompanied by improvised music from the Tongue Fu band, along with archive film material and animations created and mixed by CR&D design studio in East London
  • Watch 36 Shakespeare plays performed in 36 different languages by theatre companies from around the world in the phenomenal Globe to Globe series

Further information

We are pleased to have announced that The Space will be available for a further six months until 31 March 2013.

You can access The Space now at or by viewing on connected TV or The Space channel (Freeview HD channel 232).

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