Official announcement – Arts Council England (ACE) and Freesat are proud to announce that new digital arts service The Space is now available on Freesat Channel 908.
The on demand service, developed by ACE in partnership with the BBC, is a fantastic way for audiences to experience the arts, music and film during an extraordinary summer of culture in the UK.
Highlights available now include early films by Ridley Scott and Ken Russell from the BFI archive; the sold out performance of The Trojans from London’s Royal Opera House, an exclusive interview between Stephen Fry and Tracey Emin live from the Turner Contemporary and live full-length Shakespeare from The Globe Theatre’s incredible Globe to Globe series including a hip hop interpretation of Othello. The Space is not currently available to all Freesat homes in the UK but the aim is to reach all homes over time
From next Monday viewers will also be able to enjoy highlights from the London 2012 BT River of Music concerts featuring The Scissor Sisters, the Noisettes and a host of musicians from around the world performing on 6 international stages along the River Thames.
Fresh content is added to The Space every week.
Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said:
While the nation’s eyes will be focused on the summer of sport in the UK, there is also an amazing summer of culture, with World class arts, culture and film on show across the country. I am delighted that Freesat is able to take part by hosting the BBC and Arts Council’s new digital arts service, The Space. This exciting venture will make some of the most innovative, creative and contemporary visual arts available for viewers everywhere.
About The Space
The Space is a new on-demand digital arts service available free of charge via the internet, smartphones, tablets and connected TV, on Freesat, and has been developed by the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC.
The Space is helping transform the way people connect with and experience the arts, music and film and is helping artists to innovate and experiment digitally.
It launched on 1 May for a trial period running until the end of October, coinciding with and complementing the wealth of arts activity in 2012, including the London 2012 Festival and wider Cultural Olympiad.