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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 January 2007, 10:41 GMT
Protest day for college campaign
Dartington
The college has taught some of the biggest names in the arts
Campaigners trying to save a Devon performing arts college are holding a day of protest.

The owners of Dartington College of Arts say relocating may be the only way to secure its future, but many students are opposed to any move.

The Totnes area has been home to the college since 1961.

Events being held on Sunday include a protest march from the college to Totnes Civic Hall at noon, and a public meeting at the hall at 1400 GMT.

Merger or move

After the meeting at the civic hall, there will be performances compered by local comedian Matt Harvey, and a concert by the Totnes Jazz Collective at the Seven Stars.

The college was founded out of a social experiment in rural reconstruction and has taught some of the biggest names in the arts, including Benjamin Britten, Ravi Shankar and John Cage.

The estate where the college is based is now owned by the Dartington Hall Trust which leases buildings to the college, one of the smallest of its kind in the UK with 680 students.

There is limited student accommodation available at Dartington and the college said it was considering a merger or a move to Falmouth or Plymouth to preserve its long-term future.

Objectors said the whole essence of the college came from its relationship with the trust that runs the 850-acre estate.


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