Cultural Playing Field


Up for Arts Lancashire by Robin Simpson
August 20, 2013, 4:20 pm
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On Tuesday I was in Blackburn to visit Helen Randle at BBC Radio Lancashire. Helen is the Broadcast Manager for our Up for Arts Lancashire project – a partnership between Voluntary Arts England, BBC Radio Lancashire and Lancashire County Council. To date we have run campaigns focussed on creative writing, dance and textile crafts – including dance sessions in 9 libraries across Lancashire and the wonderful People’s Patchwork project. The next focus for Up for Arts is singing – Lancashire in Harmony will include 13 sessions led by conductors who run community choirs across the country and will culminate in the formation of an Up for Arts Choir in time for Christmas. We are also about to launch the Lancashire part of our Volunteering in the Arts project in partnership with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). Our aim is to match 25 volunteers with NODA members across Lancashire, encouraging BBC staff, County Council employees and students from local colleges and universities to volunteer to support amateur theatre groups. Lancashire County Council is providing strong support for Up for Arts and helping us develop links with libraries and museums. On Tuesday I also met John Clayton, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Lancashire, who stressed how important Up for Arts is to the radio station. It was great to see how the Up for Arts model, developed over the past few years with BBC Radio Merseyside, is now being used so effectively in a very different context in Lancashire. For more details see: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/take-part/up-for-arts-project/up-for-arts-lancashire/

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