Cultural Playing Field


Up for Arts Cumbria by Robin Simpson
February 7, 2014, 2:34 pm
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On Thursday I was at BBC Radio Cumbria in Carlisle to meet Jennie Dennett, our Up for Arts Cumbria Broadcaster. The Up for Arts Cumbria project is the newest of Voluntary Arts’ partnerships with BBC local radio and Jennie has made an exciting start with campaigns focussing on music and theatre (in collaboration with Making Music and NODA respectively). She is now turning her attention to the wonders of wool (in the woods) and has plans to put Cumbria’s cairns on the map in Voluntary Arts Week in May. Jennie usually works from the BBC Radio Cumbria studios in Barrow but had made the 2-hour drive to Carlisle to introduce me to the Managing Editor of the radio station, Mark Elliot. Mark emphasised BBC Radio Cumbria’s support for Up for Arts and praised the win-win nature of our partnership. I talked about the new Voluntary Arts Strategic Plan and the particular role BBC local radio might be able to play in our campaign for renewed national cultural policies to sustain and develop local cultural infrastructure. Find out more about Up for Arts Cumbria at: http://www.upforartscumbria.org and http://www.facebook.com/upforartscumbria.    

Robin Simpson.

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