Cultural Playing Field

The Case for Culture by Robin Simpson
January 27, 2015, 9:42 am
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On Monday I was interviewed by Sally Dixon from the Beamish Museum which is leading the development of the Case for Culture – a campaign initiated by the North East Culture Partnership (NECP) which was formed 18 months ago by the region’s 12 local authorities to provide a vision for culture for the North East of England. The Case for Culture will look forward to the year 2030. The campaign is modelled on the Case for Capital, a successful regional initiative 20 years ago, which was based on research carried out in the 1980s by Peter Stark, and led to the development of the Angel of the North, Sage Gateshead etc. The Case for Culture is being developed through an extensive consultation involving 20 sectors, from arts and heritage to to universities, healthcare etc. A number of organisations are being approached to to lead debates on the Case for Culture. They will be looking at what culture has to offer the North East – in relation to the economy, health & wellbeing, sense of place and communities etc. NECP is particularly keen to look at new ways of collaborating regionally, from the Tees Valley up to Berwick. I talked to Sally about the vision and mission of Voluntary Arts and the Our Cultural Commons initiative.
Robin Simpson.

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