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Culture Everyone - A cultural strategy for Adur & Worthing Councils

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Introduction to Culture Everyone - A cultural strategy for Adur & Worthing Councils

Culture Everyone

On 1st October 2013, Adur & Worthing Councils formally approved a Joint Cultural Strategy.

A multi-disciplinary team of officers from Regeneration, Worthing Theatres, Worthing Museum, Communities, Corporate Strategy (consultation) and Finance, led by a Strategic Director worked to produce the strategy, which was designed to build on the current cultural offer and provide a basis for investment in the future.

The strategy was prepared as part of the Council's work in identifying its priorities for the future and to ensure that a large area of the council's business has some structure and vision for its development over the next five to ten years.

The strategy is a means to support funding applications to external funders such as the Arts Council and the various lottery organisations, but also ensures that investment in the areas we have defined as being cultural services or activities is directed as many recent research documents are finding that this is an important factor in generating economic growth. This strategy starts a dialogue and presents an action plan that places culture at the heart of the regeneration of our communities.

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What is Culture?

Culture is defined widely and includes:

  • the performing, visual and public arts
  • media, fashion, video and film
  • museums, archives, libraries and literature
  • sports events, facilities and development
  • the built and social heritage, landscape, countryside recreation, parks, open spaces
  • children's play, festivals and informal leisure pursuits entertainment and events

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Priorities

There are four priorities for Culture Everyone:

Priority 1Priority 1 - Revitalising Places: culture is an integral part of the success of the area and makes a vital contribution to the quality of people's lives.

Priority 2Priority 2 - Attracting and Retaining Businesses: - the cultural and social environment is a key factor in business re-location decisions - ranking higher than housing, transport and schools.

Priority 3Priority 3 - Developing Talent: arts based opportunities can help people develop confidence, communication skills and other life skills which help when seeking employment.

Priority 4Priority 4 - Visitors and Identity: the proximity to the coast and the South Downs national park and all that this offers in terms of cultural potential is crucial to success in accessing visitors.

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Consultation report

In February and March 2013, Adur & Worthing Councils asked you how you want us to support, promote and develop what you enjoy about culture.

The Consultation Report is included below:

If you want to find out more please contact us on culture@adur-worthing.gov.uk

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Cultural Business Hub Questionnaire

Adur & Worthing Councils and our partners, through the Culture Everyone consultation, have identified the need for a small business start-up units within the area.

Through the Strategy's accompanying Action Plan, we are keen to investigate potential sites and sources of external funding for the creation of a cultural business hub.

We carried out further research with the cultural sector in order to take this forward and a questionnaire was used to ascertain more specific requirements of cultural business and results will be used as an evidence base for funding bids.

The questionnaire ran until 30th April 2014.

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Culture Everyone - fulfilling cultural potential