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New creative partnerships to get more people participating in the arts

Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 11am 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts , Comedy , Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Intercultural Arts , International Arts , Literature , Music & Opera , Public Art , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Youth Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is one of the partner organisations of the new Culture UK initiative announced by the BBC earlier today. Image: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is one of the partner organisations of the new Culture UK initiative announced by the BBC earlier today.

Major cultural organisations from across the UK are coming together in a way never seen before to inspire new audiences and enhance the UK’s position as a global creative force.

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, announced the launch of Culture UK - a new partnership between the BBC, Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland.

The aim is to excite the nation about the arts, opening up funding to a range of arts organisations to make content which can be shown on the BBC, developing UK-wide cultural festivals that can reach new audiences, creating opportunities to showcase emerging and diverse talent, and making the most of technology to inspire new experiences in the arts.

Projects announced today include work featuring Danny Boyle directing hip hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris, Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, together with creative companies such as Leeds’ Slung Low, the Young Vic, Manchester’s Eggs Collective, Tamasha, Derry Playhouse, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Rep, Galloway Forest Sanctuary Lab, Bristol Old Vic and balletLORENT in Newcastle.

Speaking at the launch, Tony Hall said:

“We’ve come together because we want the UK to be the most culturally engaged and creative country in the world, where everybody, wherever they come from, can take part. There are real challenges that make working together more necessary and more urgent than ever. Culture is one of the things that unites us all and expresses our identity. We ignore that at our peril.”

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland commented on the Culture UK launch, adding:

'The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to be a strategic partner with Culture UK. Partnership is in our DNA and here in Northern Ireland we are renowned for the strength of our community and participatory arts sector as well as for our great writers, poets and musicians. The collaboration and learning opportunities that Culture UK provides make perfect sense; it gives our artists and arts organisations a chance to push digital boundaries and reach new individuals and audiences in the most unexpected and inspiring ways.”

Today’s announcement was made at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London, and was welcomed in contributions from Maria Balshaw (Whitworth Gallery), Rufus Norris (National Theatre) and Martin Green (Hull UK City of Culture 2017). It was accompanied by performances from singer Dorcas Sebuyange, hip hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, Imtiaz Dharker, Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson and Isaiah Hull.

The complete Culture UK Launch Press Release is available here



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