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Second Round of Arts and Culture Strategy workshop

Derry City and Strabane District Council will this week begin asecond round of Arts and Culture Strategy workshops to allow interested partiesto have an input in shaping the region’s arts and culture strategy for the nextfive years.

Over the next three weeks individual artists, practitioners,organisations and venues will be invited to give their input on the strategyfor 2017-2022 that will be finalised in September.

The latest round of sessions will focus on agreeing a set ofpriorities coming out of the discussions at the first meetings, identifyingwhat actions are needed to achieve those priorities, who is best placed to takeeach of those actions and what will happen as a result.

In September, a final workshop will be held whereall the sector consultation groups can meet together to agree on theircollective priorities and finalise what will be included in the strategy.

A Co-Design group of local representatives from a range of artsand culture disciplines was formed earlier this year to assist Council officersand strategic partners on the development of the strategy.

The group held its first meeting at the Ulster Bank offices in theCity in June and hosted its first series of workshop at the end of the month.

John Kerr, Arts and Culture Manager with DerryCity and Strabane District Council, encouraged anyone with an interest in artsand culture in the city to take ownership of the process by attending thelatest workshops which begin with a Cross Border discussion on Thursday July 27that An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny and end on Friday August 18thwith a Literature workshop in Derry’s Verbal Arts Centre.

“This is an ideal opportunity for anyone workingor with an interest in our local arts and culture sector to tell us theirvision and help shape a strong and ambitious strategy for the years ahead,” hesaid.

“The contributions and discussions at the firstseries of workshops in June allowed us to build a broad picture of what theArts and Culture Strategy should look like and this latest round of sessions isan opportunity to begin to agree specific priorities and actions to make thatvision a reality.

“This process is essential if we are to design astrategy that allows us to fully realise our arts and culture potential,compliments our wider Community Plan for the Council area and builds uponthe legacy of the 2013 UK City of Culture Year.”

The Co-Design group is chaired by Verbal Arts Chief ExecutiveJames Kerr who said he was looking forward to the process of working withCouncil and other interested parties on how best to take the City andDistrict’s Arts and Culture strategy forward.

“The establishment of a Co-Design group by Derry City &Strabane District Council to develop an Arts & Culture strategy thatsupports and contributes to the wider Community plan is an excitinginitiative,” he said.

“The main legacy of the City of Culture in 2013 was a generalrecognition that Arts and Culture can and will play a significant role in thesocial and economic life of the City and District. 

“This open, accessible Co-Design process is a fantasticopportunity for everyone who has an interest in arts and culture to contributeto the next stage of local development.

“I am delighted to Chair the Co-Design group which represents awide range of views and expertise and look forward to working with the Counciland all interested parties to develop an Arts & Culture strategy which willset out a dynamic view of creative activity for the next 5 years.”
The full list of workshop dates, times and venues is available online at http://www.derrystrabane.com/Services/Arts-and-Culture.

Sessions will include the following sectors:Participatory/Community Arts including Circus Carnival and Street Arts,Individual Artists and Practitioners, Music, Visual Arts, Crafts and CinematicArts, Literature, Community Festivals, Tier Two Festivals and Events, Arts andCultural Venues (Various), Drama, Performing Arts and Dance, Heritage andMuseums.

Anyone wishing to get involved are asked to confirm theirattendance indicating which workshop they will be attending by e mailing colin.coyle@derrystrabane.com.