The draft Cultural Framework for Preston has just been published and this is your chance to comment on it!
From Cllr Tom Burns, Cabinet Member for Advice Services, Culture & Leisure:
"Last year’s Preston Guild demonstrated the range of benefits that arts and culture can contribute to the city. In a remarkable year of celebrations, culminating in the Guild itself in September, Preston showed just how creative it can be.
The professional and voluntary arts sector worked together to put on a festival which both showcased the local creative sector and attracted world class talent. The Guild provided opportunities for people to actively participate in cultural activities.
The evaluation of the Guild concluded that ‘Preston was shown as a great place to live, learn and work’ and that it inspired a sense of community and cohesion. But the Guild was not only good for local people – just over half of the visitors to Guild events were from outside Preston and over 14% were from beyond Lancashire. The economic benefits for the city were considerable.
In the wake of the Guild we want to create a legacy of that remarkable year. We commissioned local consultation to inform a Cultural Framework for the next five years. Based on that consultation we have drafted a Framework which sets out our high level aspirations and which will form the basis for planning and investment.
We are inviting comments on the Framework. This is the final stage of the consultation process before the final version is published. I would urge you to read the draft Cultural Framework and return your comments by Friday 16th August to Alex Walker."