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Redditch in massive arts drive to secure £2m - and everyone is invited

Correspondent 29th Jan, 2019

REDDITCH residents can have their say on the future of the cultural and creative opportunities in the borough at an event next week organised by a new ‘creative’ steering group.

On Wednesday, February 6, people are invited to attend a special event in Milward Square, under the Paolozzi Mosaics, in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

The idea is to bring together people in a visually stunning setting where they can mingle with other like-minded folk to give their views to help shape the future of arts, culture, libraries and museums for the next ten years.

The event will run from 6pm until 8pm and forms the first of several engagement sessions to help shape a ‘Creative People and Places’ bid for up to £2million from Arts Council England to radically change the creative opportunities in the town.

Anyone in the borough is welcome to attend, particularly individuals and groups with a creative interest, whether this is in art, sculpture, music, performance, dance, singing, photography or other aspect of the arts, heritage and cultural sector.

Councillor Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers leisure and cultural services, said: “Every idea counts and attending this event could be the first step towards making it a reality.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in our town to unlock the creative potential in Redditch. I would encourage as many group representatives and individuals to attend as possible.”

Jan Higgitt director Jestaminute Community Theatre cic and chair of the steering group, said: “Being awarded this funding would enable us to empower people to experience, take part and be inspired by local arts and culture and actively make more opportunities to do this.

“This event is an opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of the culture in the town. We also have some fun surprises in store on the night!”

The steering group is made up of representatives from Arts in Redditch, Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN), Jestaminute Community Theatre cic, Kingfisher Shopping Centre, MAON ltd and Severn Arts with support from Redditch Borough Council.

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