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2022 is our year: working together for a year like no other

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture has got off to illuminating start with more than 20,000 people attending the ‘New Dawn’ programme of events which ran throughout January and February.

At this week’s Knowsley Better Together Board, attendees were updated on the positive and successful start to the year so far and given a flavour of what is yet to come.

Significantly, representatives on the Knowsley Better Together Board were encouraged to find ways in which their organisations can be part of the landmark year.

From featuring their own cultural events on the official Culture Knowsley website to highlighting volunteering opportunities to staff and sharing general news about events with their workforce – there are plenty of ways to support Knowsley’s year.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:

“Our year as Borough of Culture has provided us with a huge opportunity to work more closely with our partners and further develop the Knowsley Better Together approach that underpins so much of what we do.

“We invite and encourage our partners to take this opportunity to help strengthen our programme and maximise the positive impact we can have on our residents and communities. By working together, we can create a year like no other that will ensure a strong legacy that will continue to benefit the Borough.”

To find out more about our year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, follow @cultureknowsley on InstagramTwitter and Facebook and visit www.cultureknowsley.co.uk.

Are you interested in volunteering in arts, culture, heritage, or sports? Knowsley residents are invited to be a part of the amazing programme of events and moments taking place in your communities throughout Knowsley’s Year as Borough of Culture in 2022. Find out more here https://www.cultureknowsley.co.uk/volunteer/

The Borough of Culture title was introduced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region.

The Borough of Culture is part of the 1% for Culture initiative which commits at least 1% of the Liverpool City Region’s annual gain share (£300k) to cultural projects/activities. Established as an annual award rotating around the boroughs, the Borough of Culture helps to celebrate, amplify and strengthen the existing cultural offer, develop new ideas and initiatives that will underpin future development and legacy.

Liverpool City Region is the first Combined Authority to have control over culture in its devolution deal, utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.

The Borough of Culture was first launched in St Helens in 2018, followed by Wirral 2019, Sefton 2020, Halton in 2021 and is currently held by Knowsley for 2022. The programme rotation will recommence in 2023 back in St Helens.