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Metro Mayor urges communities to help shape a shared cultural future

by Laura Johnston

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram is encouraging people and organisations across the Liverpool City Region to get involved in shaping the area’s cultural future, and promising a strategy that will support creativity and cultural expression in every community.

The Draft Cultural Strategy has been developed following engagement events and roadshows in each of the City Region’s six boroughs and formulated by the Local Cultural Partnership chaired by Phil Redmond.
The draft is open for further comment and feedback until the 15 February.   You can email any feedback and comments to LCRcultureandcreativity@knowsley.gov.uk

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said “Culture was included in our devolution deal because it is such an important and distinctive aspect of our identity and what unites us a region. Culture and creativity are integral to our international profile and brand and integral to achieving the vision for a prosperous, fair and desirable place to live, work and invest.
“We are about to experience a fantastic year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture.  The commitment of the City, to culture, has been significant and once again will shine the spotlight on our city and city region.

“The strategy will build on that legacy, celebrating culture in all its aspects and reaching into and supporting creative expression in every community and borough.”

Key recommendations in the draft strategy include a revolving annual grassroots cultural awards programme to promote creativity and excellence and a “borough of culture” initiative to ensure each that area can in turn host a programme of prestigious cultural events and celebration.