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Boost for Knowsley Cultural Programme

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council has agreed a financial boost for a programme of exciting events and activity to mark its year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture in 2022.

The Council’s Cabinet considered a number of one-off investments for key projects across Knowsley – £420,000 of which was agreed to contribute to providing activities and events throughout that year to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities and attract further funding.

Knowsley’s year as Borough of Culture will coincide with the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “The Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture programme is a fantastic initiative that gives each area a chance to celebrate what makes them unique. Here in Knowsley we understand the power culture can have in engaging with our residents and helping to enhance our place. We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this programme and looking forward to taking on our year of culture in 2022.

“For us, this will be particularly significant as this will come hot on the heels of the opening of The Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot – the newest addition to our varied cultural map here in Knowsley.”

Much to look forward to in Knowsley – and the wider city region

Knowsley, along with all other local authority areas in the Liverpool City Region, are taking part in the Metro Mayor’s programme which began with St Helens in 2018, together with the 10th Anniversary of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture.  Wirral is the Borough of Culture this year with Sefton’s taking place in 2020 and Halton’s in 2021.

Cllr Morgan added: “What is really great about the Borough of Culture programme is that our residents, whilst looking forward to our year in 2022, can also get involved in the other cultural events going on within our neighbouring boroughs.

“There is a fantastic calendar of activity this year and beyond and I hope that many residents take the opportunity to get more involved. It will all help to build engagement and anticipation for what will be a very exciting few years in terms of Knowsley’s own cultural offering.”

Work will now begin to develop a full programme of activity for 2022 which will include creative consultation and engagement across Knowsley from Autumn 2019. More details and event schedules will be published nearer the time.

About the Borough of Culture award

The Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture award was introduced by the Combined Authority in 2018 as part of the 1% for Culture programme – an annual commitment to spend the equivalent of 1% of devolution funding from central government to support cultural activities. It isn’t a competitive award but rotates around the city region on an annual basis, with the aim of encouraging each borough to collaboratively develop its local talent and potential, generate cultural activities and participation across the region and leave a lasting legacy for the community.