And so do we at KWMC. Today I was invited to a round table discussion with the new(ish) Minister for Culture, Media and Sports. He said he wanted many more people to benefit from and enjoy the arts. I said that I believed that it was important for the arts to be relevant too, and be enjoyed in communities where people live, go to school, and socialise - not just in the City Centre or more affluent places in the country. The Minister said he wanted all young people to have access to playing an instrument, enjoy a play or make art . It was a really interesting discussion attended by representatives from the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Donmar Theatre, Liverpool Biennial, and the Emma Stenning from Bristol Old Vic. Together Emma and I made a plea for more support for arts orgs. working to include communities and remove barriers to ensure as many people as possible really value and participate in the arts. In particular I'm interested in how we ensure more young people from South Bristol and under represented groups are supported to gain good jobs in the growing cultural and creative industries.The Minister is coming to Bristol on Friday to make a speech about what he's gogin to do, so lets hope he confirms his commitment to the regions (and Bristol and the SWest in particular!) and a more inclusive cultural sector.
4 June 2014