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The value of arts and culture to people and society

We work with partner organisations to make Luton a place where arts, culture and creativity brighten the lives and life chances of everyone in Luton. You will have lots of stories to tell about how your work positively impacts people’s ami-entends-tu.org lives. Watch this space as we’ll be sharing what happened when we caught up with some of South Yorkshire’s influential arts bloggers & journalists about what’s happening in South Yorkshire’s arts, culture and heritage scene.

  • Investigating the theory and practice of ‘cultural democracy’, this book explores a range of aesthetic forms including song, music, muralism, theatre, dance, and circus arts.
  • In 2021 the MCA allocated £1m to the arts, culture and heritage sector in South Yorkshire.
  • South Yorkshire is home to many world-famous bands and artists, festivals and iconic music venues.
  • See how AlUla is leading the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a globally recognised centre for arts and culture, and a hub for cultural tourism and the exchange of ideas.
  • The new fund is our biggest to date and the world’s largest social impact investment fund for the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

This is the first investment by SYMCA in the creative and cultural sector in South Yorkshire. Media and Communication has been also ranked first in the Complete University Guide and Sunday Times Good University Guide in recent years. Music As one of the largest music departments in the country, we offer extensive performing opportunities for students. Every year Sheffield is home to more festivals than you can shake a glowstick at, from music to climbing to documentaries, you’re sure to find your crowd. During my time in Sheffield, I have found the city to be lively and multicultural. And if you’re a theatre lover, you’ll find one of the largest regional theatre complexes outside of London in the Crucible Theatre.

Wellbeing through arts and culture

One of Luton’s most popular events, bringing communities together to enjoy entertainment in the sky. In a time of increasingly complex geopolitical entanglements and moral failings, these films articulate a yearning for unsullied heroism, effective leadership and appropriate responses to crises. But there are creative avenues to be explored to circumvent the gatekeepers, as filmmaker Victoria Mapplebeck discovered. TikTok is increasingly the social media of choice for older people who enthusiastically reject socially constructed notions of old age. We’ll also be posting videos from the South Yorkshire organisations who have benefitted from the fund, such as Sensoria, Civic Sound Week, Barnsley Live and Higher Rythm.

Sheffield is a creative city with a rich cultural heritage and thriving contemporary arts scene. See how AlUla is leading the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a globally recognised centre for arts and culture, and a hub for cultural tourism and the exchange of ideas. Investigating the theory and practice of ‘cultural democracy’, this book explores a range of aesthetic forms including song, music, muralism, theatre, dance, and circus arts. This new fund builds on the work of the Arts Impact Fund, which was the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts organisations. It provided repayable finance between £150,000 and £600,000 to arts organisations in England with ambitions to grow, achieve great artistic quality and have a positive impact on society.

The UK’s arts, cultural and heritage institutions provide creative opportunities, jobs and valuable income for our communities; they also have the power to transform people’s lives, engage marginalised individuals and drive social change. Alongside the bespoke investment, investees can also benefit from additional support around better measuring and articulating their social impact. By focusing on both artistic and social outcomes, we want to promote the wider positive impact art has on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work.

Our staff and students organise an impressive range of public events on a weekly basis which reach a diversity of audiences across the city and wider region. We provide dedicated arts advice and support for artists, community groups, creative industries, and commissioners, across a diverse programme of arts and cultural production. The arts team work closely with a number of council services, including Museums, Festivals and Events, LCB Depot and Visit Leicester. The Arts and Culture Projects team partners with many regional, national and international cross-sector organisations to widen participation into the creative industries and enable current and budding cultural practitioners to thrive. This includes working laterally within the University of Bedfordshire and across the region on projects that innovate and mobilise new knowledge and untold stories for the betterment and sustainable growth of the local cultural sector. It will invest £23 million in organisations of all sizes in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors demonstrating a clear social impact, from theatres and music venues to museums, libraries, fashion and architecture.

Dance Passion: Coventry

These include Open Up Sheffield, Art in the Gardens and the Great Sheffield Art Show. Museums and art galleries in Sheffield showcase the city’s rich industrial history and give a glimpse of life in the past. The most popular is the Millenium Gallery, which houses the beloved Ruskin collection. Wadi AlFann, meaning ‘Valley of the Arts’, is an awe-inspiring new global cultural destination for contemporary art. Era-defining works by some of the most compelling artists from around the world will be permanently placed in the monumental landscape of AlUla. Local organisations involved in arts and health programmes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Discover the Arts on Sounds

Culture and the arts help us to communicate our research, deliver innovative teaching, promote employment and economic prosperity, and foster inclusion. The Culture, Arts and Heritage sector in South Yorkshire makes a significant contribution to the local economy, generating £200m and employing 6,400 people. South Yorkshire has a wealth of creative talent and impressive cultural assets to showcase to the rest of the UK and the world.