I am writing on behalf of Lancaster Arts Partnership to advocate the pride we feel in the arts offer of the Lancaster District and the work we have achieved to date.
In September we successfully launched a New Strategic Framework for the Arts in the Lancaster District, and this autumn has seen the creative, practical and very significant benefits of our collaborative work pour onto the streets in a very successful Light Up Lancaster Festival benefitting thousands of residents and visitors alike.
The close partnership working between local arts organisations, through Lancaster Arts Partnership, working with our local authority and the business sector resulted in a fantastic four-day festival, which not only literally lit up the streets but also lit up the creative imagination of future possibilities for the district’s artistic offer.
The Light Up Lancaster festival was made possible through the combined efforts and dedication of many artists and organisations working alongside Lancaster City Council, with additional funding attracted into our district from Lancashire County Council, Arts Council England, Lancaster Unlimited and Canal & River Trust, plus the generous support of a number of local businesses. This initiative enabled a full creative engagement programme to be held with schools and community groups, over 40 new artistic commissions, more than 60 performances and events, and the employment of over seventy artists.
The festival was ably supported by more than 50 excellent volunteer stewards, and it was the passion and dedication of the individuals involved enabled the events to go off so successfully.
I say a heartfelt thank you to all those involved and feel the need to shout out on behalf of this new way of working – onwards and upwards.
Chair of Lancaster Arts Partnership.