The 6 ways Newcastle will change under new cultural group

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The Newcastle Creates group has been launched as a collective where anyone can apply to be a member and have a say on decisions

A new initiative will seek to change the culture of Newcastle in six different ways.

Newcastle Creates has been launched with an open call for everyone who lives and works in the city to have a say on how Tyneside develops culturally. The organisation will lay out a bold new agenda of social and economic development to enhance culture.

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The group will look to act under six separate key themes. These are inclusion, prosperity, opportunity, place, well-being and climate, which were discussed by speakers leading the way in those sectors across the city at a launch.

Joanna Chapman, Chair of Newcastle Creates said, “We have ambitious plans to champion culture in the city. As our speakers have demonstrated today; creativity can be a positive force for health and well-being and culture should be inclusive and reflect the people, stories and history of the city.

The group will prioritise six types of change (Image: Adobe Stock)The group will prioritise six types of change (Image: Adobe Stock)
The group will prioritise six types of change (Image: Adobe Stock) | Duncan Andison - stock.adobe.com

“The cultural sector can also influence, advocate, and inform policy to create change in response to the climate emergency. Culture can be central to an inclusive economy and creates opportunity and shared prosperity for all. To facilitate that, Newcastle should be the best place to develop creative skills and creativity should be central to young people’s lives.”

Anyone can apply to be a member of Newcastle Creates and have a say over the future of the city here. Directors of the group will be elected by members annually.

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Cllr Nick Kemp, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “I’m delighted and proud that we are placing culture at the centre of our city’s future. Newcastle has a brilliant, unique cultural identity, one that is rightly recognised and celebrated around the world. Culture is also critical to the success of our local economy and it supports the well-being of our residents. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognise the role that culture plays in creating vibrant, successful communities.”

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