At today’s (Thursday) meeting of the Council Executive Committee, we will fully finalise the process to develop the Council’s first Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy.
All across the borough, there is an excellent range of arts, culture and heritage activities, from what some would call the more traditional high arts like the Buxton International Festive and the Glossop Music Festival to festivals offering a bit of everything like New Mills One World Festival or the Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival.
These activities occur in various places, from open-air to small but perfectly formed venues like the Globe or Partington Theatre to bigger venues like the New Mills Art Theatre or the Buxton Opera House.
These activities offer a range of ways to get involved, from organisations looking at educating and getting involved a new generation like High Peak Community Arts to specific groups like various choirs across the borough, including the Chapel Male Voice Choir to Glossops Fab Choir and new groups like the Dark Peak Photo Festival.
Our strategy will seek to draw together these various activities, recognise the contributions they make, and look at how we can both make sure the limited resources we have available can both be best used to support these activities but also draw in more support to help sustain, improve and enhance what happens in the High Peak.
We are working on putting together this strategy because of the vital input arts, culture, and heritage have on our sense of well-being and identity and the community and economic benefits it can bring.
That said, our strategy will not be without some challenges, from how we can support our partners at Derbyshire County Council in terms of securing a speedy return for the Buxton Museum to how we can use some of the assets within that to help better tell the story and help rejuvenate sites like Melandra Castle.
The first stage in drawing up the strategy will be to create an advisory group of local people who will help steer the work of putting the strategy together to ensure that whatever your passion is in an arts or heritage sense, our strategy can recognise and support it.
We will share further details of how you can get involved early in the New Year, but if you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.
Content by: Council Leaders Anthony Mckeown and Damien Greenhalgh