Help shape Brent’s cultural future

Help shape Brent’s cultural future

Brent residents, workers and visitors are invited to have their say on the future of culture, sport, entertainment and learning in Brent by taking part in Brent Council’s Cultural Strategy public consultation

The Cultural Strategy aims to develop the existing rich culture on offer in Brent by working with Brent communities and together ensuring that Brent is an exciting, vibrant place to live, work and visit.

The strategy covers a wide number of areas of Brent life:

· Libraries

· Museum, archives and heritage services

· Leisure, sport and play activities

· Arts: including, dance, performance, visual, comedy, literary and spoken word

· Creative industries and workspaces

· Learning and education centres

· Cultural venues and assets

· Parks, open spaces and allotments

The public can have their say by logging on to www.brent.gov.uk/culturalstrategyand completing a survey before 8 April, paper copies can be requested by emailing libraries@brent.gov.uk or calling 020 8937 5619.

Councillor James Denselow, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities said:

“Brent has a rich culture and heritage, with literary associations from Mark Twain to Zadie Smith, the cultural hubbub of Kilburn to the wide green spaces of Fryent and Northwick Park, and, of course, the home of football.

We want to build on that foundation and see a Brent that provides something for everyone, both now and over the years to come. This strategy is a guide to making that happen.

That means supporting the high quality providers of culture that already exist in the borough and seizing new opportunities for regeneration of Brent’s places and spaces to build on that heritage

We are attempting this at a time of severe cuts to the public sector.

Delivering this strategy will mean changing the way we work – less direct funding and more partnership work, including training and development, creating and seizing business opportunities, generating sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and making the best use of the council’s assets.

We want to hear from as many people in the community as possible to ensure we have a strategy and action plan that really will make a better Brent for all.”

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