Join the Cultural Education Challenge!


Arts Council England today called for all those working in the arts and education industries to join forces to offer a joined up arts and cultural provision for all children and young people at a time when public funding remains under pressure.

Festival Bridge will lead the delivery of the Cultural Education Challenge in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk as part of its mission to connect children and young people with high quality arts and cultural activities and experiences.

Festival Bridge has already supported the development Cultural Education Partnerships including Peterborough Cultural Partnership for Young People CIC (PHACE), Young Fenland Cultural Consortium, My Cambridge, City of Literature for Young People (Norfolk), Wish You Were Here (Lowestoft) and Great Yarmouth Cultural Education Partnership.

The Cultural Education Challenge brings a renewed focus on the importance of cultural education at a time when the creative sector continues to make a significant contribution to the economy, providing 1 in 20 jobs and when cultural education provision amongst children and young people varies across the country. 

Through the Cultural Education Challenge the Arts Council wants to make sure that all children and young people everywhere have access to great arts and culture, and that every child can create, compose, and perform; visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:

"A great arts and cultural education gives children and young people the confidence and creative skills to thrive, as individuals, as members of our society, and as the next generation of creative talent. All children and young people, wherever and whatever their start in life, should have the opportunity to have an arts and cultural education that nurtures innovation and unlocks the vital skills that are helping to drive our world leading creative industries.”

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, added:

"An introduction to the arts from an early age is vital to producing well-rounded and well-educated individuals, able to make a positive contribution to this country’s rich cultural heritage. That is why we have ensured the arts are a key part of a broad and balanced education for all young people, and this was reflected in this year’s GCSE results, which showed an increase of 3.4% since 2010 in entries to art and design GCSEs. The Cultural Education Challenge represents a great opportunity for local arts organisations, schools and colleges to come together to ensure all young people can enjoy an excellent cultural education, regardless of their background."


Please watch the Cultural Education Challenge film here 




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