Brand New Cultural Strategy, Stevenage Re-imagined launches this week

30 May 2019

Stevenage Borough Council has developed a new 10-year cultural strategy to enhance the town’s arts and heritage offering, called Stevenage Re-imagined, launching on Saturday 1 June, 2019.

The plan focuses on cultural engagement, providing opportunities for local people to contribute to the town’s regeneration ambitions, and make Stevenage an attractive destination for all.

It was commissioned by Stevenage Borough Council and Arts Council England and developed through extensive community consultation. One of its key aims is to drive collective ownership and collaborative action by organisations and individuals. In order to facilitate this, a partnership called the Arts & Heritage Forum has been developed and is open for anyone in Stevenage to join and contribute to the cultural growth of the town. 

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Stevenage Festival, and the Arts & Heritage Forum is hosting a free fun day (led by Stevenage Arts Guild and Stevenage Borough Council) on 1 June 2019, from 11am to 3pm in the Town Square, launching both Stevenage Re-imagined and Stevenage Festival.

Cllr Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Leisure said: “Our cultural strategy is a culmination of the efforts of a range of arts and heritage organisations, striving to make Stevenage a destination creative town, as it enters a bold new era with a multi-million pound town centre regeneration scheme.
 
“We are really excited to be working with the Arts Council England and other partners to realise these ambitions. Where better to launch this strategy than with Stevenage Arts Guild at the launch of Stevenage Festival as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary and shows to the world the fantastic contributions arts and culture already makes to our town.”