Events & News

The Case for Culture: Cross-Party Coalition of Northern Legislators Launches Ground-Breaking Report

19 January 2022

On Wednesday 19th, and for the first time, Northern MPs, regional mayors, local authority and cultural leaders will come together to make the case for Northern culture.

The Case For Culture gathered a significant body of evidence on what the North needs to rebuild, rebalance and recover and achieved pan-Northern and cross-party consensus on its findings and recommendations. Its 10 point action plan makes it clear that Northern culture must be embedded – and not ignored – in the UK Government’s levelling up White Paper.

NCAPPG – The Case for Culture Report

Levelling Up Culture: Tracy Brabin joins Northern MPs rebuilding culture post-Covid

8 July 2021

Newly elected Mayor of West Yorkshire and former actor Tracy Brabin is set to give evidence to MPs at an inquiry into how the North can rebuild culture in the wake of the pandemic.

The Northern Culture Club – a cross-party group of MPs chaired by Julie Elliott MP and James Daly MP – is examining what Northern Culture needs to rebuild, rebalance and recover ahead of its State of the North report, due to be published in early 2022.

Giving evidence alongside Tracy Brabin will be Lord Mendoza from the Department of Culture Media and Sport, Sally Joynson from Screen Yorkshire, Dr Laurence Clark from the Disabled Artists Networking Community (DANC), Andrew Mackay from Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle and Dave Jenkins of The Old Courts in Wigan.

As part of the Inquiry the group is gathering evidence from cultural organisations and politicians from across the North which will be used to draw up a Post-Covid Action Plan’ to rebuild Northern culture after the pandemic and highlight the need to level-up investment to support cultural growth in the North’s towns and cities.

During the session, evidence will be given on:

  • How to ensure a fair spread of funding for culture across our Northern communities?
  • How to level-up investment to help restore and rebuild cultural institutions?
  • How to improve the physical barriers to engagement with culture, be that inaccessible venues or poor transport links?
  • Should more powers and funding be devolved to build back culture in the North?

Co-Chair of the Northern Culture All Party Parliamentary Group Julie Elliott MP said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Tracy Brabin, Lord Mendoza and representatives from cultural organisations across the North for the second evidence session in our Inquiry into what the Northern Cultural sector needs to Rebuild, Rebalance and Recover post-Covid.

“We’ve already had one fantastic evidence session and hundreds of written submissions to our Inquiry, and we are looking forward to hearing from our expert panellists on their view on what needs to happen next.

“Culture will play a hugely significant role in the North’s recovery post-covid. The sector contributes a huge amount to our economy and by bringing together key players from across the North, we hope to make the case to Government of the benefits of supporting a thriving Northern cultural sector.

“The purpose of this session is examine what needs to be done to ensure all communities have the funding they need properly invest in culture, that our cultural institutions have the support they need to rebuild, and that sector remains accessible for all.

“Northern towns and cities boast fantastic venues, events and festivals that are famous around the world, and after more than 15 months apart, people are excited to come together to celebrate culture once again. I’m proud that the Northern Culture Club is helping to enable that.”

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MPs fight back for Northern Culture!

11 December 2020

A cross-party group of Northern MPs has come together to form the new Northern Culture All Party Parliamentary Group (NC APPG) to provide a strong and cohesive voice to bang the drum for Northern culture in Whitehall and Westminster.

The North’s cultural industry has been hit hard and faces an historic challenge as the global pandemic continues to affect our everyday lives.  The Northern Culture APPG will promote and champion the huge economic contribution made by the North’s cultural sector, build consensus and fight for what the Government needs to do to level-up and build back the North’s cultural potential now and in the longer term.

Speaking at the launch of the Northern Culture Club and the Northern Culture APPG its Co-Chair of the NC APPG James Daly MP for Bury North said:

“It’s clear that all Northern MPs are united in Parliament about the levelling-up agenda.

For the MPs that make up the APPG, we are determined to provide a strong voice in Parliament for Northern Culture for not just the cities of the North but smaller towns like my constituency of Bury North, who have great potential to flourish in the cultural sector but have sadly been hit by the pandemic.

 No matter your background or where you are from, you should have access to culture. The APPG are determined to make a difference and make sure Northern culture has a roaring voice in Parliament.”

Vice-Chair of the NC APPG Alex Sobel MP for Leeds North West said:

There is such a rich diversity and heritage of culture in the North, we don’t need to look very far across the North to find a whole range of great cultural institutions. The APPG will speak up for Northern Culture and its institutions, working hard to get people back on their feet, into venues and viewing what the North can offer”.

Vice Chair of the NC APPG Jason McCartney MP for Colne Valley said:

“There is so much culture going on in our Northern communities and we will work hard to make sure funding is spread fairly across the North, not just in the South. I’m looking forward to working cross-party with colleagues on this exciting and very timely APPG.”

Coming up

The next meeting of the Northern Culture APPG will be announced shortly.

Previous Meetings of the Northern Culture APPG

23rd September 2021 14:00 – 16:00

Evidence Session III

  • Getting Northern Culture back on track: What are the opportunities for Northern Culture?

9th July 2021 14:00 – 16:00

Evidence Session II

  • Levelling up Cultural Infrastructure in our Northern Towns & Cities: How do we ensure a fair spread of funding for culture across our Northern communities?

26th May 2021 14:00 – 16:00

Evidence Session I

  • Increasing the North’s Access to Culture: How do we support and encourage young people’s creativity and cultural job opportunities post-Covid?


Northern Culture Club: Inaugural Meeting | Friday 11th December 2020 | Full Recording


The Northern Culture APPG is kindly supported by our Academic Partner Northumbria University, Founding Partner The Old Courts and Northern Culture Club members Counterculture and CT Consults.


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