Northern Culture APPG Inquiry: Call to Evidence

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your views as part of the Northern Culture APPG Inquiry into
What does Northern Culture need to rebuild, rebalance and recover?’.

The North’s cultural industry has been hit hard by Covid-19 and faces an historic challenge as the global pandemic continues to affect our everyday lives.

The Northern Culture APPG is holding a major inquiry into what Northern Culture needs to rebuild, rebalance and recover. This inquiry will produce a bespoke ‘State of the North’ report, alongside our academic partner Northumbria University, on Northern Culture, providing a united voice on pan-Northern cultural asks and priorities in order to shape and influence future Government decision making and policy.

The Northern Culture Inquiry will hear evidence with a view to:

  • making recommendations to Government on rebalancing Northern Culture in recovery
  • producing a ‘Post-Covid Action Plan’ to rebuild Northern Culture
  • generating and influencing debate and policy thinking to accelerate and embed policy change
  • highlighting the need to level-up investment to support cultural growth in Northern towns and cities

The Inquiry will hear views from cultural stakeholders across the North on how to level-up opportunities to increase diversity, sustainability, accessibility and resilience in Northern Culture.

We are calling for all cultural stakeholders in the North to get involved in this first of its kind report that will be submitted to Government. Please submit your written evidence by 1700 on 10th May 2021.

    Your Details

    Please start by filling out your contact details below:

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    Your Submission

    The Northern Culture APPG are seeking written evidence on the following key questions.

    Access to Culture

    1. How do we support and encourage young people’s creativity and cultural job opportunities post-Covid?
    2. How do we boost skills, create equal opportunities for all, promote diversity and support ambitions to empower future generations?
    3. How do we help develop a supply chain for talent and harness what many towns and cities in the North have always done – acted as a ‘pool of talent’ with pathways into the creative sectors?
    4. How do we increase higher levels of engagement with culture?

    Levelling up Cultural Infrastructure in our Northern Towns & Cities

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

    Getting Northern Culture back on track

    1. What are the opportunities for Northern Culture?
    2. How do we get confidence back in our audience post Covid-19?
    3. What has been the impact on communities and welfare?
    4. How do we promote a strong and cohesive brand for the North, building recognition of its’ world class reputation?

    If you are answering more than one question, please indicate the question number in your response.

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    Thank you so much for your support.

    Please let us know if it would be useful to have a further discussion by emailing the Secretariat. If you are having trouble submitting this form, you can download it here and submit manually.

    Email: [email protected]

    The Northern Culture APPG is kindly supported by our leading sponsor the University of Huddersfield, Academic Partner Northumbria University, Founding Partner The Old Courts and Northern Culture Club members Counterculture, Curious Minds and CT Consults.

    Becoming a partner of the Northern Culture Club provides your organisation with the opportunity to support and inform the work of the Group. For further details please get in contact at [email protected] .