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Torbay Cultural Strategy Funding approved

27th May 2015

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TDA, in partnership with the Torbay Culture Board, has secured public funding from Arts Council England to deliver the first phase of Enjoy, talk, do, be - a 10 year cultural strategy for Torbay and its communities. 
The strategy has vision, ambitions and principles which set out how Torbay could be in 10 years time. Culture, as outlined in the strategy, includes everything from visual and performing arts to the built and natural environment, heritage, libraries, media, museums, play, sport and tourism.
Councillor Nicole Amil said: “The approval of this funding is recognition of the hard work that the delivery partners, including Torbay Council, have already put in to develop the Cultural Strategy.” 
The new Torbay Culture Board oversees strategy delivery and will be supported by an Executive Director. The Torbay Culture Forum, open to all with an interest in cultural development in the Bay, will meet on a regular basis, following the success of the inaugural event in March. A Torbay Culture Ambassadors scheme will be launched in the autumn as part of wider cultural volunteering developments. 
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said: “Torbay’s Cultural Strategy is a great example of how a place can work collectively to create a stronger local economy and a healthier, happier community through investing in developing excellent art, museums, libraries, festivals and events. We are delighted to be supporting the delivery of the strategy and hope that everyone in Torbay joins in making this ambitious and exciting plan a reality.” 
Torbay Culture Board member, Paul Woolnough, said: “With the support of Arts Council England we can now begin to fully implement our delivery plan and work towards achieving the strategy aims and objectives.”
Alan Denby, TDA’s Director of Economic Strategy and Performance, added: “This funding will enable us to raise artistic ambitions, enhance quality and widen reach, to create an engaged and eventful Torbay. As part of the strategy, we will make the Bay a distinctive cultural destination, with excellent arts experiences, attracting visitors regionally, nationally and internationally.” 
To find out more and for details of the next Torbay Culture Forum event on 2 July please visit

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