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Night of Festivals shines a spotlight on Hounslow’s rich heritage
Night of Festivals will return to Bell Square & Hounslow High Street for a fourth year running. Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this year’s festival will feature a specially designed ‘pop-up museum’. Community researchers have been working with Hounslow’s Local Studies Department to reveal the people, places and stories that make the town tick. Throughout the festival, audiences can visit the ‘pop-up museum’ for free to explore this new material.
Alongside this research, artist Kully Rehal has been into four of the local primary schools to work with over 300 hundred students producing flags & banners depicting some of the key moments and stories from the town’s past. School groups will parade their artwork through the High Street as part of the wider festival which takes place on 9 – 10 June.
For more information and programme announcements see www.nightoffestivals.com
The ArtReach team is thrilled to have been selected to help the York Cultural Leaders Group and Make it York develop a new long-term Cultural Strategy for the city.
With a wealth of artistic and heritage activity and attractions, York already holds UNESCO City of Media Arts status and is ambitious to further develop its iconic cultural programme. The city hosts seven million visitors a year, but is determined that local residents should be key beneficiaries of exciting long-term cultural development.
ArtReach will be consulting with the sector and with local people extensively through summer 2018 with the aim to have a Cultural Strategy in place by December.
We are delighted to welcome two new team members to the ArtReach “family”.
Gary Cicinskas joins us from 21 May as our new Marketing and Communications Manager. Gary has until recently been Programme Manager for the Appetite Creative People and Places project in Stoke-on-Trent. Prior to that Gary worked with Lincolnshire Dance, as well as establishing and leading his own Workshop Network business to promote and deliver a range of creative participation.
In early July we welcome Lynn Simmonds who joins us from her current role as Development Manager at St John Smith’s Square in London. Lynn will be working as Arts and Heritage Consultant with ArtReach and has previous experience with Music for Youth, as Manager of a Youth Music Action Zone, and as a Charity Consultant with New Philanthropy Capital.
We are very much looking forwards to the input both new team members will bring.
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