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Derbyshire cultural framework

Derbyshire is fortunate to have a vibrant creative community and rich cultural heritage which are key to the county’s identity and unique story. The creative and cultural economy, alongside the wider visitor economy, has however been disproportionately affected by the impact of the pandemic.

Via the Culture, Heritage and Tourism ( CHAT) board which provides a strategic overview of the sector in collaboration with partner organisations, we have commissioned, with support from Arts Council England, a new cultural framework for Derbyshire as an agile response to COVID-19. 

The framework includes a blend of short-term measures to support recovery along with longer-term interventions to enable the sector to become more resilient, re-orientate, grow,  capitalise on new opportunities and support Derbyshire’s place-shaping strategies, in particular the visitor economy and market towns renewal. 

Through extensive consultation across the sector with a wide range of organisations and groups 5 key themes have emerged, whose implementation will be phased over the next 5 years: 

  • Derbyshire Hothouse: developing and diversifying Derbyshire’s creative talent
  • The Derbyshire Story: celebrating Derbyshire’s cultural heritage, stories, landscape and people
  • New Market Place: harnessing culture and creativity to build vibrant, welcoming cultural hubs for residents and visitors
  • Shine a Light: developing distinctive signature projects, of scale and quality, to dramatically improve the offer for local communities and visitors
  • Collective Derbyshire: providing leadership and a shared voice to support sustainability and collaboration across the county and city