Dumfries and Galloway Council Launch Cultural Consultation Underway

Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched a major consultation exercise on the future of cultural development in the region.

The Council, together with several project partners including DG Unlimited, the advocacy organisation for the arts sector across the region, are encouraging individuals and community organisations to participate in the exercise. The consultation is linked to the research and preparation of a new Culture Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.

 

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The Strategy, which is to be prepared by the end of the year, is likely to propose that the region can become renowned internationally for the quality of our cultural assets and creativity, and that culture is an important contributor to individual and community wellbeing.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said;

“There is a wealth of creative talent and cultural heritage in our region and the new Cultural Strategy will seek to highlight what a fantastic place Dumfries and Galloway is for the arts. It will also help unlock the potential for culture to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

Vice Chair, Councillor John Martin said;

“As a Council we are dedicated to making sure that people can have their say as we develop our services and strategies. There are many opportunities coming up for people to tell us what their priorities and aspirations are for culture in Dumfries and Galloway”.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of DGU, the independent charity which champions the region’s arts, said;

“Artists and cultural organisations across Dumfries and Galloway have a really important contribution to make to the Cultural Strategy and to the quality of life in our region. Together with the Council we have put together a programme of opportunities where people can have their say in helping to shape the new Cultural Strategy. We have so many strengths to build on, and this new strategy is a great chance for us to showcase the diversity, range and vibrancy of cultural activity taking place throughout our region’.

The consultation programme lasts until 18 August and includes:

  • Focus Groups - for industry professionals and interested members of the public, bookable online
  • Online Questionnaire - for people working in the region’s cultural sector, including volunteers
  • Run Your Own Focus Group - download the resource pack to help you run a session with your group or organisation
  • Facebook - take part in our quick and easy polls and send us your pictures/comments

Full details can be found at https://www.dgunlimited.com/dg-cultural-strategy.html

Cultural Strategy Focus Group Schedule

08-Jul

Music

Newton

Stewart

McMillan Hall

18:00 – 20:00

09-Jul

Visual Arts

Stranraer

Stranraer Library

14:00 – 16:00

 

09-Jul

Literature

         Wigtown

Wigtown County Buildings

18:00 – 20:00

 

10-Jul

Heritage

Dumfries

Dumfries Museum

18:00 – 20:00

 

17-Jul

Music

Dumfries

Georgetown Library

18:00 – 20:00

 

18-Jul

Festivals / Events

Dumfries

The Bridge

18:00 – 20:00

 

24-Jul

Performing Arts

Dumfries

The Bridge

18:00 – 20:00

 

25-Jul

Art in Public Spaces

Dumfries

The Stove

15:00 – 17:00

 

25-Jul

Literature

Annan

Annan Museum

15:00 – 17:00

 

26-Jul

Visual Arts

Dumfries

Gracefield Arts Centre

10:00 – 12:00

 

01-Aug

Performing Arts

Stranraer

Ryan Centre

14:00 – 16:00

 

06-Aug

Community Cinema

Dumfries

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre

12:00 – 14:00

 

07-Aug

Heritage

Stranraer

Stranraer Library

14:00 – 16:00

 
             

 
Places are limited and can be booked at https://www.dgunlimited.com/dg-cultural-strategy.html