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ARTS AND CULTURE TO GET NEW VOICE IN THE REGIONS

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The Birmingham Post (p3) reports that England's regions are to get new quangos to direct the development of arts an...
The Birmingham Post (p3) reports that England's regions are to get new quangos to direct the development of arts and culture.

The new regional cultural consortia will have to draw up cultural strategies for the regional development agencies.

Members of the consortia will be drawn from local authorities and creative industries and are expected to represent the arts, museums, tourism, libraries, sports, film and architecture.

The government is looking for chairmen for the new consortia, which will start work later this year, and is asking people and organisations to pur names forward.

The culture secretary, Chris Smith, said: 'Culture and creativity are vital to all of us. We want culture to have a strong voice in the regions, to help ensure that people in all parts of the country have access to the best quality cultural services.

'We want the regions themselves to come forward with candidates for the chairmanship of the new bodies. We are looking for people who are recognised as significant figures in their region and who are well able to represent and speak for culture in it widest sense.'

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