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WALES'S CULTURAL CONSORTIUM REPORTS ON PROGRESS

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Wales's Cultural Consortium met this week to report on progress since the introductory meeting of the group in Febr...
Wales's Cultural Consortium met this week to report on progress since the introductory meeting of the group in February. The first active meeting of Cymru'n Creu focused on the member organisations' input and perspective on the cultural and creative industries.
Welsh assembly culture minister Jenny Randerson said: 'At the first meeting I set the context of Cymru'n Creu which emerged as one of the key recommendations of the 'A Culture in Common' report from the former post-16 education committee.
'In my formal response to that report I have stressed the importance of Cymru'n Creu and have said that the national assembly should set the policy agenda for culture and arts, and work with agencies and ASPBs to deliver on our policy objectives.
'I believe Cymru'n Creu also has a very positive role in relation to promoting Wales' culture abroad. I see the potential for collaborating as a group to promote Wales' culture overseas as very exciting.'
The minister will also raise the issue of data collection in relation to the arts. She said: 'One of the major issues which prevents the cultural or creative industries from being fully recognised as a major contributor to the Welsh economy is the uncoordinated approach to data collection and performance indicators.
'It will take some time to establish what data is available and to determine where the gaps are, but I am glad to have the opportunity to have a preliminary discussion on this today.'
The minister will ask the consortium to establish a task and finish group to lead on the co-ordination of the data analysis and for each organisation to provide the co-ordinator with a detailed breakdown of information routinely collected, and research projects.
Notes:
Cymru'n Creu is a new body created in response to one of the recommendations in the national assembly committee's 'A Culture in Common' report.
The meeting was attended by heads of organisations which have an impact on culture in Wales, covering the arts, sport, museums, libraries, Welsh language, tourism, the economy, local government, broadcasting, film and education and training.
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