Keeping arts and culture at the heart of our communities

Strengthening cultural partnerships


Liverpool City Council, Ipswich Borough Council

To support the arts in the town, Ipswich Borough Council offers a pot of money - worth £200,000 - to its Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) to support the work they do that makes a direct contribution to cultural life and the local economy.  Ipswich is proud to be home to 8 NPOs, which include an award winning theatre, a regional dance house, a theatre company with a global reputation and a cutting edge bi-annual festival of performance.  In return, these organisations, under the banner “We are Ipswich” promote the town on regional, national and global stages and are friends and advocates for the council in our local community.

Liverpool City Council continues to prioritise Arts and Culture, ten years on from being European Capital of Culture. In the last two years Culture Liverpool has boosted the local economy by at least £142m.  More than 20 major events have taken place in the city during the last year, including internationally renowned events such as Royal de Luxe’s Giants, the Mersey River Festival and Liverpool International Music Festival. As a result, the city has welcomed a staggering 3.2 million visitors. The council has funded 36 arts organisations through the Culture Liverpool Investment Programme to the sum of £4.8m, which in turn safeguarded 1,780 jobs and secured a further £90m economic spend.

The LGA Labour Group exists to fight the corner for Labour councillors at a national level, both within
the cross-party Local Government Association and with the Labour Party at Westminster. The Group provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and act as a platform for ideas and innovation for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.

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