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Whatever the new ‘normal’ is there’s never been a more poignant and exciting time for arts and culture. Like very thirsty people we’ve all been dreaming of slaking our creative thirst. There’s real positive energy just bursting to get out. Be part of these exciting times, there are already many ways to get involved (some listed below) but there’s always room for new ideas.

So sharpen those pens, dust off the brushes, or have a gargle and get your voice ready. Here’s to it. Scroll down for more information or use our interactive map and lists of exciting museums and monuments.

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A cultural framework for Carlisle, that aims to give new life and vision to the city’s rich culture and heritage, is set to be launched at a virtual event early next month.

The event will provide progress on Carlisle Culture - a partnership working to harness the rich arts, heritage and culture of the city for our future sustainability and growth.

The online event will include the launch of the new Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle. The document provides details on ten priority areas to support partnership working to ensure the city remains an attractive place to live, study, work, invest and stay.

The Zoom event will be held on Monday 9 November,10am - 12.30pm, and will hear from the voices of several strategic influencers:

  • Jane Beardsworth, Arts Council England.
  • Jane Meek, Carlisle City Council.
  • Jo Lappin, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Colette Conroy, University of Cumbria.
  • Susie Tate, Dance Artist for Health, Wellbeing and Education

To book your place and take part in the conversation go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strategic-framework-for-culture-in-carlisle-launch-event-registration-125489579711

The development of the Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria. 

Supported with funding from the Arts Council England, a series of themed consultation events took place with a wide range of stakeholders to identify how, through culture we could combine collectively to help drive and sustain the future growth of the city region. This was followed up by a focussed ‘play-back’ event to disseminate initial thoughts and areas of priority and made a significant contribution to the document. The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists, but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

To download the Executive Summary of the Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/culture

A Culture Consortium spokesperson said:

“2020’s Covid-19 Crisis has simultaneously reinforced people’s passion for arts and culture and devastated arts and cultural livelihoods because of lockdown’s enforced closures and cancellations. 

“Both effects serve to emphasise a vital role for this cultural strategy and the urgency of supporting Carlisle’s arts and cultural sector as a key contribution to our recovery from the crisis.”

 

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A Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria.  The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

Discover Carlisle has lots of ideas for things to see and do in and around England’s biggest city

"A virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria. Sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences"

    Cumbria Arts & Culture Network 

      Prism Arts

   Eden Arts

   Carlisle Contemporary Arts 

Monuments

There are a number of historical monument in and around Carlisle.  Please see the downloadable Monuments and Memorial Guide below.

Public art

Professional street art is growing in the city as show cased in this Cumbria Guide article.  

  

Landmark Street Art

Venues


The Source Collective  

Theatre and Drama

 

  Rocket Theatre 

Dance