News Archive

Election Debate: Creative Industries - 20th April, Birmingham Hippodrome

Subscribe to RSS RSSTuesday, 13th April, 2010

6.30pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday 20th April 2010
The Patrick Centre
Birmingham Hippodrome

With the General Election just days away, what are the prospects for public investment in arts and creativity over the next five years? Birmingham Hippodrome has brought together a panel of leading politicians and other key figures to debate issues around the arts and regeneration.

The Panel includes Ed Vaizey, Shadow Arts Minister and Siôn Simon, until recently Creative Industries Minister who is stepping down to focus on running to be Elected Mayor of Birmingham.

Investment in culture from the taxpayer and lottery player - at European, national, regional and local levels – has been crucial to Birmingham's renaissance over the last twenty years. As the public purse runs empty, where next for culture? Is the show over? Or will politicians continue to recognise the value of art as a force for economic and social regeneration? After the best decade for arts funding, has the sector made enough of the boom years? Does the cultural community have a strong case ready for the tough times ahead?

The Debate will take place against the backdrop of the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB, 19 April – 15 May 2010) and as Birmingham bids to be UK City of Culture 2013. There is limited availability for this unique event on the eve of the Election. Tickets, which are free of charge, will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

To secure your ticket(s), please email: communicate@urbancomms.com. Refreshments will be available on arrival. Email confirmation will be sent to all successful applicants. Please note the proceedings are likely to be recorded.