Plans to create a strategic partnership to propel an ambitious cultural strategy for our region have been approved by BCP Council’s Cabinet.  

The council is to set up a Cultural Compact – a multi-partner approach to develop and lead the cultural offering across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and attract future investment. 

Initially led by BCP Council the Cultural Compact will be made up of partners across business, health, education and charities as well as the cultural sector as it drives plans around creative education, development and investment in arts and culture, enabling more people of all backgrounds to actively participate in culture. 

The move is in responce to the findings of the 2019 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Enquiry that Lighthouse Chief Executive Elspeth McBain (pictured) has contributed to from the start. 

In a statement released this week she said: “There is a great deal of cultural excellence and innovation within this region and it is hugely important that we take a strategic joined up approach to developing a cohesive and comprehensive cultural structure to advocate for, develop and promote not only the existing offer, but to drive a new cultural ambition for our communities and take culture to the next level. 

“An innovative and bold multi-sector compact for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will provide the foundations for this work to happen and for a new cultural plan to be created that connects our communities and supports recovery from the impacts of 2020.” 

Published 26 January 2021