A new 'cultural strategy', setting out future ambitions for Shropshire, will go out for consultation after being considered by Shropshire Council​'s Cabinet on Monday 5 October.

The Vibrant Shropshire initiative was developed in partnership with key stakeholders, including the Arts Council and the local cultural sector, through the Cultural Strategy Working Group. 

The new strategy sets out the ambition and priorities for the cultural sector in the Shropshire Council area over the next 10 years. It aims to raise further awareness of the importance of culture, leisure and tourism.

The new strategy emphasises the importance of culture to quality of life, health & wellbeing and the economy, and the role it plays in developing happier and healthier people and communities.

Commenting, Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste & communications, said:  “Coronavirus has focussed our minds on what we have missed, as so many places were forced to close. It certainly highlighted how much we value cultural assets like museums and theatres, and just how much we enjoyed using our country parks for our daily exercise.

“This Cultural Strategy was developed in partnership with the county’s cultural sector so is not just a Shropshire Council strategy, but a strategy that everyone in the Shropshire Council area can really take ownership of.

“The sector needs a joint effort, whether it be time or money, to recover and flourish as we know it can in Shropshire.”

The draft Cultural Strategy will be available for public consultation until mid-December. You can access it by clicking here.