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CDF Network – Round Two Projects

For the first time, a full listing and summary of all 7 of the successful 2nd round Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Projects. We're delighted to welcome #Barnsley, #Berwick, #IsleOfWight, #Middlesbrough, #Rochdale, #Stockport and #Torbay to the CDF Network

Insights and Inspiration from CDF Network

The Creative Industries Policy Evidence Centre (Creative PEC) has published a suite of resources designed for those working in Local Authorities (LAs) who are considering investing in their creative industries, including a number of case studies from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Network and Pioneering Places projects.

RTPI Planning Awards

RTPI Planning Awards: Pioneering Places nominated as Best Project Pioneering Places, a cultural placemaking project delivered across four locations in Kent by leading cultural and...

Skills Case Study: Creative Apprenticeships

Martha's Story: the journey of a creative apprentice, from warehouse manager to assistant producer for Worcester Arches Festivals

Creating cultural centres outside London

Prior to the DCMS announcement of the second round of investments through the Cultural Development Fund, (CDF), the CDF Network presented case studies through the first round CDF projects at Creative UK's Creative Coalition Festival 2022.

How can culture engineer the levelling-up agenda?

During this session at Creative UK's Creative Coalition Festival 2022, our expert panel discussed the role of culture in engineering the levelling-up agenda.The Levelling Up White Paper, published on 2nd February 2022, included 107 references to how culture can support the levelling up agenda, with a promise that DCMS will further set out its plan to deliver to this agenda in the spring.

CDF Network

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Network is the national collective that shares best practice and generates knowledge to capture and celebrate the success of the DCMS CDF round one investment. 

Levelling Up White Paper: Culture

So, it's here at last ... the Government's long-delayed white paper for levelling-up. We already know that investment through culture and heritage has a...

Role of heritage and culture in levelling up

“Forgotten” heritage sites and cultural organisations recognised for role played in ‘Levelling Up’ local towns and cities Cultural regeneration projects at disused heritage sites across...

Levelling up through culture and heritage

Although conceived years before the phrase became a central part of government policy, the achieved outcomes of Pioneering Places provide evidence of what Levelling Up might look like in practice, with the right focus, partners and ambition. With all four of the project locations based in local authorities identified as priority one areas in the Levelling Up Prospectus, and specific sites such as the Folkestone gasworks and Ramsgate’s East Cliff in the top 10% most deprived wards in the country, there is a clear need to find new, innovative and creative ways to address the issues of our left-behind towns and smaller cities. 

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