The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Symposium, Re-Imagining Place: Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Through Culture, took place at the Guildhall Worcester in March 2023, marking the culmination of the five first round Cultural Development Fund (CDF) projects and offering opportunities to celebrate, share learning, connect and be inspired by those projects in Grimsby, Plymouth, Thames Estuary, Wakefield and Worcester.
Reimagining Place: Sustainable and inclusive growth through culture. This event marks the culmination of the 1st round Cultural Development Fund (CDF) projects. Places limited - no live streaming. Worcester Guildhall, 9 March. Register now 👇
Plymouth in South West England is supporting the iMayflower project.
iMayflower is designed to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power across the city.
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Wakefield in West Yorkshire will deliver capital developments, provide a business support programme for local creative businesses and support creative and skills development.
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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.
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.
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. By creating the space to nourish, innovate and re-energise for all of the trailblazing first round of CDF projects, we influence, communicate, learn, celebrate, drive further investment and secure the legacy of the Cultural Development Fund.
Announced by DCMS as part of the Creative Industries Sector Deal to help the country’s world-leading cultural and creative industries thrive, the five first round CDF locations across England include Creative Estuary, Grimsby, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester. Each received a share of £20m to invest in local culture, heritage and creative industries and help drive economic growth.
The CDF Network acts as a forum to support the evaluation of the CDF first round and the link between cultural investment and local growth. The CDF is a prime opportunity to build the evidence base around culture’s impact. Helping to build and amplify the evidence base at a national and local level – and to share this with the wider creative and cultural sector – is an important component of this.