For immediate release
PUTTING THE ‘ART AND SOUL BACK INTO BURNLEY
Thursday 17 October 0930-13.00hrs, will see the North West Green MEP, Gina Dowding, visit Burnley’s new flagship digital hub – The Landmark – to lead ‘art and Soul – an engaging seminar, highlighting the relevance of art in the town. This event is in conjunction with a project from Girona in Spain which has been selected as a twinning scheme to enhance community cohesion through arts in schools.
The event will be a showcase from local professional creatives, Jai Redman and Ian Brownbill, talking about the strong cultural heritage of Burnley and how art is a potential for revitalisation of the town.
A section of the event will be delivered by the Spanish group, ConArte, to explore the “Planters”  project in Girona and the positive results the programme had in terms of achievement, wellbeing and community cohesion from facilitating art in schools.
Gina Dowding MEP said:
“The idea behind the seminar is to create a space for stakeholders to explore the important role art has to play in community cohesion, cultural regeneration and economic development, and that those things are inextricably linked. Our suggestion is that art and culture should become intrinsic to a community cohesion strategy: high-quality arts education within schools can help facilitate community cohesion and growth.”
The event has been created by Gina Dowding MEP and funded by the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament.