Completing our series of features on some of our tourism and hospitality members, here is an update on measures to support this important sector of our economy and some exciting ideas for the future.
The North East Culture Partnership (NECP) brings together arts and culture practitioners, all twelve local authorities, the region’s universities, colleges, businesses and voluntary organisations, and works at a policy level.
The partnership’s collective purpose is to champion, promote and support the arts and heritage sectors in the region and internationally.
NECP has recently published its Culture and Tourism Recovery and Resilience Plan, following a period of extensive consultation.
The tourism and culture sectors have been hit particularly hard by the Covid crisis. These sectors make a huge contribution to the region, not just economically, but also in terms of our sense of place, identity and our wider wellbeing, and will play a critical role in the our recovery. The plan is a forward looking, positive document, that makes the case for investment – and it’s clear that modest support could lead to transformational results.
There is exciting potential for the North East to innovate and lead the way, particularly through initiatives such ‘CreativeDistance’, through which the Partnership is seeking to gather together the bold new ideas coming forward from the culture and tourism sectors to re-design, re-imagine and reopen. NECP is currently in discussion with potential funders, and further updates will follow in due course.
The document can be accessed here:
James Ramsbotham, Chamber chief executive said: “The Cultural Sector is so important to the North East in so many ways and we all look forward to seeing it thrive again. Whilst we all recognise that it may be some time before large numbers of people will feel comfortable congregating together for any cultural event we all eagerly anticipate the day when we are able to do so. It is so important for the mental health of so many and our arts, culture and heritage are the very soul of our community. Whilst we will find many ways of enjoying so much in a virtual world we must all work together to ensure that all our great cultural and heritage venues are able to survive and deliver their full potential in the future. We all long for that day.”