Blueprint aims to make district best for arts

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An outdoor event which could attract up to 100,000 people forms part of a new plan to gain our district international recognition for its arts and culture.

A new seven year blueprint for the arts in the Lancaster district, entitled 20:20 Vision, was launched at The Hothouse, the home of More Music.

The plan aims to see the Lancaster district recognised as a beacon for the arts, and for Morecambe develop into an arts and festival town.

It also hopes to encourage young people to remain in the district because of its arts and culture, whether they were born in the area or arrived as students.

The aims include to increase the number of arts events including a significant free outdoor event to attract 100,000 people, to add the arts to major developments in Lancaster such as the re-opening of Lancaster Castle, the Square Routes project and the plans to develop the Canal Corridor, to support arts job opportunities for young people, to create 60 new commissions annually and 20 with a digital aspect, to host at least 20 internationally renowned artists, to bring back the Lancaster Design Awards and to encourage investment in the arts by health, education, social services and local authorities to increase annually by 5%

The plan was agreed by Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster Arts Partners in consultation with the local arts community