Crawley Borough Council has been awarded £15,000 Arts Council England National Lottery funding to help stage a major 70th birthday event.
Working with producers Same Sky and Cohesion Plus, the council will stage The BIG Seven-0, a cultural event taking place on Saturday 25 November in Memorial Gardens to celebrate the New Town’s 70th birthday.
The funding has been granted from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, a programme for creative activities that engage people in England and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work.
The BIG Seven-0 will harness the cultural diversity of the town that engages children, young people and families in a celebratory way; independent artists and established and emerging community groups will explore the cultural heritage of the town – past, present and future.
Crawley has an ever-changing, vibrant and diverse cultural landscape. This will be captured by our artistic collaboration with Same Sky and Cohesion Plus who have a long track record of working in the south east using the arts to promote cohesion and shared values, showcasing artistic excellence in the areas where they work.
The producers aim to create a celebratory event that fuses cultures and helps give space to a new Crawley cultural identity.
An outreach phase with local schools and community groups will draw on the arts activity that is currently being generated throughout the town and this in turn will give shape to The BIG Seven-0, featuring music, dance and theatre from both community and professional artists.
Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “The Big Seven-0 provides an opportunity for our schools and local groups to work with professional and community artists to work together to create a visible and engaging event inspiring the town.
“This event will be a great way to celebrate the 70th birthday of Crawley’s New Town.”
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “This Arts Council England funding will help us create an exciting event that builds on our thriving cultural offer. The Big Seven-0 promises to be a fantastic celebration.”