Nottingham could receive a central government boost if it adopts a new approach to culture, an enquiry recommends.
Leaders across culture, education, design, hospitality and city leadership say cities like Nottingham could unlock their potential through culture.
The Culture Cities Enquiry, published on February 5, recommends:
- Cities should establish cultural agreements to create a stronger vision for culture
- Cultural organisations in the city should look at stronger ways to share professional expertise
- Local business and investors should be given incentives to invest in cultural ventues
- The government should encourage and extend tax relief opportunities across the creative and cultural sector
Paul Russ, chief executive of modern-performance studio Dance4 said: “Nottingham has all the foundations for becoming one of Europe’s leading cities for culture and creativity.”
According to the European Commission, Nottingham outscores Paris, Vienna and Barcelona for its “enabling environment for culture and creativity”.
Mr Russ, who is also chairman of Nottingham’s Strategic Cultural Partnership which promotes culture in the city, added: “While the city has many challenges, it has seen growth in its cultural provision with many companies now recognised by Arts Council England as nationally significant.”
Nottingham city council leader Councillor Jon Collins said: “With massive government cuts to the council’s funding, it’s welcome that this report challenges the government to help us find a radically different approach to delivering cultural provision.”
Nottingham’s world-class universities and a four year financial boost is set to be worth over £25 million for the local economy.
In 2017 Nottingham’s bid to be European City of Culture in 2023 was blocked due the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.