ACE backs North East plan

And Vaizey says it’s a ‘template’ for regions

Arts Council England chair Sir Peter Bazalgette has backed plans for a cultural renaissance in the North-East.

Bazalgette and culture minister Ed Vaizey have endorsed the North East Case for Culture – a 15-year plan for arts and heritage in the region - as a "template " for other regions.

The plan, which links the area's 12 local authorities with arts and heritage organisations, development bodies and higher education institutions, aims to attract £300 million of cultural investment in the area over the next five years.

Culture minister Vaizey said, "In this financial climate, people just cannot work in silos anymore. We have to forge partnerships... I want to work with the North East but I also want to take [its] template and broadcast it nationally."

At a launch event in London, Bazalgette said the plan was "a really eloquent case for investment in arts and culture".

He promised that ACE would continue to address the imbalance in arts funding between London and the regions.

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