Published: Monday, 30th December 2019

Residents, businesses and organisations are invited to attend a public session to have their say on a new cultural strategy for Medway.

Medway already has a rich cultural offer and is filled with artists and creatives, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges and universities, creative companies and businesses all supporting the area’s vibrant and innovative cultural scene. Alongside this, Medway boasts historic gems including Rochester Castle - the finest and tallest Norman castle in the country; Rochester Cathedral - the second oldest cathedral in England; Chatham’s Historic Dockyard and Fort Amherst, all of which help attract visitors and boost the local economy. Residents also enjoy the many free festivals and events which take place across Medway each year, as well as visiting the area’s picturesque greenspaces - the equivalent of 13.3 Hyde Parks - and seven Green Flag accredited parks.

The cultural strategy will set out Medway’s vision to develop and improve its cultural offer and provide more opportunities for its residents. Anyone who has an interest in shaping the future of arts and culture in Medway is invited to attend the Open Space event to help shape the strategy and further develop Medway as a great place to live, work, learn and visit. Using Open Space Technology (OST), attendees will be able to set their own agenda to give them an opportunity to think, talk and take action together.

In July 2019, Medway announced its aspiration to become City of Culture 2025. The ambition to bid has been driven by a large number of organisations across Medway working in partnership and recognising the strong cultural heritage and culture of innovation that personifies Medway. Winning City of Culture would create a legacy for Medway and promote the area’s cultural offer locally and across the country too.

Register your place

Event: Medway Cultural Strategy – Open Space

Date: Saturday, 18 January

Time: 10am – 1.30pm

Venue: Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS

If you’d like to help shape Medway’s cultural vision and have your say on the Cultural Strategy, please register your place now to attend the Open Space event.

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