Plans to make Cornwall the UK’s leading rural creative economy

Cornwall Council is set to launch a new Creative Manifesto which sets out how it wants to make Cornwall the UK’s leading rural creative economy.

The 25-page document sets out a number of ideas and pledges for how Cornwall wants to support and boost its cultural industries.

A five-year plan the manifesto sets out how the sector will be boosted as well as supported with other industries in the Duchy.

However, while the document looks to the future a report going to councillors next week paints a less positive picture about the impact that COVID-19 has had on creative industries.

A survey undertaken by Creative Kernow found that 80% of people who responded had suffered direct financial losses worth a total of more than £4m among the sample.

And while many had been able to access support offered by the Government almost a quarter of them said they were not eligible for any help.

Cornwall Council brought forward £600,000 of funding for culture projects and other partners including the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England had also provided emergency support.

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The report also highlights that while the Government had announced a £1.57billion rescue package for the creative sector “in reality, due to the size and turnover of Cornwall’s small organisations, micro-businesses and freelance ecology, many won’t be able to access these funds”.

It adds: “We are once again experiencing the disparity felt by rural regions as funding is favoured towards the larger ‘jewels in the crown’ that are mainly situated in urban settings.”

However the report states that it hopes that the Creative Manifesto will help to “shine a light on the creative economies of rural regions”.

The manifesto includes place making plans which include helping to regenerate town centres, community festivals and cultural programming in towns and villages across Cornwall.

It also pledges to boost Cornish culture with projects to develop the Cornish language including film competitions, music competitions and developing a centre for cultural organisations working on different aspects of Cornish culture.

The plan also sets out ambitions to attract major events to Cornwall such as the Celtic Media Festival, the Tour of Britain men’s and women’s events and proposals to host a major prize announcement in Cornwall such as the Turner Prize or Man Booker Prize.

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It also wants to develop the profile of international events which already take place in Cornwall, such as the International Male Voice Choir Festival and recognise the role of major events such as Boardmasters, Eden Sessions and Leopallooza in Cornwall.

The manifesto also sets out plans to provide more support for businesses in the creative and digital industries and highlights the Creative Cluster planned in Penzance, Pydar Street development in Truro and the Cattle Market in Liskeard.

It also wants to help encourage the development of creative talent with children and young people, graduates and creatives by providing more training opportunities and more spaces to develop skills.

The Creative Manifesto is set to go before a meeting of Cornwall Council’s economic growth and development overview and scrutiny committee when it meets on Tuesday (Oct13).

Cornwall Live