Participation in culture survey - have your say

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North Devon and Torridge District Councils are asking residents to help them work out how best to encourage cultural activity in the region by taking part in a survey.

The councils have launched the Northern Devon Flourishing Culture Participation Survey in order to help them understand current engagement in culture; events attended, museums visited and crafts created. The ultimate aim is to encourage more of the cultural activities that make northern Devon a great place to live, work and visit.

The survey follows the creation of a new strategy: "Flourishing Culture: The Northern Devon Cultural Strategy". The strategy sets out a vision that, by 2027, North Devon and Torridge will be place that is recognised "locally, nationally and internationally as an area where creativity thrives in unison with its landscape and communities." It was created in collaboration with the community and cultural organisations, creative practitioners and businesses and was adopted by the two district councils in 2022. 

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Ian Roome says: "Culture means different things to different people - from a local book group to an art gallery, from a big festival to a village sports team. Whatever it means to you, your voice matters in shaping the cultural landscape of northern Devon. Please take the opportunity to participate in our survey and help us ensure that our community thrives with vibrant cultural activities. Together we can pave the way for a future where every resident can enjoy and contribute to the rich tapestry of arts and culture that is abundant in our area."

Leader of Torridge District Council, Councillor Ken James says: "We are fortunate to have a wealth of culture, creativity, and a strong heritage in Torridge and North Devon. As a Torridge Councillor and a resident, I am proud of our area and it would be wonderful to see it gain more national and international recognition. It is crucial that we engage with as many residents as possible to gather their viewpoints. Please keep an eye on the council’s social media pages for further information on this fantastic initiative!"

The online survey is open between Tuesday 12 March and Tuesday 23 April 2024 and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.