Oldham Council and our partners have developed a new strategy aimed at boosting creativity and culture.
The Oldham Cultural Strategy 2021–30 will look to ensure culture, arts and heritage are at the forefront of our vision for the borough.
The document was officially launched at Gallery Oldham – in the week that the annual Illuminate Festival is set to light up the town centre.
It’s the result of an online consultation which more than 800 residents, workers and stakeholders took part in during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The last two years have been hard for everyone, but the council and our partners are determined to see Oldham town centre and the wider borough thrive.
“Having a cultural offer that is inclusive for everyone is at the heart of that.
“Oldham is already a place where artists, cultural organisations, businesses and communities work closely together. We already have a brilliant cultural offer – but we want to extend that even further.
“This isn’t going to happen overnight. But if we build on our strengths – such as our young people, existing cultural assets and strong partnership working – we can make Oldham a cultural hub.”
The document clearly sets out a long-term vision of how all the contributors feel culture should be a cornerstone in Oldham.
The new strategy sets out how we can use culture to bring residents of all ages and backgrounds together to help and support them to lead more creative, healthy, happy and prosperous lives.
By strengthening and extending partnerships with education and training providers and the creative industries across the region, we aim to create better pathways and progression for talent and career development.
The strategy also looks at how we can make the most of our existing buildings, facilities and indoor and outdoor spaces to create a calendar of gigs, exhibitions and performances.