Come and join the cultural conversation

Groups and individuals with an interest in arts, heritage, culture and all manner of creative activities are being invited to help develop South Kesteven District Council's new cultural strategy.

The public engagement process will begin in the four market towns with a series of meetings for stakeholders and strategic partners, starting in Stamford on 23 January.

Initially these meetings will be by invitation only, but a wider programme of consultation - both online and face-to-face - will be introduced throughout the spring and early summer.

SKDC officers, working with colleagues within the council's growth and regeneration company InvestSK, will lead the meetings to discuss the cultural sector and celebrate the vital role that arts and heritage play in the district's economic development.

The meetings will explore SK's current cultural landscape, identifying priorities for future delivery, considering resource implications, recognising challenges and discovering opportunities.

Councillor Matthew Lee, The Leader of South Kesteven District Council, said; "We are developing an exciting new cultural strategy that supports the Council's ambitious growth plans for the District. 

"The contribution of partners, stakeholders, residents, artists, performers and creatives is an important part of the process, to ensure a truly representative strategy fit for a new decade of cultural excellence in South Kesteven."   

South Kesteven already has a rich vein of cultural activity, including two thriving arts centres and a varied festival programme. 

Any arts or heritage practitioner or local group wishing to attend the initial meetings can register an interest to attend. Places are free but limited so do please get in touch as soon as possible. 

Register or express an interest in being involved by contacting Michael Cross (Heads of Arts for InvestSK) by email by calling 07966 299400.

Dates for the sessions are:

Cultural strategy

For media enquiries:

Email the SKDC communications team at or call 01476 406498 or 406440.