Creative Barking and Dagenham lays out plans for the year

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 January 2017

Last year's Creative Barking and Dagenham Festival

Last year's Creative Barking and Dagenham Festival


Art, film, festivals and plenty more is coming from Creative Barking and Dagenham this year.

Creative Barking and Dagenham meetingCreative Barking and Dagenham meeting

The arts group met up and invited local residents to discuss their future plans for arts and culture events at the Boathouse on Thursday evening.

More than 50 people showed up to talk about the return of their big name events, including DagFest, Glow and Geraldine Pilgrim, the later a theatre show, which is supported by the group at the venue, in Abbey Road, Barking.

Helen Ball, head of engagement, said: “This project has grown so successfully in our first 3 years,”

“Between 2017 and 2019, we’re doubling our ambitions and our commitment to our residents who we know have huge ambitions to ensure that culture and creativity bring benefits and value to everyone living, working or visiting Barking and Dagenham.

“Our belief is that this area deserves the best creative opportunities and the way we work means that anyone can get involved at any time, and will always be welcomed.”

The project is planning to run more than 80,000 cultural opportunities in the next three years.

They will also be offering a new partnerships fund, open to those who share their aims to make culture fun accessible to all, and build the reputation of Barking and Dagenham as a place where great art is made and shown.

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