Culturapedia’s pivotal role in the arts in Lancashire

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?last night, (20th October 2011), was a landmark night for Culturapedia where almost all our current projects came together. Culturapedia’s Rob and Sue were out, wearing lots of hats.Working in partnership with Burnley Youth Theatre, Spot On Rural Touring programmed a production of CountryBoy’s Struggle, produced by Manchester’s Contact Theatre, into their fantastic BYT space.Back in August, through somewehreto_NW, we met a group of dancers from Longridge who call themselves ‘Synergy’.  They were looking for somewhereto_rehearse and somewhereto_  perform.  The show at BYT seemed a good fit so we approached Contact about them doing a curtain raiser.

Contact and Maxwell Golden, the writer and performer of CountryBoy’s Struggle, liked the idea so much they arranged to incorporate a routine from the dancers into the production.  What a great opportunity.

Synergy Dance Group perform at BYT

Back in 1997 Culturapedia worked on a successful bid for Lancashire County Council for We Play Cultural Olympiad funding.  The resulting project has evolved into Blaze, an ambitious youth-led culture and sport programme for Lancashire, Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

Blaze are great friends of Culturapedia and Paul, who works with us on somewhereto_ and also helps coordinate the Blaze programme.

They saw CounrtyBoy’s Struggle as a great opportunity to add value to their annual celebration of the project and invited all their young people and partners to BYT for an early evening viewing of their new video and awards ceremony.

As editors and managers of mailout, one of the countries most valued arts news sites, Culturapedia was asked to present two of the Blogging Awards to the young people who have used social media to such great effect as part of the Blaze Programme.

Another somewhereto_ er, Joanna Embly, had used a Blaze event to take photographs.  The celebration was also a chance for her to exhibit some of the fantastic work she did.

We were really impressed with what the Blaze young people achieved.  The show was fantastic, a really inspirational piece of theatre and a brilliant performance.  The dancers were great and incorporated into the show really well.  Maxwell brought them back onto the stage at the end to take a bow.  – What a somewehreto_ experience!

The whole evening was a great celebration of the arts in Lancashire and the North West and Culturapedia is really proud to have played such a pivotal part in bringing it together.