Funding boost for art, culture and tourism

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Three year’s worth of arts funding - aimed at boosting tourism - has been secured by the team at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts.

The team led on the bid for £292,500 funding from the Arts Council, over the next three years, as part of the ‘Cultural Destinations’ initiative.

The central aim of the project is to use arts and culture to boost tourism in the region, encourage more overnight stays and develop collaborative packages for tourists.

It will be run by Calderdale Council in partnership with partners like Square Chapel, Orangebox, Halifax Festival and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Pete Massey, Acting Director North of the Arts Council England, said: “Calderdale has some fantastic cultural organisations and festivals and this new partnership will showcase them to the world.

“Their plans to develop themed cultural tourism packages aimed at different audiences means that they will work with the tourism sector and other arts organisations as well as regional hospitality and volunteer services to encourage more people to visit the region to enjoy arts and culture – a great example of partnership working.”

The funding is a boost as Halifax town centre aims to undergo a cultural regeneration with Square Chapel’s cornerstone project and the new central library.