Support Northern Powerhouse
culture this Christmas,' Minister says during Coronation Street
THE Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake
Berry, on Friday, 8 December 2017, called on communities to support local
cultural institutions over the festive break as he visited the Rovers Return set
of Britain's best loved soap. Jake Berry walked the famous cobbled street and
met the cast and crew of Coronation Street in Manchester to mark Northern
Powerhouse Culture Week, and celebrate over 57 years of the household show being
broadcast to the nation. During the trip he threw the spotlight on how
government investment is supporting cultural institutions across the North of
England, and urged people to get out and celebrate their local highlights.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said:- "I can't think of a more
perfect way of marking Culture Week than visiting the set of one of the world's
most iconic TV shows; made right here in the Northern Powerhouse. As well
as being an economic powerhouse, the North of England is also a cultural
powerhouse, with hundreds of the country's best museums, art galleries and other
cultural organisations on people's doorsteps. Over the festive period, I'd
encourage people to try something they haven't before. From Liverpool's Albert
Docks to Newcastle's Discovery Museum, let's enjoy some of the most iconic, well
known and well loved places the Northern Powerhouse has to offer."
As part of its commitment to ensuring that the Northern Powerhouse continues to
blaze trails in arts and culture industries in the UK, the Government has
million to the Hull City of Culture 2017.
► ₤20 million for the Great Exhibition of the North and for a
Northern Cultural Regeneration fund to pave way for future cultural investment
in the Northern Powerhouse.
► ₤78 million for the Factory Manchester - Manchester's new theatre
and exhibition space.
► From April 2018, an additional ₤170 million, or 75% of the Arts
Council's lottery funding, will be invested outside of London, which means an
additional 31 cultural institutions and organisations in the North will receive
regular Government investment.
During the visit, the Minister also visited the Manchester Museum, which has
benefitted from ₤5 million of Government funding, to hear about exciting plans
for a new South Asia Gallery. This will draw on some of the best of the national
collections from the British Museum to engage with the City Region's diverse
communities and tourists.