On 14 September, the Key Cities APPG held its annual general meeting followed by a discussion on culture policy in cities and towns. The meeting was chaired by John Stevenson MP.
Following the retirement of Julie Elliott and Tracy Brabin, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP was elected Co-Chair and Baroness Wilcox of Newport Vice Chair. The Annual Report, Minutes and Financial Statement are available here.
The cultural policy discussion was introduced by Key Cities Deputy Chair and Culture Lead Cllr. Alan Waters, the Leader of Norwich City Council. Emma Squire, the director of Arts, Heritage & Tourism at DCMS, gave an overview of the Department's engagement with cities and towns, and Arts Council England's Midlands area director Peter Knott provided the Arts Council perspective. All three emphasised a desire to build effective stakeholder engagement to leverage the wider benefits of culture for communities and places throughout he country.
These contributions and the discussion that followed can be seen in the recording below.