A year-long celebration of the county’s arts and culture will be supported by more than 50 local partners and together they aim to reach two million people from Northamptonshire, neighbouring counties and beyond.
The 2020 Year of Arts & Culture initiative is organised by the Northamptonshire; Britain’s Best Surprise team and builds on the success of previous Historic Houses, Churches and Food and Drink campaigns.
Led by the Lord Lieutenant David Laing and his deputies, the group is championing an exceptional programme of brilliant performances, festivals, art and events that enrich our lives and help attract new audiences and visitors to the county.
The campaign starts with a formal launch on February 7 at The Core in Corby, with the unveiling of the iconic Museum of The Moon light installation; a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram hosted at The Core at Corby Cube as part of this year’s Grow Festival.
Jo Gordon, CEO, Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust and Britain’s Best Surprise board member commented: “This year we will celebrate the brilliant artistic and cultural experiences taking place across Northamptonshire, and aim to reach more than two million people with an exciting programme of events.
“Keeping culture at the heart of all the current regeneration initiatives in the county, there is no better time to be throwing a spotlight on all that Northamptonshire has to offer, showcasing the activities of local artists, amateur theatre groups, museums, galleries, festivals and theatres.”
Jo added: “The county already attracts over 20 million visitors and £1 billion tourism spend each year. We look forward to working together and boosting these already impressive visitor numbers”.
Helen Wilmott, Made in Corby Programme Director commented: "We're really excited to be launching the 2020 Arts & Culture initiative at Grow Festival and welcoming people to Corby to enjoy some spectacular art.
“This year’s highlights include a magical music and light parade with the Spark! Drummers, a spectacular aerial dance finale from Heliosphere and walkabout acts, multi-sensory experiences and enchanting performances sprinkled all around the town centre."
Regular cultural activity by a variety of organisations, venues and artists will take place throughout the year, but the 2020 Arts & Culture campaign will particularly throw the spotlight on the following key events.
For full 2020 event details visit: www.northamptonshiresurprise.com/arts