City’s cultural organisations generate £27m

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A NEW report reveals that Liverpool’s cultural organisations generated around £27 million pounds for the city in just one year. The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report looks at 36 cultural organisations in the city which are funded through the city council’s Culture Liverpool Investment Programme (CLIP). It found that:
  • Arts organisations generated £27million into the city from a wide variety of local, national and international sources. This includes attracting millions of visitors and inward investment.
  • An impressive 29,840 cultural activities took place in the city from 2015/16, with 66% of this activity targeted at special groups – young people, homeless, veterans etc.
  • At least 4.6 million people attended funded events and festivals (broken down as 2,916,331 for events and 1,748,942 for festivals).
  • More than 258,000 people took part in cultural activities.
  • The funding enabled the organisations to raise an additional £15,140,917 from public and private sources.
  • Organisations reported their activities achieved a huge array of social impacts and benefits – for example improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness, worklessness, long-term health issues or poor mental health. Young people with experience of the criminal justice system showed that those taking part in cultural events became more engaged in community, school and home life.
The full report can be found at www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/impactreport. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This report acts as a reminder of the hugely important role culture and the arts plays in the life of this city, both for residents and visitors. “We know about the economic boost generated by the sector, but what’s more important is the positive, priceless impact on the day-to-day life of residents and their communities shown in this report. “Here are 36 examples of how continually investing in culture can result in unparalleled improvements in people’s health and wellbeing.  At the same time it succeeds in generating pride among those who live here and showing the world that we are an ambitious, creative city which will always push boundaries and always have social justice at our heart.” The 36 funded organisations are: 20 Stories High, Africa Oye, Black-E, Bluecoat, Bluecoat Display Centre, Brouhaha, Collective Encounters, The Comedy Trust, DaDa Fest, Fact, First Take, Homotopia, Hope Street Ltd, Lantern Company, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool Carnival Company, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool Pride, LOOK, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Metal Culture, Milapfest, Open Culture, Open Eye Limited, Pagoda Arts, Positive Impact, Squash Nutrition, Tate Liverpool, Royal Court Theatre, Tmesis, Unity Theatre, Windows Project, Writing on the Wall. Liverpool City Council works with Arts Council England to support the city’s cultural organisations.