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SUMMER 2021 WILTSHIRE CREATIVE: CELEBRATING CULTURAL RECOVERY AND COMMUNITY HEALING

Summer film
13 September 2021

SUMMER 2021 WILTSHIRE CREATIVE:  CELEBRATING CULTURAL RECOVERY AND COMMUNITY HEALING 

Wiltshire Creative’s extensive Summer 2021 programme has provided a variety of opportunities for cultural recovery and community healing in the South West, enabling thousands of people to take part in rebuilding the region’s creativity after the pandemic. To highlight the achievements made throughout summer, Wiltshire Creative has released today a Summer Celebration Film, created in response to a summer of community recovery, creativity and rediscovery in the South West. The film celebrates moments of community cohesion and joy throughout summer at Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse, whilst also highlighting the breadth of Wiltshire Creative’s commitment to bringing arts to outdoor spaces across the region and their role in the cultural recovery of the South West. 

With events, activities, performances  and workshops for participants of all ages, the reach of Wiltshire Creative throughout summer 2021 has been widespread. Wiltshire Creative has: 

  • Showcased 181 artworks at Salisbury Arts Centre
  • Entertained over 10,000 audience members across 58 free summer events
  • Supported 17 new performance projects and over 140 freelance creatives
  • Created over 2000 craft packs for audiences of all ages
  • Poured over 2500 coffees in the newly renovated Salisbury Arts Centre Café

Highlights of the summer season at Wiltshire Creative also included the return of City Encounters and the advent of Tidworth Encounters and Tidworth Family Fiesta, featuring free family arts, circus, live music and performances from Fool’s ParadiseCirco Rum Ba BaKapow Dance and Swish Boing. Also highlighted in the film is the success of Wiltshire Creative’s SHIFT programme for young creatives and the return of the Summer Open Exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre, offering space for local artists to display their works.

Whilst celebrating the impact and events of Wiltshire Creative over the summer months, the  Summer Celebration Film will also look ahead to the next steps in recovering culture in the Wiltshire region, celebrating the re-opening of Salisbury Playhouse with the upcoming season: opening with John Godber’s September in the Rain (16 September – 9 October), followed by Julian Barnes’ The Lemon Table (14 October – 23 October) with Ian McDiarmid and directed by Michael Grandage, and concluding with Mike Ayers’ Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon (3 December – 31 December), directed by Gareth Machin with music by Tayo Akinbode.