Part of Canterbury City Council’s Cultural Policy is to:
  • Have a range of good quality leisure and cultural facilities for the local community
  • Provide opportunities for existing and new audiences to participate in culture and sport
  • Enhance Canterbury’s reputation as an international tourism destination

These are achieved by supporting projects.  These are either one off projects like the Olympics (still leaving a legacy) or projects that we set up and that have then gone on to be developed by others i.e. the Cultural Awards or the Laureate programme. Each project adheres to the Cultural policy and also helps develop local artists and the local economy.

Culture Awards

The Culture Awards were created to recognise the important role of culture as part of the history and fabric of the Canterbury District, to highlight individual achievements and to celebrate the quality, diversity and vibrancy that makes up the cultural scene here and across East Kent. It is organised by Canterbury 4 Culture.

Laureate Programme

From 2008 to 2013, a Canterbury Laureate was appointed every 18 months to promote and inspire writing across the district through high profile appearances and workshop programmes.

2012 Olympics

To mark this momentous year and in line with the broader Olympic values, Canterbury Council presented ‘Celebrate 2012’, a series of events and activities designed to ensure the local community enjoyed a summer to remember. Numerous organisations and venues participated in the programme  which attracted and developed new audiences who had the chance to experience the range of high quality arts, cultural and sporting activity available across the district.

The Little Blue Hut

A residency project started in 2009 in a Beach Hut on Tankerton slopes to provide local creatives with a place for inspiration.

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