East Devon Cultural Strategy

Our new strategy aims to strengthen, promote and grow arts and culture in East Devon, offering high quality creative opportunities, accessible to people of all ages, in all communities.

Our mission is to balance the unique identities, independence and quirks of each East Devon community with the need to work together on ambitious, shared initiatives that transcend any one organisation, artform or place. This will include partners from within and beyond our district.

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Our cultural strategy themes

There are eight core themes to the strategy:

Strengthening the community

Support the unique, community-led cultural organisations whose efforts enhance the high quality of life and wellbeing in East Devon’s towns and villages

Protecting the environment

Establish East Devon as an innovator and regional beacon of culture-led environmental protection, enhancement and activism

Growing cultural tourism

Establish new cultural products, partnerships and promotional activity to mutually benefit and grow the creative and visitor economies

Creative enterprise and skills

Build inspiring talent development pathways for the current and next generation of East Devon creatives

New places for culture

Ensure all East Devon residents, especially children and young people, can experience high quality culture and creativity in their local areas


Support the sector to connect, work collectively, share best practice and lever investment through greater joint working

Cultural Leadership

Be ambitious and drive change by bringing together a diverse range of partners to drive forward and advocate for the Cultural Strategy and secure inward investment

Capture Value

Ensure continuous learning and improvement by monitoring and evaluating the change that creativity and culture has on people and place


Search and connect with local cultural organisations and creatives near you.


Have a look at upcoming funding and training opportunities.


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