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NFDC supporting community, arts and culture with the launch of Folio

folio A new collaboration between museums, galleries, music, theatre and arts organisations across the New Forest was launched on 18 July and introduced to residents at the New Forest Show.  Folio, which is being coordinated and supported by New Forest District Council, will enable cultural and community organisations to share resources and good practice and benefit from joint promotion. The partnership is designed to ensure that creative and educational opportunities offered by the member organisations benefit the wider community.

New Forest District Council has worked to support local cultural and community organisations over many years, setting up the New Forest Arts Forum to bring them together. Folio now replaces the Forum. It will enable the partners to submit joint funding applications to ensure that arts activities such as the New Forest Arts Festival, run last year with the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council, remain sustainable. A new shared website, will promote the opportunities on offer from partner organisations and provide a single hub for information on arts and heritage in the New Forest, making it easier for people to find their way into local arts and cultural activities.

Councillor James Binns, portfolio holder for Leisure and Wellbeing, said:

"Participation in the arts and cultural events can contribute to community cohesion, enrich people's lives and support emotional and mental wellbeing. That is why New Forest District Council is proud to have worked with these partners over many years, and to support the launch of Folio. It will support the cultural offer within the district, helping to deliver outcomes that result in our residents being healthier and happier."

As well as traditional and mainstream quality productions, exhibitions and programmes, the Folio partners aim to develop joint schemes and activities that will benefit the wider community and address themes such as bullying, dementia, social isolation and mental health.

Folio members include Forest Arts, hArt, CODA, Forest Forge Theatre Company, SPUD, St Barbe's Museum and the New Forest Centre. Partner organisations deliver activities ranging from museums and gallery exhibitions to live music, arts and crafts workshops and educational projects for all ages and all abilities. 


Updated: 3 Aug 2018
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