Blackpool, Bradford and the Lake District will receive a share of £15 million from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund for major cultural projects, as announced by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS) fund was created to help build a regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North's three months of activity by encouraging sustainable cultural and creative regeneration for place with historically low levels of investment in these areas.
Projects earmarked for the money are:
- £4 million to help transform the vacant building that used to bte the Bradford Odeon Cinema into a 4,000 capacity live music, entertainment and events venue
- Almost £3.3 million to build upon the visitor experience at cultural attractions within the Lake District since becoming the UK's newest World Heritage Site
- £4 million for a new Blackpool museum celebrating the town's history as the UK's first hugely popular seaside holiday resort
Eleven towns and cities across the north of England bid for the fund.
Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said:
"These exciting projects will provide a true cultural legacy for people across the North that increases tourism, boosts local economies and creates jobs for the future. They reflect the diversity and unique identity of Blackpool, Bradford and the Lake District and will enable them to realise their exciting cultural ambitions."
Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, said:
"These multi-million pound cultural investments in Blackpool, Bradford and the Lake District represent a major economic and cultural boost for the Northern Powerhouse. From converting a vacant cinema into a state-of-the-art venue to improving access to the UK’s newest World Heritage site, these investments will have a transformative effect, benefitting local communities by creating new jobs while increasing tourism from across the UK and further afield."
Eleven towns and cities from across the North of England bid for a share of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, which encourages sustainable cultural and creative regeneration in the Northern Powerhouse and will benefit areas with historically low levels of cultural and creative investment.
A new fund which will give access to finance for the cultural and creative industries sectors in the North of England will also be created.