Towards 2040.

What will arts and culture look like in Chelmsford in 2040?

Ignite Chelmsford has started some long-term thinking to support our community, partners and investors around two crucial issues:
• the kind of city we want Chelmsford to be in 2040, and;
• how arts and culture can help us realise our vision.

Although we don’t know what the next 20 years have in store, there is plenty to address: From supporting our ageing population, improving accessibility and celebrating our diversity to strengthening a sense of identity and belonging and creating more opportunities for young people. We are looking for new ways to embrace our green spaces and waterways, grow our creative economy and better integrate with our health and social care services.

We believe that working as a city we can achieve more. That’s why we hosted our inaugural Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Summit on 20th July, providing space for Chelmsford’s strategic leaders, communities and influencers to come together and share their ideas and concerns. And why we are publishing Towards 2040, our shared cultural vision.

We hope Towards 2040 will catalyse our Creative Community into action. Making it easy for absolutely everybody to get involved in realising Chelmsford’s ambition to place arts, culture, and science at the heart of our future together.

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How else will we know what teachers are thinking?  

How else will we know what teachers are thinking?  

As a community of creative individuals, we all know the value of the arts for children and young people, whether it’s about well-being and mental health, building character, or learning about what it means to be human. Schools, in this case, play a huge part on how...

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Return of the Fringe

Return of the Fringe

Back in November 2021, a packed day of events featuring tech, theatre, music, film, dance, circus and poetry took place in a range of venues across Chelmsford in what was the pilot for a Chelmsford Fringe Festival (CFF). It was a great opportunity to test the city’s appetite for a Fringe Festival and support the case for a larger event in future.

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MENCAP Art Exhibit

MENCAP Art Exhibit

Today I had the great opportunity to go down to High Chelmer and have a look at the amazing artwork done by the students at MENCAP. There is a wonderful variety of art in multiple different mediums done by 50 students, all aged between 18 and 68 for you to enjoy. The...

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