Corbyn promises “cultural renaissance” with £1 billion investment in the arts
The Labour party have promised an investment of £1 billion in the arts, at the launch of their “Arts for All” manifesto yesterday evening.
The launch, held at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, was attended by a number of figures from the cultural world.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, announced “I love the arts, I love theatre, I love art, music – I love the inspiration it brings to all our lives. Arts, music and culture are not separate from science, engineering and ideas – you need that inspiration in whatever you do.
“Our arts policy is to create a £1 billion arts fund and that will ensure that the libraries, theatres and the local arts facilities are improved and remain available for all.”
He suggested that the investment would see a “cultural renaissance” and that the arts would sit at the “heart of government”.
Musician Emeli Sandé stated that “Every child, whatever their background, should be able to enjoy the fundamentals in life, and access to the arts is crucial to that.”
The party also proposed an investment of £1 billion for youth services and a £175 million annual “arts pupil premium” for junior schools. Labour also suggested more transparency in lottery funding.
Corbyn also promised to maintain free access to museums and art galleries across the country.