What difference do cultural events make in Stoke-on-Trent?Being part of the City of Culture bid process has been amazing, we've seen such significant results from the bid process itself that it almost feel's like a win already. We're confident that no matter the result, the freshly galvanised approach and sense of working together that the process has created will have a ripple effect in the area for years to come.
However, today is a big day and as the representatives from the bid team present their final case to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, this lunchtime, we're hopefully all prepared to make some noise in support of the #SoT2021 Bid.
With that in mind, we asked our audiences...
What difference do arts and cultural events make in Stoke-on-Trent?Here's our top 12!
1. Makes the community spirit of Stoke (On-Trent) shine.
2. It makes a difference because it gives you an opportunity to do something new and different.
3. They put Stoke-on-Trent on the map and enable us to be rightly proud of our city and its culture.
4. It brings culture and a great atmosphere to the city. It's something I'd love to see more of.
5. Stoke (on-Trent) really deserves something artistic and creative...It can only make Stoke (on-Trent) a richer place in terms of innovation and creativity.
6. Massive. they get people out, engaged, stimulated, open minds and entertain. Community art which brings people together is essential.
7. I think events like this are important to bring people to the city, which in turn hopefully brings business to the city.
8. It really puts Stoke-on-Trent on the cultural map. Knowing and feeling the quality of the event makes a significant difference to peoples perception of their surroundings.
9. Stoke (on-Trent) gets so much bad press! I have lived here all my life and love it! Events such as these show that our city is able to host such fantastic events and this can only be a good thing for our city.
10. Inspiring, access to culture, of which there has been very little in Stoke (On-Trent) in the past, makes my day!
11. I like quirky performance art and I'd like Stoke-on-Trent to be a quirky, inspiring, creative place more of the time.
12. Raises our profile, helps change perceptions of the area, hopefully, helps us get other activities such asCity of Culture!
*Image of Always Drinking Marching Band from Big Feast 2016 courtesy of Clara Lou Photography