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Funding for more arts opportunities

HOME Slough, which hosts arts and cultural activities for the local community, has received £1million of funding from Arts Council England.

Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) is the lead of HOME Slough’s consortium and the money will support three more years of activity.

Since HOME Slough launched three years ago, it has hosted an annual Streets Alive festival and events like lantern making workshops, film installations and augmented reality workshops (pictured above). They also welcomed musicians and dancers from the Royal Opera House who did a 25 minute interactive performance for residents.

The group now has a pop-up space on Slough High Street and hopes to reach more than 15,000 people a year, with activities, family events, workshops, performances and conversations.

In 2019, HOME Slough will host artist residencies, starting with the Rifco Theatre Company, who will work with local volunteers to shape a programme of theatre, comedy and writing in the space.

HOME Slough will also commission SHIFT, an exciting new festival about perceptions of Slough.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Arts in all forms make a major difference to people’s lives in terms of their education, health and wellbeing. With this support from Arts Council England, Slough residents can look forward to exciting, fun filled and family friendly arts events and activities in the high street. We will be working in partnership with Slough Council for Voluntary Service to build on this as we develop a Slough Cultural Arts Strategy.”

Jamie Green, Chairman of SCVS and lead of HOME Slough’s consortium, said “The programme empowers and involves the community in its decision-making, enabling people to have brilliant art experiences in the place they live.”

Visit the HOME Slough website to find out more about activities planned this year.

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