Build a richer cultural life with local festivals

I’ll fund local sport, arts, and community festivals.  Everything from a Festival of Football around Euro 28 to a North East Improv festival. We’ll make our region a more vibrant place to live, and create the year-round jobs that go with home-grown events.

I’ll create more jobs in writing by attracting national publishing houses here, in partnership with New Writing North – so we become a hub of creative industries. And I’ll continue to turbocharge our growing film industry – which will create thousands of jobs here, especially in the new film studios in Sunderland.