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Highlights programme in Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham

STOP PRESS:  Highlights, the rural touring scheme for East Cumbria, Northumberland and West Durham had some excellent news this week when we learnt that our application to the Arts Council Catalyst Evolve fund had been successful.

The Catalyst Evolve programme is designed to help arts organisations to become more skilled at raising funds from new sources such as sponsorship, Trusts and private donations. As part of the programme, every £1 raised from new sources will be matched by the Arts Council.


Barbara Slack of Highlights said: “This is massive boost for our small rural arts organisation  with a wide geographic reach.  We will be working in partnership with Arts Alive Shropshire, as we are comparable organisations with similar demands and opportunities.  Catalyst Evolve will build our skills and resources and help Highlights to become financially resilient as public subsidy for the arts diminishes. We want to keep working with local promoters to deliver great community events in rural areas, keeping villages vibrant and bringing great arts to all.”

About Us - Highlights works with a network of 80 village halls and community venues to bring great shows from national companies into the heart of local communities. We work together to offer a ‘great night out on your doorstep’. The scheme operates across Cumbria and County Durham & Northumberland.

Get Involved: If you have a little time to spare, why not join us as a volunteer. We are always looking for help with anything from data collection to poster distribution. Click here for more details.

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