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About Highlights

About Highlights About Highlights

Highlights is a network of 90 volunteer groups. Together, we organise over 160 high quality professional events per year in village halls, schools and community centres. These include theatre, dance, music and childrens shows.

Our organisation was originally set up to work with isolated rural communities in the North Pennines. The area has suffered from long term economic decline (it was once the biggest lead mining area in Europe), resulting in pockets of high unemployment, isolated communities, poor transport links and declining local services.

We now work in Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland and the above still applies to many of our communities. The organisation is a Company Ltd by Guarantee with charitable status. We receive funding from the Arts Council, Northumberland, County Durham councils, along with some district funding

Our events are a great social night out. If you don’t know anyone when you arrive, you will when you leave!

We are one of 40 similar schemes that support professional arts in hundreds of small community venues throughout the UK, playing an important part in the social life and sustainability of their community. The schemes interests are represented by the National Rural Touring Forum.

Did you know that we also work in partnership with Arts Out West who are based in West Cumbria to deliver a collaborative programme of events throughout the County.

Highlights – future funding

Together with Arts Out West we are a National Portfolio Oganisation with the Arts Council, who have recently awarded us funding for the next 4 years which takes us to up to 2022.  We also receive funding from Northumberland County Council, Durham County Council and South Lakeland District Council.

We are also please to announce that H&H Reeds Printers will continue to sponsor Highlights for the second year running.

"We are delighted to work together for another year and are excited to see the arts being supported and encourages throughout the area" Anthony Donnolly, Commercial Development, H&H Reeds Printers.

Annual Report 2016/17

Please click here to view our Annual Report for 2016/17

Annual Accounts 2016/17

Please click HERE to view our Annual Accounts 2016/17

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