The positive impactof the arts

In 2019, the creative industries contributed £111.7bn to the UK economy and accounted for 61,000 new jobs, 2.7x the national average.

This success is also felt by surrounding local economies and can help drive innovation and regeneration in areas that need it most. Read more here about examples from across the UK.

Performers in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival. Now in its 75th year, the festival is a leading cultural event, placing the city of Edinburgh on the global stage for arts and culture with a programme that encompasses theatre, comedy, music, cabaret, dance and music.

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Writers in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Hay Festival is one of the most famous literary festivals in the world, described by US President Bill Clinton as “the Woodstock for the mind”.

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Film and TV in Belfast and Northern Ireland

Famous for the atmospheric backdrops of Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland has become a hot-spot for film and TV. Script writers, actors and directors all contribute to the hugely successful audiovisual content produced in Northern Ireland that is enjoyed by millions worldwide.

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Art in Margate

Since it was opened in 2011 by Kent’s famous artist, Tracey Emin, the Turner Contemporary has had more than 3.5 million visits and shown work by more than 500 artists, from Turner, Rodin and Constable to Ai Weiwei, Barbara Walker and Grayson Perry.

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