Creative Swindon Network is inviting everyone to join them at their official launch event, happening as part of the Swindon Spring Festival at The Arts Centre this Thursday 16th May, from 8pm.

The event is for everyone who’s interested in helping to improve cultural life in Swindon – whether as a creator or a consumer.

Topics for discussion will be based around ideas such as: what’s happening in Swindon in terms of arts, crafts, events, performances, and community activities? What would you like to see happen? Who is making things happen? How can we as a town make more things happen and get funding to do it? And if you have any other topics to discuss you are welcome to bring them along.

On the panel, to help answer your questions and offer their thoughts, will be:

* Angela Atkinson: author of the books Secret Swindon and the forthcoming Swindon in 50 Buildings, writer of the Born Again Swindonian blog, and Chair of Swindon Civic Voice.

Atiff Gahfar: Founder and Community Engagement lead for the Swindon Pakistan Foundation, a cross-community building organisation which aims to empower and inspire the Swindon Pakistani community, with Arts and Culture as an area of focus.

Dale HeenanCabinet Member for the Town Centre; Conservative Councillor for Covingham & Dorcan.

Jane Milner-BarrySpokesperson for Town Centre Regeneration, Heritage and Culture; Labour Councillor for Old Town

Olly Webb: Artistic Director of Swindon-based Darkroom Theatre Company and freelance theatre practitioner working locally with youth and inclusive theatre companies.

We’ll start with a short, specially made film from Swindon Viewpointshowing the last 180 years of Swindon’s cultural life.

And afterwards, we’ll raise a glass to a successful launch of the Creative Swindon Network with drinks in the bar from 9-10.

BBC Wiltshire’s Culture Club with Sue Davies will also be broadcasting live from the Arts Centre café from 7-9pm.

Tickets are £5 to cover venue hire. You can book in person and online via the Wyvern & Arts Centre. As an inclusive organisation they believe that price shouldn’t to be a barrier to the arts, and so there are free tickets available for anyone unable to meet the £5 ticket price. Add your name to this online form if you wish to reserve a free ticket.

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