RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has revealed today that it is backing Cornwall’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 claiming it could do much to reinvigorate south east Cornwall, the ‘forgotten corner’ of the county.
Established in Cornwall in 2007, RIO works extensively in Cornwall, particularly in Liskeard and South East Cornwall, as well as across the arts and cultural sector and right across the UK. From its unique viewpoint RIO firmly believes the bid to be of real benefit to the communities of Cornwall and could be a catalyst to grow the economy, particularly with the ambitions for the Cattle Market in Liskeard to become a cultural hub; it could be a platform to raise the aspirations of young people and develop skills bringing new creative jobs for many young people in the area; also it would be an opportunity to change perceptions and raise the profile of Liskeard and surrounds, what is very much the ‘forgotten corner’ of the county.
Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO (and Cornwall resident) said “We fully back Cornwall to be European Capital of Culture in 2023. Cornwall is rich in talented young people as well as creative and cultural communities, but many of them, especially in South East Cornwall are hidden.
“Too long seen as the ‘forgotten corner’ of Cornwall, South East Cornwall will benefit significantly from the opportunity to celebrate and grow talent; demonstrate and support our excellent makers and artists; profile our stunning landscape; and show how we, as a key part of Cornwall, play a valuable part in being a cultural centre of excellence, worthy of taking our rightful place on the world stage.”
Cornwall’s European Capital of Culture bid was launched by Cornwall Council in January 2017 when formal bidding was opened by the Government and has since had backing from across the county by leading figures in arts, culture, tourism and economy including Mark Duddridge, Chairman of the CIOS LEP, Melcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall, Anne Carlisle, VC of Falmouth University and Mark Osterfield from Tate St Ives.