Supporting the cultural life of the city (even poetry)

Ever since Nova produced ‘This City Belongs To Everyone’ – the 2013 film that helped Hull to win the bid to become City of Culture – we’ve been pleased to be embedded in the cultural life of the city.

The recent Cultural Tides conference was one of the ways Hull City Council is engaging with local people to help shape the city’s cultural policies – and we were proud to be selected to produce a film to close the day’s events.

What does culture mean to you?

The brief was to ask a group of Hull people the apparently simple question “What does culture mean to you?”.

Apparently simple – but culture is a word that is interpreted in so many ways, as the film perfectly illustrates…

Take a look – it’s only short…

We love meeting and interviewing people. It’s a really satisfying part of our job to help people relax in front of the camera so they open-up and express their views.

It was fascinating to talk to people in their own homes and workplaces and hear how they feel about their own culture and communities.

The importance of shared experiences

Of course, there’s much more in the interviews than we can ever actually use in the film itself. The overarching feeling from the 10 or so interviews we conducted is that for all the time we all spend in front of screens, the experiences we value most of all are the ones we share with other people.

Culture may mean different things to different people, but it lives in the experiences we share and the memories we make with others.

People want safer streets with shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. They want parties and festivals, art galleries, theatres, museums, live music, dance, sport and poetry. 

Ok, not really poetry… 

Well maybe just a bit… so long as it only happens in dark places.

Treasuring those who make the city so special

Anyway, it’s not their fault, but local authorities are under increasing financial pressure, with many making spending cuts and even falling into bankruptcy.

Under those pressures the organisations which support the cultural life of our communities are often first in line to have their funding cut.

But if you cut culture, you cut identity and undermine communities.

Let’s treasure and support the local shops, cafes, restaurants, venues, people and organisations that make this fantastic city so special. The culture we share is the stuff that makes life worth living.

Even poetry.

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