York's Creative Future

York Culture Strategy, 2020 - 2025

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York’s Creative Future has inclusion and participation at its core, and the commitment to ensure that culture is relevant and accessible to everybody in York – regardless of age, background or postcode. It places culture at the heart of activities from major capital developments, to residents’ wellbeing – and will work to ensure cultural entitlement for every child.

The Culture Strategy has the ambition to transform York – and by 2025 we believe York will be known as a city where outstanding, renowned heritage comes together with a cutting-edge and contemporary approach to creativity – reflecting the city’s rich history and its status as the UK’s first UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

York's Creative Future:
York Culture Strategy,
2020 - 2025

Around The World In 80 Days (York Theatre Royal) Charlotte Graham
York Viking Week (Inkblot Films)

York's Creative Future Resources

Watch the launch of York's Creative Future

Did you miss the launch of the York Culture Strategy? Watch it here.

York Culture Forum Governance Document

Read the Terms of Reference here.

UNESCO Creative City Business Toolkit

Find the toolkit here, and access the social media assets here.

Strategy Progress Reports

Make It York publish quarterly reports on activities of the creative and heritage sectors in relation to York’s Creative Future’s priority areas.

1 April – 30 June 2023

1 January – 31 March 2023

1 October – 31 December 2022

1 July – 30 September 2022

1 April – 30 June 2022

1 January – 31 March 2022

1 October – 31 December 2021

1 July – 30 September 2021 

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Cultural Engagement, Participation and Relevance

Culture will be relevant and accessible to everybody in York, regardless of age, background or postcode.


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We’re working to ensure that culture is fully embedded into local investment and city planning developments, with the arts and heritage and cultural wellbeing integral to development processes.


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Children and Young People

For children and young people, engaging with culture can be transformational – both for their own wellbeing and prospects, and for the society they’ll grow up in.


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Talent Development and Retention

York’s creative and cultural sectors will thrive and contribute to strengthening and diversifying York’s economy: through universities and colleges providing clear routes to skilled employment, and creative workspaces attracting and retaining creative talent in the city.


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Culture and Wellbeing

It is our ambition that the city is recognised nationally for its innovative work in culture for health and wellbeing, which residents can benefit from throughout their lives.


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York’s National and International Profile

Make It York ensures that the city is recognised globally as a brilliant place to be, and that York’s culture is at the heart of the celebration of this unique and vibrant city.


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