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Culture and Leisure

The creative, leisure and tourism industries in Yorkshire and The Humber have unique and diverse qualities. The region is home to significant national and international cultural features. These include the Dales and Moors National Parks, the Deep in Hull, Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries, York Minster and Headingley Cricket and Rugby Stadium, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Dean Clough Complex and Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The importance of culture, leisure and sport in addressing issues such as social inclusion, health and crime is becoming increasingly apparent. Government Offices work with a range of regional and local partners to identify where links can be made with other government programmes at local level. More information on the national picture

Our cultural assets are matched by great talent and together they play a direct role in economic regeneration and in building healthier, safer and stronger communities.

One of the key priorities for Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber is to encourage people and organisations to work together to protect the region’s cultural roots and allow the cultural ambitions of future generations be realised.

GOYH supports DCMS policy and provides a regional point-of-call for partners and industries. The GOYH DCMS representative advises, encourages and monitors a range of regional bodies, which are funded by DCMS, to ensure the economic and social benefits of culture and sport are met. These include:
Yorkshire Museums, Libraries & Archives Council
Sport England Yorkshire
English Heritage
The Big Lottery
Heritage Lottery Fund
Yorkshire Tourist Board
Screen Yorkshire
Arts Council England - Yorkshire
Yorkshire Forward
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
DCMS policy is supported regionally and locally. On a region-wide level, Yorkshire Culture – the Regional Cultural Consortium - provides a strong collective, strategic, coordinating voice. Locally, local authorities deliver the front line cultural services, by providing or supporting facilities, whilst local strategic partnerships increasingly determine strategy and priorities.

GOYH staff are available to answer enquiries and will give initial advice on a wide range of national policy issues and targets relating to increasing participation, across all ages, in cultural and sporting activities, as well as on developing the economic potential of the creative, leisure and tourism industries..

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First Floor South
LS11 9AT
tel: 0113 341 2763
email: yhdcms@goyh.gsi.gov.uk

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