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London’s Roundhouse launches major partnership to boost arts for young people in Gloucester

The Roundhouse Choir, a choir for 16-25 year olds. Photo: Ellie Pinney The Roundhouse Choir, a choir for 16-25 year olds. Photo: Ellie Pinney
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London venue the Roundhouse has formed a creative partnership with arts organisations in Gloucester to boost access to the arts for young people in the city.

Development organisation the Gloucester Culture Trust has teamed with the Roundhouse to “help put Gloucester on the cultural map” by enabling young people to take part in theatre, dance, music and circus, over a period of two years.

Through the Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange, three arts organisations – Gloucester Guildhall, the Music Works and Strike a Light Festival – will work with a team from the Roundhouse to develop partnerships, create performance opportunities and share work between the two areas.

Activities include summer performance seasons in Gloucester, weekly classes, workshops and drop-in sessions, residencies in Gloucestershire for emerging artists creating new work, masterclasses about creative careers and exchange visits to London.

The programme will also develop skills such as music creation and production, programming and arts management, to develop the pipeline of talent coming out of the South West.

Hollie Smith-Charles, director of Gloucester Culture Trust, said: “Investing in Gloucester’s budding creative talent is vital if our city is to thrive into the future. It’s not just about developing star performers. Creative skills can be applied in all parts of our society and economy and they will be in demand in the future.”

Roundhouse chief executive and artistic director Marcus Davey said the partnership had the potential to be a “game-changer for how arts organisations can work together”.

“We are excited to embark on this new, national partnership, not only to share what we’ve learnt, but also to learn from another city,” he added.

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