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Cultural Renewal Taskforce established to rebuild sector

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced today (May 21) a Cultural Renewal Taskforce to help the recreation and leisure sector get back on its feet following the pandemic.

Representatives for the arts, cultural and sporting world have been tasked with developing a blueprint for reopening businesses and venues safety and in line with the UK Government’s National Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

Chaired by the Culture Secretary, the taskforce will include:

  • Tamara Rojo (English National Ballet)
  • Alex Scott (former England international and Arsenal footballer and now a Sports Broadcaster)
  • Sir Nicholas Serota (Arts Council England Chair)
  • Edward Mellors (Mellors Group Events)
  • Neil Mendoza (Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, Entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist)
  • Lord (Michael) Grade of Yarmouth (TV executive and former Chair of BBC and ITV)
  • Baroness (Martha) Lane-Fox of Soho (Founder of
  • Mark Cornell (Ambassador Theatre Group)

The group will focus on ensuring clear and secure safety guidelines are developed, creative solutions are used – including the use of digital, the different sectors are aligned and an open line of communication is made between key sector stakeholders and ministers.

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Oliver Dowden said:

“We are determined to do all we can to help our sectors that are such an incredible part of British life in their recovery. The Taskforce is made up of some of the brightest and best from the cultural, sporting and tech worlds. Experts in their fields, they’ll be instrumental in identifying creative ways to get these sectors up and running again.”

The weekly meetings will begin on Friday (May 22) and will support the recent establishment of five ministerial-led taskforces for Recreation and leisure, Pubs and Restaurants, Non-essential retail, Places of Worship, and Internal aviation announced in the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.


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