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July 2015

Devonshire West, Thurnscoe, St Peter's and the Moors, West End, St Matthews and Newington Big Local explain why the arts matter, what it can achieve and what is so powerful about the arts and creativity for bringing a community together.

Find out how arts and creativity are being harnessed to change lives in two communities.

Newington Big Local and People United: A light in the darkness

Cara Thorpe from Newington Big Local and Tom Andrews founder of People United share their journey to establish arts and creativity in the community, and how it couldn't have happened without taking the time to work with the residents, find out what they wanted to develop something amazing that brings people from all walks of life together.

Creative Barking & Dagenham and Creative People and Places: Building cultural connections

Lindsey Pugh, Executive Creative Producer at Creative Barking & Dagenham shares how and why the arts grew to have a place in their community; Sharlene Carter explains her role as a Cultural Connector - a resident of Barking & Dagenham that runs her own programmes for young people and helps to coordinate some of the biggest cultural events in the area.

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