The High Peak has been mentioned in the findings of a major report by MPs, thanks to local MP Andrew Bingham.

The Countries of Culture report calls for a greater spread of arts funding outside London, and as a member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee which produced it, Andrew insisted that the Committee visited the High Peak during its research for the report. In addition, Andrew contacted organisations in Buxton and Glossop asking them to make their feelings known when the Committee were calling for submissions.

Andrew said:

"We have so much going on across the High Peak in terms of culture, so I wanted our cultural organisations like the Buxton Festival, Glossop Music festival and the Buxton Opera House to have the opportunity to inform the committee in its deliberations.

"The report acknowledges the work of all these organisations and also the role of the Borough Council in supporting them. I would like to thank all the local people for their submissions and efforts, and the report recommends that more arts funding is directed across the country and not just to London.

"I was also insistent that the committee come to the High Peak - the report is about arts funding outside London, so it seemed obvious to me that we hold some of the meetings outside London. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time a Select Committee has ever been to the High Peak as part of its work.

"As a separate issue, I also brought the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley, to the High Peak earlier in the year to see what is going on in the High Peak, so together with the report and its recommendations I hope that the High Peak will remain in the forefront of the Arts Council's minds in the future."

The report can be read online here or downloaded as a PDF document here.

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