THE VALUE of the arts to Wrexham’s economy should not be underestimated.
Last night, I saw the preview of a documentary on this year’s Singing Streets choir festival. The documentary was shown at an event in Glyndwr University and I will be using the film to demonstrate the value of the arts in regeneration at events in Parliament.
The film, produced by Rob Corcoran with some excellent work by Glyndwr students, will be on Made in North Wales in the coming weeks. It shows how several of the 27 choirs who took part in this year’s festivals prepared for the big day – and some of the performances which took place.
It was another reminder of the way that artistic events can bring people together, and that is something I am very keen to raise at a Parliamentary level. Towns across Britain are just like Wrexham and need support and help to regenerate. We should not underestimate the value of the arts to economies like Wrexham’s.
That’s also why I am urging Wrexham council to reconsider proposals to cut music services – something I have campaigned on in the town centre in recent weeks.
Valuing the arts means valuing the next generation of artists. We know that music has helped bring people into our town – at events like the choir festival, but also to annual festivals such as Focus Wales.
These events are a ‘shop window’ for Wrexham and bring people here to spend money in our local area and to boost our economy.
Wrexham Council have recognised that the arts have a role to play in the local economy with their investment in an arts hub. Their proposal to cut music services runs counter to this work. It may be a short term saving, but it will cause long-term damage to the next generation of musicians. The cost of that damage may never be known.