This report provides an overview of the learning points from the Enabling Cultural Diversity – Lancashire project. This initiative sought to develop and pilot relevant audience development activity with culturally diverse communities in Blackburn, Preston and East Lancashire. The objectives included auditing the culturally diverse arts activity in the area, creating information resources such as lists and networks and undertaking collaborative marketing activity.
Audit information from the 1st stage of project activity was invaluable in creating a clear picture of the geographical spread of South Asian communities in the East Lancashire area and cultural and religious issues and attitudes towards the arts.
The political and social situation in the region was extremely challenging to the aims of the project and the project deliverers throughout the lifespan of the project. The summer before the project began there had been racially motivated “riots” in Burnley and other areas of Lancashire.