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Symposium discussed cultural challenges

The recent cultural symposium organised by the Islands' Partnership has been described as "really inspiring and productive".

The IP's Creative Islands team hosted more than 30 delegates and speakers from arts organisations, academic institutions and visiting artists at the three-day event from May 8th - 10th.

IP Executive Director David Jackson said that the visitors, who came from as far afield as Uist in the Outer Hebrides, shared their knowledge and experiences of overcoming some of the challenges of cultural development and engagement in a rural and island setting.

He said: "Delegates were also given the opportunity to explore the islands and visited a number of Scilly's cultural offerings, including the museum, Phoenix Studios and St. Agnes Island Hall, including a talk and tour with Piers Lewin.

"To have attracted a number of senior figures from Arts Council England, Plymouth University and Falmouth University, as well as colleagues from many of Cornwall's cultural agencies has been a major coup for Scilly - and all credit to our Creative Islands team here at the IP and our partners from Cultivator and Plymouth University who have helped to make this happen."

He added: "The symposium has certainly stimulated much discussion and opened up some really exciting opportunities for new collaborations and partnership working that we'll now be looking to build on over the coming weeks and months as part of the new cultural ambition set out in the Destination Management Plan."

The inaugural Creative Scilly Festival is currently running across the islands until May 22nd. The full programme can be viewed at the Visit Isles of Scilly website.

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