The Culture White Paper: A guide for the perplexed.

Executive Summary

  1. Everyone should enjoy the opportunity culture offers, no matter where they start in life. Poor people don’t really do culture. They need inspiring by people who know the real power of culture. It’s not fair to point out that people in the Arts are poorly paid and often taken advantage of – how many people can say they are nourishing the soul of the nation? Isn’t this reward enough? What young people need is knowledge of Great Artists and Art. Lets stop all this anything goes liberalism – teachers should teach the best that has been thought and said. Young people need to learn an instrument or at least be given the opportunity to learn an instrument. Without knowing about The Greats in Art poor people can really miss out on culture and hence lead unfulfilled lives.

 

I want every single young person to have the opportunity to discover how the arts can enrich their lives. Access to cultural education is a matter
of social justice.  (p.19)

We want everyone regardless of background to have the opportunity to experience culture. (p. 22)

 

  1. The riches of our culture should benefit communities across the country. Its time culture really paid off by improving the health of the nation. Local communities have far too long been avoiding culture –they need to make sure they work with national experts on how best to make money from their churches and old buildings. Tourists really love them. However churches and cathedrals are not making enough money at the moment. Come to think of it there are some nice old looking buildings that might look good if we spent a little bit of love, care and attention on them.

We want our national and local cultural institutions to work together to support places to harness the power of culture to drive economic growth, education and wellbeing. P.29

Its purpose is to make it easier for visitors to discover England’s national treasures and hidden gems, by encouraging partners to work together across geographical boundaries to develop iconic tourism trails. Our culture is a key draw and it will have a key role in these new ‘must-see’ routes.   P 32

  1. The power of culture can increase our international standing. This is something we can all pull together on – our slipping economic relevance might be overlooked by hyping up Shakespeare. We are a great country filled with great culture – we just don’t make enough money from it yet. Everyone who visits our country says how much they love Shakespeare and our traditions. Its time we really started to make money from our Great National Heritage. We can ignore our racist legacy and pretend it never happened.

 

As a nation we are lucky enough to have inherited our rich, cultural history. This strategy will not only ensure we continue to celebrate it, but makes sure we can pass on something even more vibrant and inspirational to future generations. P. 39 

Shakespeare’s reach and influence increases with time and continues to shape perceptions of the UK. In a remarkable odyssey Shakespeare’s Globe’s touring production of Hamlet will have visited every country in the world by April 2016.   P. 42

 

  1. Cultural investment, resilience and reform. There’s not as much money around these days and so we’ve cut money to libraries (people overstate the importance of libraries these days now we have the internet and wifi) and we’ve also cut the Art Councils core grant by 36% over the last 5 years. Despite this we need to make further cuts so everyone needs to show a bit of resilience. Multi-national are fond of sponsoring “our culture “ so we need to show multi-nationals that local culture can be just as accommodating to their needs as the main national theatres and concert venues. We can make money from culture if we really try.

One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary creative industries. (p. 49)

Resilience remains a key issue, particularly at regional and local levels. Cultural organisations need to ensure that every pound of public investment goes as far as possible. They must also think more broadly how they will adapt their business models and financial strategies to deal with potential challenges to funding. (p. 51)

The value of culture: (p.15)

Culture has an intrinsic value – this is generally appreciated by rich white people and multinational companies.

Culture has a social value – culture can improve the attainment of all people and make them healthier. Some educationalists are beginning to tap into this power in schools across the country. They recognise the value of tradition and powerful knowledge. Some schools are beginning to challenge the orthodoxies of the progressive left and recognise that all along white, European Culture and its values hold the key to a healthier more successful life.

Culture has an economic value. This is the least appreciated aspect of culture. This white paper seeks to radically challenge those who do not understand the economic value of culture. Even museums and galleries pulled in £5.4 billion pounds in 2014 – this is pretty exciting. Heritage tourism pulled in £26 billion. Its time we realty milked culture for all its worth and got a real return for our amazing cultural heritage. Lets face it not every country can boast of a Shakespeare or a vast Empire built on slavery.

 

Glossary of terms. (not on any page)

Culture – This is made by great people often for profit – sometimes it enriches lives too. Culture can both enrich and make money. We need more of this kind of culture. Culture is made by less interesting people too but it generally doesn’t make much money – also it’s often not that good.

Our Culture – too often classical music, opera, ballet and the theatre are caricatured as middle class, white people’s culture. This is wrong and this white paper will challenge this misconception. “Our culture” is universal, transcends history and social barriers and reaches to the inner most soul; it speaks to humanities inner core. We all love, breath and desire – ‘our culture’ answers those needs. It is a coincidence that our culture happens to be made by middle class white people largely from Europe. It’s time everyone appreciated our culture especially poor people and people of colour who have been a bit slow on the uptake. To do this we will put money into our culture and tell poor people to visit more often. We might even knock a few quid of the entrance price for them.

Soft Power – lets face it Shakespeare is great and so are we! Tourists around the world know how good Shakespeare is and they enjoy a trip to the theatre. Its about time we appreciated just what is great about Britian and our values. Its only a very small minority of ultra left wing Marxists who want to spoil our love for British values by bringing up our colonial past and slavery. These Marxists don’t understand Shakespeare. We could all learn from our multinationals.

Education – Culture is best caught not taught. This is why we have introduced the Ebacc so that less students will feel obliged to undergo needless arts study and instead focus on a rigorous and academic curriculum. We hope that students who have bypassed the amateurish need to study the arts might be better placed to appreciate it by spending their money and attending a concert or theatre production. This is the best kind of cultural education – learning to appreciate just how great our heritage is without spending too much time actually doing it.

In Summary

 We don’t care about culture we care about money.

Poor people don’t have the right culture.

Shakespeare is good.

Tourists want Shakespeare.

Poor people should do more to enjoy Shakespeare.

Also they might appreciate classical music a bit more.

Multi-nationals do a lot to help out culture.

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