Culture Plus: be creative!

Be creative, make a difference!

A group of young people living or attending school in Dunstable and Houghton Regis are taking part in a creative project which will broaden their horizons and influence the way we provide activities for young people in the area.

They will:

  • join in exciting activities led by professional artists – including art, music, dance, drama, film and design
  • take part in arts events and, later in the project, begin to plan their own
  • meet other young people to create an area-wide group of creative ambassadors
  • make a difference to opportunities for young people
  • have the opportunity to gain accreditation (Arts Award Bronze and Silver (link opens in new window))

Upcoming creative sessions

Workshops and events will take place in Dunstable and Houghton Regis. You will have the chance to try different activities including art, music, dance, drama, film and design. Workshops will be taking place at the following venues:

  • Academy of Central Bedfordshire (you must be a student at this school if you would like to attend these sessions)
  • Bedford Square Community Centre
  • Queensbury Academy

Other activities will be taking place in Dunstable and Houghton Regis throughout the year.

Download the sign up pack (PDF 1.3MB) , which includes the sign up form, dates and contact details.

How to be referred for a session

Participants must fulfil specified selection criteria. To find out more and how to be referred, please email


The project, currently referred to as Culture Plus, is co-funded by us and Arts Council England (though the Royal Opera House Bridge (link opens in new window)).

It is being managed by Catherine Rose’s Office Limited (link opens in new window), an independent arts and education consultancy with years of experience of working with young people and the arts. They will be working closely with our library, leisure and countryside services and with schools, arts venues and community settings across the area.

The aim is to develop creative learning opportunities for those young people who would most benefit from the project, giving them new energy and improving their life chances. It is also an opportunity to open up some of the area’s cultural and leisure resources to people who perhaps haven’t accessed them before.


Once the young participants are recruited, the project will open with a series of workshops led by artists/facilitators. Their workshops will include taster sessions from theatre companies, cartoonists, street dance specialists, film-makers and others.

Throughout 2017, the project will develop, with young people able to plan and carry out their own ideas.

We will be collaborating with local venues including the Grove Theatre (link opens in new window) and Houghton Hall.

Training and development

The project has a strong strategic aspect which will help to develop knowledge, practice and programming in Central Bedfordshire. This includes training for our staff, artists and arts organisations and teachers. It will also feed into future planning for the local authority area.

For more information, email

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