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Arts boss to boost South Kesteven culture and economy

A Head of Arts has been appointed by South Kesteven District Council to drive cultural activity.

Actor and art director Michael Cross will work closely with the heritage, visitor economy and market teams within the council and its economic development offshoot InvestSK to provide a ‘holistic’ approach across the whole district.

Michael, who took up his role last month, said: “Part of my work will explore the potential of regular arts activity in Bourne and the Deepings- that will be my focus for the first six months. Looking further ahead towards the next decade, I want to make sure the arts feature prominently within South Kesteven’s overall development agenda.”

Michael began his career as an actor, touring the UK in theatre productions before turning to production management and directing. His work also included choreography, set and costume design projects as well as writing and adapting plays, musicals and pantomime.

Recent roles have included being Artistic Director of the Key Theatre in Peterborough, which saw him work on the annual Peterborough Festival.

Michael then became venue director for White Rock Theatre in Hastings, developing its programme, community activity and engagement programme.

He then returned to freelance work before joining Peterborough Music Hub as programme manager.

Michael added: “I have been bowled over by the creativity here and the community support for events taking place around South Kesteven.”


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