The UK has a rich cultural heritage that has helped to shape our national identity. Our thriving creative industries define how we are perceived overseas and make a vital contribution to our economy.
Britain is a world leader in music, fashion, video games, architecture, design, the performing arts and much else besides. Our creativity is a source of pride and a driver of inward investment and tourism as well as an expression of who we are as a nation.
Culture is part of local identity too, and can be used to regenerate and revitalise communities and cities. Under the Tories, arts and culture have been among the first targets of cuts; under Labour, they will get the investment they deserve.
Our £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund will provide a unique opportunity to upgrade and regenerate existing arts infrastructure and to build new facilities for all of us to be proud of. Labour will place our creative industries at the heart of our industrial strategy and our negotiations as we prepare to leave the European Union.
We recognise they give the UK a cultural clout that can open doors to markets that might otherwise remain closed.
We will put access and inclusion at the heart of all our policy agenda, ensuring the arts are accessible to all and that everyone who wants to pursue a career in the creative industries has the opportunity to do so.