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In the news:- Cultural Christmas coming to Basildon

Cultural Christmas coming to Basildon
06 November 2018

An innovative partnership between Basildon Council and not-for-profit organisation, Things Made Public CIC, is set to spread Christmas cheer in Basildon Town Centre throughout the whole festive season.

Leading up to Christmas and continuing into the New Year the Culture programme of activity and events, dubbed Culture Club Basildon, will aim to celebrate culture, creativity and Christmas.

The programme is launching in East Square from the unit formally occupied by Mega Bet on Saturday 17 November. It will coincide with the opening of the festive food court, ice rink and fairground rides, organised by Basildon Town Centre Management (BTCM). Santa’s grotto will also be opened in the Eastgate Shopping Centre. Basildon’s new Christmas lights will also go on for the first time in the evening, and real reindeer will be making an appearance thanks to sponsorship from GoTrade.

Cllr Kevin Blake, Chairman of the Leisure Culture and Environment Committee, said: “Christmas is not just for one day in Basildon. By teaming up with Things Made Public we will celebrate throughout the whole festive season and beyond with more cultural activities planned for the New Year so watch this space.”

Cllr Andrew Schrader, Chairman of the Economic Development and Growth Committee, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to support local businesses and make the town centre as attractive as possible, with Things Made Public set to breathe new life into East Square and beyond. This partnership is a fantastic way to make use of empty buildings and stimulate investment.

“By delivering a programme of activities throughout the festive period, instead of focusing on a one-off event, we can encourage greater footfall and in turn have a bigger impact on businesses.”

Councillor Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, added: “Things Made Public share our vision for working alongside communities to provide opportunities and drive improvements. Culture Club is a fantastic way of bringing the community together, and I hope residents show their support by engaging in the programme of activities this Christmas and into the New Year.”

Lauren Martin, Creative Director, Things Made Public CIC, added: "We're incredibly excited to be partnering with Basildon Council on this innovative project and look forward to creating a diverse, entertaining yet accessible programme of events that will have something for everyone to enjoy."

Events will be programmed both inside and outside of the Mega Bet unit, turning East Square into Basildon’s very own amphitheatre - providing a platform to both local performers as well as those from further afield.

The line-up is shaping up to be an eclectic affair and will showcase a range of performances and activities including traditional Christmas choirs, live musical performances, community workshops, Christmas crafting opportunities, interactive street art and theatre shows, not to mention good old-fashioned family fun.

All Things Made Public activities are free to the public.

A webpage giving a full programme of events will be going live on Tuesday 13 November.

Until then Follow @BasildonCouncil or @made_public on Twitter and @thingsmadepublic on Facebook for further updates.