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Caitlin Moran
The Times, 18 August 2011


The Big Link-Up: connecting culture and learning

Published 21 July 2010

We all know that challenging times are ahead for cultural learning. There are opportunities on the horizon, but also very real threats in the form of funding cuts which have already started in both the education and cultural sectors. Now, more than ever, is the time for a national conversation about cultural learning.

In the last week of November, the Cultural Learning Alliance will be leading an ambitious platform of events across the country.

We want to invite the maximum amount of participation in The Big Link-Up, which allow for local and regional networking, get conversations started in schools, and bring our national cultural learning leaders together.

So, there are four ways that you can participate:
  • The Big Link-Up National Event (23 November) – Bringing together cultural learning leaders and decision-makers
  • The Link-Up Events – Inviting cultural learning supporters to organise concurrent Link-Up Events in their local areas to bring cultural practitioners, teachers and leaders together, linked to the national event
  • Assembly Events – Inviting schools across the country to link-in to the conversation by organising their own Assembly Events focused on cultural learning
  • Live Stream – The final route of participation is to watch The Big Link-Up National Event online

More information on how to get involved will be available from September. But in the meantime check out The Big Link-Up website.


[...] for Communications, Culture and the Creative Industries, was a central feature. The first was the Big Link Up from the Cultural Learning Alliance, mentioned in previous posts. The second was organised by the [...]
Ed Vaizey and the future of Open Culture « Culture, learning & innovation 21 July 2010
For 'cultural learning', read 'learning about life in the most creative and stimulating way' : a vast amount of evidence exists proving that the deep and long-lasting effect of this kind of learning beats pigeon-holed, factual approaches hands down, over and over again. Check out 'Creative Partnerships' for just ONE impressive body of this evidence....Any effective educational system needs to recognise this, if we are to function well in the global community.
Lindsay Ibbotson 21 July 2010

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