Cultural Learning Alliance

From our first consciousness until our last, we should sing every song and dance every dance from every part of the world as we go on our journey to become the men and women we are

David Lan
Artistic Director, Young Vic


European and Local elections 2014 - A right to culture for every child

Published 20 May 2014

On Thursday 22 May there were local elections in England and Northern Ireland, and European elections for the whole country. 

The Cultural Learning Alliance believes the right to culture for every child must be a cornerstone of cultural and educational policy, establishing equal access to a high standard of cultural learning opportunities, for all children and young people.


London party manifestos from local Labour parties included a wide range of commitments to culture including:

  • ensuring through partnerships every child visits a museum or gallery at least once a year
  • ensuring all primary children get music tuition
  • developing more apprenticeships for young people in arts organisations

We would love to hear about the commitments in other manifestos around children and young people’s access to culture so please do get in touch with them.


If you are having conversations with candidates or new councillors now and in the future we encourage you to ask about their commitment to culture. 

Some questions you might want to ask them are:

  • How will they ensure their work delivers a right to culture for every child?
  • How will they, in the words of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.
  • How will they communicate the essential value and critical importance of cultural learning to schools, head teachers and local authorities, and to children and young people?
  • How will they promote STEAM in your area?  

Please do tell us about any conversations you have. You can fill in the comments box below or write to us at





As schools become more culturally diverse I feel that it is important for children to learn about their peers. Cultural education encapsulates a lot of advantages. Students can learn about the different cultures and religions their friends might be part of. By having the knowledge they can have more of understanding about different religious ceremonies, festivals and traditions. This knowledge and understanding can reduce the barriers of racial discrimination and ignorance. On a broader note cultural education can encourage students to explore the world. They will have the knowledge before they visit a country. It also enables students who cant travel explore the country and traditions in their classroom.
Beth Brock 23 May 2014

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