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Stratford to rise to the occasion after Olympic Games

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 February 2012

Eddie Nestor, Richard Crawford, Moira Sinclair, John Burton, Sir Robin Wales, Munira Mirza & Kerry Michael at the launch of Stratford Rising

Eddie Nestor, Richard Crawford, Moira Sinclair, John Burton, Sir Robin Wales, Munira Mirza & Kerry Michael at the launch of Stratford Rising

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The Olympics will spark increased spending on Newham’s arts and culture sector, says London’s top arts boss.

The Stratford Rising cultural programme of events for 2012 and beyond has been confirmed.

Upcoming highlights of Stratford Rising include an eight-date national tour by MOBO and Urban Development and Shedspace, a street festival to take place in Stratford in September.

Other events announced include Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls!, a joint production involving the Theatre Royal and Sadler’s Wells.

Speaking at the launch, Moira Sinclair, London executive director of Arts Council England, said she wanted the East End to “redress the balance” with other parts of the capital that have received Lottery funding.

She said: “We all know the reasons why people in east London want an extra bit of help.

“We were spending a lot of money in one part of London and the people who play the National Lottery in east London weren’t getting the benefit of that.”

Ms Sinclair said Arts Council England had made a commitment of at least three years and is already looking ahead to 2020.

She added: “We want to make sure people in east London are getting the same kind of commitment.”

Stratford Rising is formed of the area’s arts organisations, including the Theatre Royal, Stratford Circus, East London Dance, and the University of East London.

Chairman Kerry Michael said the Olympics would have a “big impact” on its post-Games programme.

He said: “We are in the midst of the developed world’s biggest regeneration initiative and home to one of the most exciting cultural scenes around.”


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