Torbay Culture Hosts

Hosts gather at Torre Abbey to find out more about volunteering. With James Tyson, International Agatha Christie Festival Director.

I am pleased to be working with the Torbay Culture Board, recruiting and training a new army of CULTURE HOSTS for Torbay. Partners across the Bay are working with Torbay Culture Board to transform cultural provision and engagement in the region.  With support from Arts Council England and a recent grant of £1.2m from the new Great Place Scheme, Torbay is investing heavily in its cultural infrastructure and heritage assets; in skills development and in effective, ongoing audience development.  ‘We want to be on the map as a great cultural centre, brilliantly communicated; to grow our reputation for innovative, community-driven arts and heritage in unusual spaces and to help our cultural venues to thrive, however they are governed.  We also seek to celebrate unique cultural assets, such as our UNESCO-endorsed Geopark and Agatha Christie heritage.’

THE TALE is an exciting new event for explorers of all ages, guiding visitors on a journey of discovery from the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to the quarry of Berry Head. New artworks and performances will be revealed during three weekends in September.

The INTERNATIONAL  AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL  running from 13-17 September, has expanded into a major platform for new works with guest writers, artists, song, stories, dance and extraordinary objects celebrating the extraordinary life and legacies of Dame Agatha Christie Mallowan.

To enable these events to run, a new pool of volunteer Culture Hosts is being recruited by the Torbay Culture Board and its many partners across the Bay.  As a Host you could in fact be helping out in one of many roles; everything from stewarding and guiding visitors to shifting props and telling stories.  And we want everyone to get involved; any age, any background and any ability.

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POST SCRIPT Oct 2017… 99 culture volunteers signed up, 71 of them active during these events and together now forming a core team supporting arts events in Torbay into the future.


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