Andy Corner: Corby has some amazing talent

Fun Palaces were a big hit in Corby, says Andy
Fun Palaces were a big hit in Corby, says Andy

Corby’s Fun Palaces were a big success.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to Made in Corby’s Big Days In events at Danesholme, Stephenson Way and Oakley Vale community centres.

Many of you came into your community centre for the first time ever, curious to see what a Fun Palace was and what was on offer.

From creative writing, poetry and painting to sculpture fun, dance and cheerleading, from writing songs from scratch to playing guitar, many tried a new arts activity and had a great time too.

I’ve had lots of positive comments about the weekend, the most common being how great it was to “have a go” and how you want more activities like this.

When I talk to local people, you tell me you’d like arts on your doorstep, on your estate. These three centres were the first, but there’ll be more happening in other places next year.

We’re really lucky to have some amazingly talented local Corby artists, whom many of you met at our Big Days In, so I’d like to say a big thank you to them. You really did us proud.

The Made in Corby consortium is now recruiting a dedicated staff team to take our arts activities programme forward.

Once in place, they’ll be working with people from across the borough to develop the project over the next three years.

For me, what’s most exciting is that they’ll be recruiting Corby people for community panels, who will make decisions about the arts activities they want to commission through Made in Corby’s Big Ideas Fund.

The team will also be planning more Big Nights Out, like our August concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

We’re still working on the finer details for a Made in Corby passport but I’ll let you know more soon.

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Next month, I’ll be giving you my arts pick for Christmas.