SHEFFIELD’s cultural soul was on display at the launch of a bid to get more people involved in the arts.
High Storrs Soul Band – already showcased at Sheffield Children’s Festival, the Botanical Gardens and on BBC digital station 6 Music – played a selection of their music to an audience at The Crucible theatre.
There was also a display of pieces made by Sheffield Hallam University graduate silversmith Owen Waterhouse to help launch the council’s Culture Strategy to expand arts participation over the next 10 years.
The blueprint has been drawn up from plans which would have been used had Sheffield been chosen as the UK’s first City of Culture in 2013.
The document also includes commitment to a 10-year plan for Sheffield Arena, support for creative and digital businesses, and a pledge to increase tourism, events and festivals.
Sheffield’s cultural industries are worth £35 million a year.