Cambridgeshire's Libraries Awarded Funding for Local Arts Events

Cambridgeshire Library Service has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to run a programme of arts events in 10 libraries across the county. The programme will be curated by Library Friends groups and activities will start in October 2017.

The £93,271 grant will allow the participating libraries and their community representatives to make their own selection from a rich and varied ‘menu’ of arts activities and events designed around three main strands:  Performances, Workshops, and Book Festivals. The programme is called ‘The Library Presents…Arts Alive’.

The selection of local activities by Library Friends and community representatives will take place this summer, ready for events to start from October.

The Library Presents…Arts Alive is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved, develop an interest in film, creative writing, see live performances and  build strong local engagement using the library as an arts space within the community. It will also enable the friends groups and library staff to work with high quality professional artists and arts organisations to deliver an adventurous programme.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mathew Shuter, Chairman of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, said : “We are really pleased that our libraries are being recognised as a great place to host local events, workshops and to see performing arts. Libraries are in the heart of local communities and as well as being a trusted and safe place to go to find out information, they provide a warm welcome to all members of our communities either as participants, performers or members of the audience.” 

The participating libraries are:

March Library (Fenland), Chatteris Library (Fenland), Wisbech Library (Fenland), Ramsey Library (Huntingdonshire), Yaxley Library (Huntingdonshire), St Neots Library (Huntingdonshire), Littleport Library (East Cambridgeshire), Arbury Court Library (Cambridge), Soham Library (East Cambridgeshire) and Barnwell Road Library (Cambridge).

Programmes will be available from September, once each library has selected, agreed and booked. Find out updates about the programme on


Dracula...the Travesty! by Northumberland Theatre Company, just one of the items on the menu for performances this Autumn