Cllr Mieka Smiles is the Executive Member for Culture and Communities her monthly Vlog will be available here, watch as she talks all things Middlesbrough.

It’s an exciting time in Middlesbrough.

From Mayor Andy Preston’s latest announcement on Middlesbrough’s Digital City through to major redevelopments in areas including Gresham, there is so much planned for our great town.

And in May I was tasked with helping to drive forward culture and communities as a member of the executive team.

This is something I’m passionate about.

The cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy and I believe investing in it can help transform the lives of those living in our town, creating jobs, wealth and prosperity. In fact it already is – and this can be seen from the regenerative power of something like Orange Pip, which we have plans to expand and develop next year.

I wanted a way to keep people updated on all things culture and communities – and this will be a monthly vlog to do just that. I will be sharing upcoming events, ideas and the inside track on what I’m doing to help develop and promote the sector in Middlesbrough.

We might be socially isolating, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. Middlesbrough’s lead for Culture, Mieka Smiles, tells us how you can get involved at home with our VE Day celebrations as well as Boro’s Got Talent 2020. We’re loving all your entries  so far– keep them coming

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