Cultural Development


Cultural Development

Building vibrant, active communities and supporting our creative industries.

The role of cultural development

Within cultural development our work is focused on specific areas. These include;

  • Working with local communities to develop projects that encourage people to better know each other, to support healthy lifestyles sustaining good physical and mental health, and to offer Rother residents opportunities to enjoy high quality cultural events.

  • Encouraging the growth of our creative industries; from the individual artist developing a new business through to large creative organisations wanting to expand and grow.

  • Promoting the Rother District as a tourist attraction based on it's cultural offer. We know we have an amazing variety of attractions, festivals, artists and more that we can support by encouraging people to visit and stay.


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Cultural Development is also on Twitter to keep you posted on the latest goings on and retweet interesting snippets of information:





Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network  (HRAEN)  New HREAN logo

The HRAEN network offers quarterly meetings to network members, at cultural venues across Hastings and Rother, with speakers, practical artist led sessions and Teach-Meets. It responds to member needs whether they be in the classroom, the gallery, or the studio. A programme of cultural project is continually being developed and delivered by the partnership responding to school need to ensure all our young people have access to high quality arts opportunities.

HRAEN is now leading the Cultural Education Partnership Health and Wellbeing agenda. As part of this we have commissioned a study on Wellbeing in schools from Fulcrum Learning. The report is available here: HRAEN Health and Wellbeing

For more information visit the website at:

Or follow HRAEN on Facebook and Twitter @HRAENetwork


Rother Festivals Network Battle Festival: Back to Battle

We work with arts based festivals across Rother through a network that brings organisers together to share best practice, learn new skills, help funding applications and support the development of our festivals. If you are an arts festival currently operating in Rother, or looking to start a festival and would like to be part of the network please get in touch with Melanie Powell for a chat at or on 01424 787506.


Applause Rural Touring Applause logo

RDC Cultural Development work with Applause Rural Touring to bring high quality live performances direct to towns and villages across Rother.

Applause helps companies and artists to tour, develop work and perform for local audiences in relaxed, shared spaces. Communities throughout Kent and Sussex take part in the Applause programme - enlivening their neighbourhoods with extraordinary live performance!

For more information on Applause or for performance listings please go to the Applause website.


East Sussex Arts Partnership

Rother District Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, together make up the East Sussex Arts Partnership.

We invest in culture because we value its contribution to the wellbeing of the county, and recognise it as a valuable tool for the county's work in economic and social regeneration, tourism, environmental protection, planning, health, community safety, skills development and education.

We recognise the importance of striving for excellence. This is not about scale - small events can be great events. In the words of Arts Council England's Great Art for Everyone: "it is simply the bravest, most original, most innovative, most perfectly realised work of which people are capable - whether in the creation of art, its performance, its communication or its impact on audiences."

For information on ESAP funding please go to the Funding Opportunities page or go to the East Sussex County Council website page.

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