Join our Network

The Cultural connectors are an ever expanding network of adults living locally, who are making decisions about the Creative Barking and Dagenham programme. There are now more than 180 connectors part of the open, supportive and flexible network. Cultural Connectors give as much or as little time as they would like and are never made to feel bad about being busy. They are invited to all our events and opportunities and given support if they have their own ideas for creative projects. Read about one of our Cultural Connectors’ experience with CBD.

Cultural Connectors go on regular trips and visits to arts venues and events. These have included The Barbican, The Broadway, Studio 3 Arts, The National Theatre, Out There International Street Arts festival in Great Yarmouth, The Photographers Gallery, Tate Modern, Watch this Space festival in Waterloo, Punchdrunk’s show ‘The Drowned Man’, the Roundhouse, Sadlers Wells, the Amsterdam Light Festival, Freedom Festival in Hull and the Royal Opera House.

Cultural Connectors get involved in:

  • Curating festivals

  • Arranging trips and visits

  • Commissioning artists and projects

  • Being on funding panels

  • Making decisions about how local people should be involved in CBD

  • Taking on specific roles on local projects; this might include talking to the public and helping them have a great time, being an assistant to an artist, leading an artist session, taking photographs, doing office work, or assisting with the technical side of an event.

  • Telling friends, family, colleagues about what's happening.

Find out more about our steering groups and decision-making panels in this document here.

Cultural Connectors do not get paid but they sometimes access paid work through being part of the network. Some have experience and skills in the arts and others do not; they all however, share a passion for making more arts happen in Barking and Dagenham during CBD. 

If you'd like to know more about becoming a Cultural Connector contact us today and we can put you in touch with our current CC’s to find out more about their interests and involvement with the network!

Coming up

Cultural connectors welcome sessions:

Monday, 22nd July // Monday, 19th August // Tuesday, 17th September // Tuesday, 22nd October // Monday, 18th November // Monday, 16th December, all of them at Unit 46, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, IG11 8QD unless stated otherwise.

Cultural connectors socials:

Thursday, 31st October and Tuesday, 12th December

Steering groups:

GLOW Winter Lights Festival 2019 - Thursday, 18th July, 6pm // Thursday, 15th August, 6pm // Thursday, 19th September, 6pm // Thursday, 17th August, 6pm

Dagfest Summer Arts Festival 2020 - Tuesday, 13th August, 10am // Tuesday, 10th September, 6pm // Tuesday, 8th October, 10am // Tuesday, 12th November, 6pm // Tuesday, 10th December, 10am

Currently all steering group meetings will take place at Eastbury Manor House, IG11 9SN - watch this space for updates!