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.  

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:

Steering groups:

DAGFEST Summer Festival - Tues 8th January at 10am // Wed 13th February at 6pm // Tues 12th March at 10am // Wed 10th April at 6pm // Tues 14th May at 10am.

All DAGFEST steering groups take place in Dagenham Village at the Parish church hall on Church Lane RM10 9UL.

GLOW Festival - Wed 9th January at 6pm // Thurs 21st February at 6pm // Thurs 21st March at 6pm // Thurs 18th April at 6pm // Thurs 16th May at 6pm // Thurs 20th June at 6pm // Thurs 18th July at 6pm

All GLOW meetings (unless stated) take place at Eastbury Manor House, IG11 9SN.

Trips, Visits and Socials:

CBD visit to Canary Wharf Light Festival    Tues 15th Jan, Meet at Barking Station at 6pm.

CBD visit to Canary Wharf Light Festival

Tues 15th Jan, Meet at Barking Station at 6pm.

CC’s CONNECT Social    Tues 19th Feb, 6pm, Broadway Barking. Come and help make this happen!

CC’s CONNECT Social

Tues 19th Feb, 6pm, Broadway Barking. Come and help make this happen!

How to Series:

Apply for REACH Funding    Tues 22nd Jan, 5:30pm, Dagenham Library

Apply for REACH Funding

Tues 22nd Jan, 5:30pm, Dagenham Library

Be successful with co- curation models for festivals    Wed 23rd Jan, 6:30pm, Broadway Barking

Be successful with co- curation models for festivals

Wed 23rd Jan, 6:30pm, Broadway Barking