A picture of the words "Edge Hill University" projected on a bulding.
One of the light projections put on by Sefton Council

Edge Hill University will be helping Sefton to celebrate its Borough of Culture 2020 year to ensure culture and creativity is accessible to all and to boost regional growth.

With Sefton just a stone’s throw away from the Ormskirk campus, the University is keen to support local communities across the Liverpool City Region to help them accelerate economic growth and create a legacy of arts and culture.

Throughout the year, students and staff will be encouraged to help the nearby borough – which stretches from the seaside resort of Southport, boasts 22-miles of stunning coastline, is home to the famous Iron Men in Crosby and the historical Bootle docks – celebrate their people, places, local heritage and the natural environment.

Nicky Speed, Head of Corporate Communications and External Relations, said: “We are delighted to be a key partner for Borough of Culture 2020 and to help celebrate what our Sefton neighbours have to offer.

“We are very much a University that connects with the creative economy and with cultural institutions. Working together with Sefton will help us support the wider Liverpool City Region’s cultural strategy and our own programme of partnerships in the arts and creative sectors.

“This relationship will help enhance our students’ experience, employability ethos and enable them to interact with arts and cultural professionals in Sefton.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s lead sponsor for the Borough of Culture, said: “Throughout our Borough of Culture year we want to engage with as many partners as possible and it is great to announce this partnership with Edge Hill University.

“We look forward to working with them during 2020 in what promises to be an amazing year celebrating new and existing cultural opportunities.”

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The programme officially launched last weekend with The Nightingale’s Song, a trilogy of large-scale lights projections at Waterloo and Bootle Town Hall and The Atkinson in Southport. To find out more about the programme, visit www.mysefton.co.uk/category/seftonculture2020/

Connecting Edge Hill with the digital and creative economy and with cultural organisations is done in several ways at the University, including via the work of the Institute for Creative Enterprise. To find out more about their work, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/ice.