Darren Henley - Can Creativity Save Us?

24 January 2018 6.00 - 7.00pm Keele Hall - The Ballroom
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**Please note that the venue has now changed to The Ballroom, Keele Hall**

The pace and scale of global change can make us all as individuals feel powerless. From the shifting climate to technology that aggregates us as data, our future thinking is dogged by dystopian fear. But this is only one version of the future - there can be many others. In this talk, Darren Henley looks at how creativity - which precipitated these changes - can show us the way forward, and restore our power as individuals.

Darren Henley is Chief Executive of the Arts Council.

He previously spent twenty-five years working in radio, leading Classic FM for fifteen years, first as Managing Editor and then as Managing Director. He was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to music. Darren has chaired or sat on a range of government advisory boards in the area of cultural education. His two independent government reviews into music education (2011) and cultural education (2012) resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academy and the National Youth Dance Company.

He is the author or co-author of thirty books, including The Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count. It argues that an excellent cultural education is the right of everyone, bringing personal, social and commercial advantages that can only benefit the lives of all individuals in our society. In 2016, Darren's most recent most recent book was published. The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays looks in depth at seven key benefits that art and culture bring to our lives.

Darren joined the Arts Council in 2015. 


**Please note that the venue has now changed to The Ballroom, Keele Hall**

This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.

For Further Details Contact

Steve Kilner or Jo Flynn: +44 (0)1782 7 34449 / 34434

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