Live from Worktown
We are a community-based organisation who are working towards CIC status. Founded in 2014 we promote heritage, culture and arts activities that build on and contribute to Bolton’s identity and resilience. We have run Arts and Music Festivals and in 2018/19 created a Bill Naughton Festival celebrating the life and work of Bolton’s most successful author. We work in partnership with many others including Bolton Libraries and Museums Service, University of Bolton, schools and specialist interest groups (eg Bolton Documentary Photography). We are funded from a range of sources including private sponsorship, donations and fund-raising, Bolton’s Community Fund and the National Lottery (HLF and ACE). Before Covid we organised monthly Cultural Cabaret Nights (at Courtyard 36) and Modern Jazz Nights (at the Olympus Restaurant). Since/during Covid we created a number of on-line events and activities including a series of on-line walks, a monthly literary magazine ‘Worktown Words’, and events celebrating World Poetry Day and the launch of Poetry from the Platform (an anthology of work from Boltonians aged from 8 to 80, celebrating the completion of the adaptations to Platform 5 to create community-run meeting and exhibition facilities). We are now (June 2021) working with disability and other groups to get access to Winter Hill as part of the Winter Hill 125 Mass Trespass commemoration in September. We also plan a Writing for Performance Festival in October.