A summit to discuss funding and opportunities for rural cultural initiatives will be held at Tate Britain in London on 23 May.

The event will raise the issue of cultural entitlement and how to get a fairer share of the available arts and cultural funding for farming and rural communities in England.

The summit is being organised by the Rural Cultural Forum.
 
Speakers will include Tony Cooke, a Yorkshire farmer, who will speak about plans for a major euro festival, of rural arts, agriculture, and farmer creativity.

Mama Toro Adeniran-Kane MBE, from the African Women Art and Heritage Development will describe how African, Asian, and Caribbean communities are generating exciting new marketing and business opportunities for British farmers.

Dr Ian Hunter from the Littoral Arts Trust will focus on the creative rural industries and how they will support new farm diversification initiatives.

Gillian van der Meer, chairman of the Rural Cultural Forum said: “ This is a unique and historic occasion for farmers and the rural community.

“Having persuaded the urban arts and cultural leaders to get behind British farming, we now need to show that our farming and rural communities have the vision and confidence to seize this important opportunity”.
 
The summit is open to anyone to attend, by registering an interest at rcforum@btconnect.com or by writing to The Rural Cultural Summit, Oak Bank Farm, Ashburnham, Battle, TN33 9PB.  Admission is free.