A launch event for Test Valley 2020 Borough of Culture was attended by over 80 people on Thursday 16th January at The Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge.
The launch event was attended by representatives from the Borough and County Councils including Mayor of Test Valley, Martin Hatley, Local Artists and Cultural Organisations and local media and business sponsors. Guests enjoyed musical entertainment from Broughton band China Wolf www.chinawolf.co.uk and and a brass quintet provided by Michelmersh Silver Band. www.msband.co.uk
Yinnon Ezra, chair of Trustees for Test Valley Arts Foundation gave a short speech in which he expanded on the reasons behind the Borough of Culture festival stating that “The Creative Industries are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy. We want to support and promote creativity in this predominantly rural region. Inspiring and influencing creative growth and enjoyment.”