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Labour Party celebrates the arts with inaugural dinner

The Labour Party is delighted to announce its inaugural Arts Dinner on Thursday 21 March. The dinner will include special auction items, speeches from Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman, guests from across the arts and creative industries.

Attendees at the dinner will have the opportunity to bid on several unique items, including one-of-a-kind paintings by Anish Kapoor and Anthony Gormley, a private Shakespearean recital by Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, the chance to have acclaimed novelist Sarah Waters join your book group, a special print of Barack Obama by Nicola Green, and the chance to be an extra on the set of a major motion picture. 

This high profile event will bring together a variety of artists, members of the creative industries, Labour Party supporters, and senior members of the Labour Party in a celebration of the arts and a reaffirmation of the resolute relationship between Labour and the artistic community. 

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, and Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media, and Sport Secretary, will deliver keynote speeches at the dinner on the importance of the arts and Labour’s commitment to its continual advancement. 

Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media, and Sport Secretary, said:

“Our inaugural Arts Dinner comes at an important moment for the arts and the creative industries. 

“Our arts and creative industries are hugely successful. They are internationally admired, creating jobs and enriching the life of our nation. But the arts face great challenges. Government support, essential to nurturing the arts, is now seriously threatened.

“Labour will support the arts – and support the arts community. Together we will remake the arguments for the arts which we made, together, in the run up to 1997. 

“Together, we will work to forge a programme for our manifesto for our vision for the arts and creative industries for 2015 and beyond.”

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