10 April 2015 at 12.40pm | Comment on this article
Representatives from five UK political parties recently came together for The Culture Debate, a live-streamed pre-election hustings focused around policies on the arts and creative industries.
Hosted by Martha Kearney, the debate featured Conservative Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey; Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Harriet Harman; co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Party Committee on Culture Jane Bonham-Carter; UKIP culture spokesperson Peter Whittle; and Green Party spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport Martin Dobson.
The panel debated issues including arts funding cuts, the north/south divide, accessibility, internships, and the future of arts in the curriculum. As part of the event, audience members at Covent Garden and watching at home had the chance to put their questions to the politicians. Igniting audience passions, #CultureDebate trended on Twitter.
The debate is available to watch again on demand ahead of the UK General Election on 7 May:
The Culture Debate was organized in conjunction with the Creative Industries Federation and