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East Suffolk Council

East Suffolk Council was established in April 2019, when Suffolk Coastal and Waveney merged to form a new 'super district' authority. The new Council is the largest district council in the country – serving a quarter of a million people.

Lowestoft is Britain’s most easterly town and is the second largest in Suffolk with a population of circa 70,000. The town is located in the northern part of East Suffolk and has strong links with Norfolk, being located 12 miles south of Great Yarmouth and benefitting from good connections to Norwich. With stunning sandy beaches, Lowestoft is in the centre of an attractive region that is popular with tourists, including sailing visitors from mainland Europe. This attractiveness of the town to residents and visitors is boosted further by its proximity to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape, and to the Broads National Park, one of the UK’s 15 National Parks and a haven for wildlife and recreation.

While Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth have so much in common, sharing connected maritime histories, similar socio-economic stories and a rapidly growing off shore renewable energy sector, both towns have embarked on their own cultural pathway. Making Waves Together delivered a broad range of cultural activity to inspire and engage our communities, and strengthened the profile of the cultural organisations involved.

Projects

Lowestoft Cultural Acceleration

Lowestoft Cultural Acceleration

Legacy

Making Waves Together enabled the acceleration of culture in Lowestoft by first bringing together a Cultural Leadership Group halfway through the project, and then working towards creating the town's first Cultural Strategy.

The Cultural Leadership Group, a cross sector group of business, community, local government, private and cultural organisations, have been instrumental in creating momentum to set culture at the heart of improvements in the town and drive forward the inclusion of culture in the subsequent regeneration bids for areas of the town by the local authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

In October 2019, Making Waves Together hosted the Lowestoft Cultural Conference to launch the Cultural Strategy attended by 100 people from the arts sector.