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The Keynsham Local Cultural Programme is now live and bringing fun, innovative pop-up street events and activities to Keynsham until April 2024.

The aim of the programme is to energise Keynsham’s cultural scene and bring its distinct local heritage to life through community-led events, installations and performances. From the founding of the Augustinian Abbey in 1166 to Keynsham’s modern history of industry and technology – we want to showcase the town’s stories like never before.

The Local Cultural Programme launched in February 2022 with Making Space for Our Future, a week of workshops, installations and markets celebrating the history of science, technology and robotics in Keynsham. Activities still to come will include mini festivals, markets, cultural community days and the installation of an illustrative timeline of Keynsham’s history.

The programme is led by Keynsham Town Council and Keynsham’s ‘Cultural Consortium’, a group made up of local representatives and stakeholders, with support from Bath & North East Somerset Council. It has been made possible by a grant of £80,000 from Historic England, which will allow us to develop the programme over the course of the next two years and beyond. Keynsham is among 60 high streets in England to receive a share of £6 million for these projects.

Street theatre by Are We Alien? for the Local Cultural Programme launch event. Photo by Mike May.