Keynsham’s Local Cultural Programme

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12:00 am 1 June 2021
12:00 am 25 March 2022

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

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 programme is led by Keynsham Town Council and Keynsham’s Cultural Consortium, a group made up of local representatives and stakeholders. It has been made possible by grants from Historic England and the Welcome Back Fund, which will allow us to develop the programme over the course of the next two years and beyond.

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

Get involved!

We’re asking the community to help shape the Local Cultural Programme. There are two main ways you can get involved…

1. Virtual Suggestion Box

Are you a resident, business owner or regular visitor to Keynsham? Do you have a brilliant idea for a High Street event? Or perhaps you know about a great story from our town’s history that hasn’t had the coverage it deserves? We invite you to drop a comment into our Virtual Suggestion Box.

A poster bearing the question: "What kind of cultural events would you like to see happening in Keynsham in the future? Share it on a sticky note!" Several sticky notes read: carnival, museum, craft days, street food markets, repair cafe, etc

2. Apply for a Local Cultural Programme Small Grant

We have annual grants of up to £2,000 per proposal available to fund community-led pop-up events, workshops, performances and temporary installations. In 2021-22, we supported local artists Little Lost Robot and Kate McGregor-Michael in running family workshops and a temporary window installation which paid tribute to Keynsham’s lost medieval abbey.

We will soon be inviting applications for the 2022-23 round of small grants. We will be looking for proposals for events and activities which reflect the vibrant culture, history, traditions, places and people of Keynsham. The Town Centre has experienced immense change over the years – how should we commemorate the past, share new perspectives on the place we live in, and imagine new futures together?

Information on the next grant round will soon be available to download from this page. In the meantime, you can email with any questions about the programme.

A section of MONSTER WINDOW I by Kate McGregor-Michael and Little Lost Robot. Photo by Ruby Sant.
23 August 2021
Last Updated
25 March 2022