Why Culture Matters

Category: Culture & Arts

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Culture is often assumed to refer solely to the “high arts” – aspects of culture that the upper classes have appropriated and ring-fenced for themselves – but culture is much wider than that. It is how we experience life. It is how we relate to each other. And as such it is vital that our voices are heard. We all have as much right as anyone to enjoy and to participate in our cultural life.

This series of videos, created for us by the Culture Matters collective explore different aspects of our culture and how we can play our part in them.

Leila D’Aronville introduces the series. Captions can be enabled within the video.

Why Literature Matters

Jan Woolf considers the importance of literature.

Why Children’s Literature Matters

Kim Reynolds looks at children’s literature and why it is important.

Why Choirs Matter

Boff Whalley looks at the power of community choirs.

Why Art Matters

John Moleneux looks at the importance of art throughout the ages.

Why Football Matters

Martin Cloake looks at the place football has in our culture.

Why The Media Matters

Natalie Fenton looks at access to the media and why it is so important.

Why Religion Matters

James Crossley looks at the important role different religions have had in our cutural development.

Why Theatre Matters

Ed Jones looks at why theatre is important to our culture, especially at a grass roots level.

Why Television Matters

Dennis Broe looks at why television and how it has become an important aspect of our culture.

Why Digital Culture Matters

Adam Stoneman looks at the growing importance of digital culture.

Why Films Matter

Dee O’Neill looks at the important place films have in our culture.

Why Sport Matters

Michael Roberts looks at the importance of sport to our culture.

Why Poetry Matters

Jenny Mitchell looks at how poetry plays an important part in making our voices heard.

Why Jazz Matters

Chris Searle looks at the radical history of jazz.

Why Videogames Matter

Ben Cowles shows how there can be more to videogames than meets the eye.