Word County is a countywide project initiated by East Sussex Arts Partnership  in 2005  to celebrate the spoken and written word, with an emphasis on participation and communities.

East Sussex Arts Partnership, the consortium that manages Word County, is a local authority arts partnership involving four District and Borough Councils in East Sussex (links below) as well as the County Council.  Many of the partnership’s activities, including Word County, are supported by Arts Council England South East. Working together with professional artists and performers and a range of respected cultural, educational and leisure organisations, the partnership aim to provide events and activities locally in East Sussex that people can get to and enjoy and value.

Word County aims to:

  • celebrate sense of place;
  • create opportunities to see and hear professional writers and speakers;
  • offer new opportunities for everyone in the community to join in; and to celebrate diversity within the community.

Our current programme of activity involves grassroots projects in Rother District, Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes Districtcelebrating local communities and their stories and leading to exciting and innovative project outcomes in the public realm that can engage a wide range of people. Look at the individual pages for the districts and boroughs to find out more about these local projects, and perhaps, how you can get involved!

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