Thursday, 30 May 2013

New county-wide ticketing and information app launched by Northamptonshire arts organisations

A group of Northamptonshire arts organisations have been working together to develop a mobile phone app offering an easy portal to the cultural highlights of the county, as well as a centralised ticketing facility.

The app, called Northamptonshire Arts & Culture, is now available to download free from both the App Store and the Android Store, and provides information about the participating organisations and key upcoming events, along with the facility to book tickets seamlessly from your smart phone. It also offers directions, parking information and restaurant recommendations. 

Users of the app will be able to access video and audio clips, blogs and other fascinating insights into the events and organisations, share information and recommendations with friends through social media.

Supported by Arts Council England funding, the app has been developed by the Strategic Arts Network, a group of ten independent, professional arts organisations from across Northamptonshire, encompassing a wide range of art forms, from theatre, cinema and music to dance and visual arts. The group of independent arts organisations has been working together for a number of years to promote cultural activity and encourage audiences and participants to attend or take part in arts in Northamptonshire.

The Strategic Arts Network consists of Royal & Derngate, NN Contemporary Art, Fiori Musicali, The Core at Corby Cube, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Dance4, Threshold Studios, Northants Touring Arts, The Castle Theatre and Corby Community Arts.

Royal & Derngate’s Chief Executive
 Martin Sutherland.

 Royal & Derngate’s Chief Executive Martin Sutherland, who chairs the Strategic Arts Network, commented:
 “This app provides a great way to get a snapshot of arts events coming up across the whole county, and with the ability to book tickets for all the organisations from one place, it’s quite a unique offering. This will be really helpful for tourists and visitors to the area, as well as those already in the County, who can have all this information readily at their fingertips.”