More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including Chichester Festival Theatre, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
CFT has been awarded a grant of £348,261 by Arts Council England, to sustain the organisation’s continued recovery and renewal. The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.
‘Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.’
Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.
Kathy Bourne and Daniel Evans, Executive and Artistic Director respectively of CFT, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for their ongoing support through this additional grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. It will sustain our continuing efforts to programme new and exciting work for our audiences and employ freelance artists, as well as maintaining extra safety precautions for theatregoers, while our industry still labours under uncertainty over box office income.
‘In particular, the grant will underpin Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s Christmas production of Pinocchio, with its cast of 68 local young people, and our new production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt in January; both productions were casualties of the winter 2020 lockdown (Pinocchio cancelled half its performances, while Doubt’s originally scheduled run in spring 2021 had to be postponed before it was even announced). We are delighted to be able to give audiences another chance to see them.’
Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: ‘This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives’.