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Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres

Over 1,300 organisations across the United Kingdom have been awarded a total of £1.57 billion.

Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres

A full list of all organisations that have been awarded money in the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The Culture Recovery Fund was initially set up to support cultural organisations that were at risk of collapsing, due to the global pandemic. 

2,272 awards were given totalling £261 million. These include the Hackney Empire, Riverside Studios and the Turbine Theatre.

Artistic director of Park Theatre Jez Bond said: “We are grateful to the government for the recent news of our Cultural Recovery Fund grant award. Continued uncertainty around when we can open without social distancing means we would have otherwise been in a precarious position come the end of the year. This grant gives us the confidence to continue planning for a relaunch - so that we can once more be there, with some new developments and improvements, for our community, our artists and of course our staff.” 

Yamin Choudury and Jo Hemmant from Hackney Empire said: “Hackney Empire gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and the DCMS. The Culture recovery Funding will allow us to continue our work with our communities and in particular, working with young people who have been so impacted by this pandemic.”

Paul Taylor-Mills, artistic director of the Turbine Theatre said: “I’m relieved that The Turbine Theatre... has been acknowledged as valued contributors to the arts in the UK. I’m always proud to lead the incredible team at our Battersea Power Station home... It goes without saying that artists are a resilient group but the notion that this work is valued by the DCMS goes a long way."

Riverside Studios' creative director Rachel Tackey spoke about the changing landscape: “The way our artists think about and present their work has had to shift as the world has changed. Riverside, with its rich legacy of bridging the gap between ‘live’ and ‘digital’ work is ideally placed to support them."

Other London theatres to have been awarded money include the Almeida Theatre, Criterion Theatre Trust, the Kiln Theatre, Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company and Young Vic Company.

The full list of all recipients can be found here.

Original article published on 12 October 2020

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