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Hall together now, thank-you!

By Matt Dixon 17th December 2020

Hall together now, thank-you!
Julien Boast, chief executive and creative director of Hall for Cornwall, said: “We’ll soon be announcing the details of our first major co-production for next year and we’re hugely grateful to Arts Council England for stepping in with this vital grant”

Truro's flagship theatre will receive a whopping £2 million of Arts Council funding, it was announced on Friday.

A further £231,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will boost the coffers of the Hall for Cornwall, which is due to reopen next year after an extensive refurbishment.

Julien Boast, chief executive and creative director of Hall for Cornwall, said: “We’ll soon be announcing details of our first major co-production for next year and we’re hugely grateful to Arts Council England for stepping in with this vital grant from the Cultural Capital Kickstart Fund to cover extra covid-related project costs.

“We’re also grateful to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for an additional £231,000, which has also been announced.

“The virus has delayed our reopening but that has only hardened our resolve to put together a fantastic programme of entertainment for our inaugural season.

“While we work towards completing the build we are continuing with our community activities across Cornwall, supporting local talent, young people and schools.”

The funding is from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England, who have announced a £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, with a further £58.9 million awarded through the Fund’s Capital Kickstart grants programme.

The Capital Kickstart grants will help cultural organisations across the country cover additional costs caused by covid-related delays or fundraising shortfalls, to capital projects including building works, refurbishments and large-scale equipment purchases.

Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3 and Hall for Cornwall Board member, added: “The Hall for Cornwall is undergoing an extensive transformation that will make it a cornerstone of Cornwall’s cultural offer and an asset for all the community.

This vital funding through Arts Council England will offset the impact of covid-19 on the build and paves the way for a triumphant opening in 2021.”

A total of £11.4 million has been awarded to seven organisations in the south west from the Government’s programme to help deliver a number of projects which will help to strengthen the region’s cultural infrastructure.

Phil Gibby, area director south west for Arts Council England said: “We are really pleased to announce seven awards from the Culture Recovery Fund: Capital Kickstart across the south west.

“This latest tranche of funding to be announced from the government’s generous package of support for the arts, culture and heritage sector ensures that many of the regions ambitious and ongoing cultural developments – that have been delayed due to covid-19 – can now securely get back on track to reopening and serving their communities with fantastic cultural experiences.”

The county has received £2 million from the Cultural Capital Kickstart Fund, bringing the total investment from the Cultural Recovery Fund in Cornwall to £7,235,698 which is supporting 47 projects.

One of the beneficiaries is Truro-based Kneehigh Theatre, the award-winning international touring company. It will receive £249,833 to deliver safe, outdoor artistic experiences in the new year, including performances by firelight. The funding will be used for personal protective equipment, access improvements and equipment for outdoor performance such as sound, lighting and accessible flooring.

By Matt Dixon 17th December 2020

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