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Glastonbury’s Arcadia & Block9 to receive funding from Arts Council England

Glastonbury’s Arcadia & Block9 to receive funding from Arts Council England

Both of the iconic Glastonbury venues have been selected to receive funding from the ACE’s Culture Recovery Fund

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the entire arts and culture sector has been one of the most affected from the ongoing crisis, seeing everything from art venues and galleries, to concert halls and festivals closed for a prolonged period of time.

Now, the Government has revealed 1,385 organisations that will receive money from the Cultural Recovery Fund, which totals more than £1.5 billion.

Among those to receive the funding are Glastonbury Festivals iconic venues; Arcadia Spectacular (£237,826) and Block9 (£100,000).

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Both Arcadia and Block9 both shared their appreciating in posts via social media earlier today (October 13) –

Arcadia said: “We are incredibly grateful to have been selected to receive funding from the Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund. Some amazing projects will be born from this and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you all. We really hope that the arts sector continues to get the recognition & support it deserves over the coming months.”

Block9 said: “Block9 are very grateful to have been selected to receive funding from Arts Council England as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This support will not only assist us in the challenges the coronavirus presents but it will also percolate through the creative community – allowing us to continue with our work – thereby supporting artists, freelancers and other creative industry workers.”

 

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The government is here for culture and we have worked around the clock to get this funding to arts organisations. It will give many of our wonderful theatres, museums, art groups and cultural venues a helping hand to get them back on their feet. This money will get to work right across the country to save these places and protect jobs and hundreds of millions pounds is on the way for cultural organisations of all sizes that still need our help.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences. Further funding will be announced later in the month and we are working hard to support creative organisations and individuals during these challenging times.”

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Glastonbury Festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer down on Worthy Farm – with headliners in Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney – but was forced to cancel this year’s instalment due to the coronavirus outbreak just a week after the lineup was announced back in March.

In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”

The news of the cancellation was followed by a joint announcement from Glastonbury Festival and the BBC informing fans they could expect a celebratory run of programming across the Glasto-weekend – titled ‘The Glastonbury Experience’ – which eventually surpassed 10 million streams of content on BBC iPlayer, with thousands more having watched past sets broadcast on TV.

In looking ahead to next year’s event – click here for everything we know about Glastonbury Festival 2021 thus far.

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