£400million in grants will be split between 2,700 music, film and arts organisations
Glastonbury has been awarded £900,000 from the government to help with the build of the Festival when it returns in 2022.
The funds have been awarded as part of the latest round of the UK government’s Cultural Recovery Fund which was announced earlier today (April 2) by culture secretary Oliver Dowden, confirming that nearly £400m will be offered to help cultural organisations recover in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Glastonbury’s statement released via the Festival’s official Twiter account: “We’re grateful to have been offered an award from the Culture Recovery Fund. After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two Festivals, this grant will make a significant difference in helping to secure our future.”
We’re grateful to have been offered an award from the Culture Recovery Fund. After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two Festivals, this grant will make a significant difference in helping to secure our future. @ace_southwest @DCMS @ace_national #HereForCulture
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) April 2, 2021
The funding will be boosted by £300m from £1.57bn to £1.87bn in last month’s Budget (March 3), as £400million in grants will be split between 2,700 music, film and arts organisations struggling due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
£6.5m has been given by the British Film Institute to 209 independent cinemas across the UK, with an additional £81 million being offered in loans for cultural landmarks
The move was backed by Dame Judi Dench, who publicly expressed her fears for the future of the arts, as well as Dame Julie Walters, Stephen Fry and Hugh Bonneville.
Dench said: “Local cinemas are a vital part of our cultural lives, enthralling us with films about lives that we recognise as well as offering us stories about other cultures from around the world.
“They are places where people come together for a shared experience and have inspired many to make their careers on screen. We need to make sure that generations today and in the future have the same opportunities to enjoy and take part in the communal big screen experience.”
This block of funding is part of the £1.57bn recovery fund announced by Dowden in July, of which more than 70 per cent of funding was allocated out of London.
Glastonbury was cancelled earlier this year (Thursday, 21 January), for the second consecutive year, due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers confirmed the cancellation of the Festival’s 2021 edition in a statement posted via their official channels, saying: “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down…”
Following the 2021 Festival cancellation announcement – Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis, revealed earlier this year (Thursday, 21 January) that they were “considering” a smaller event for September, saying: “I would like to do something smaller somewhere around the anniversary date of when we started, which was the 18th of September 1970”.
Glastonbury was set to celebrate its 50th-anniversary last summer (June 2020) – with headliners in Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney – but was forced to cancel the 2020 instalment due to the coronavirus crisis just a week after the lineup was announced in March of 2020.
Meanwhile, earlier this week (March 31), Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis confirmed plans for a global live stream concert which will take place from Worthy Farm on Saturday, 22nd May.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022