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Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to receive funding from Arts Council England

Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to receive funding from Arts Council England

The second round of the Culture Recovery Fund beneficiaries have been revealed

Late-night Glastonbury Festival area Shangri-La is set to receive £61,059 from the government to help the arts organisation survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Glastonbury’s South-East corner venue is among 589 arts and cultural organisations to receive a share of more than £76 million in the second tranche of the Arts Council England grants.

This follows the first round of funding which was revealed earlier this week and saw another two of Glastonbury’s iconic venues – Arcadia Spectacular and Block9 – also receive money from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Year-round, Shangri-La runs ShangrilART, an online gallery and shop specialising in supporting visual artists and enabling audiences to access affordable radical, critical contemporary art by placing emerging artists alongside internationally renowned artists.

Shangri-La celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019. A living and breathing mini-city within the Brigadoon which is known as Glastonbury Festival. It is located at the festival’s South-East corner and is legendary for it’s embellished political themes and extraordinary production.


Music venues, galleries, concert halls and festivals across England will benefit from a share of £76,654,621 in the second round, and £257,407,622 in the first round – which was awarded to 1,385 groups on Monday (October 12) – with the amount of grants so far totaling £333 million.

James Heappey, MP for the area that covers the Worthy Farm Glastonbury Festival site in Pilton, said: “This funding is a lifeline to organisations like this and I know how thankful those in receipt of it are to continue their hard work behind-the-scenes to get their businesses back underway in a Covid-secure way.

“I will continue to support the culture and arts industry in the Wells constituency through this tough time and I am pleased more than half a dozen grants have been handed out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the past few weeks.”


Phil Gibby, South West area director for Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture is an essential part of our life.

“It brings communities together, enriches us and stimulates local economies, which is why I am so pleased that we are today announcing further support for 54 much loved cultural organisations in the South West in this latest round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Funds.

“This funding will help keep hundreds of organisations afloat over the next few months, ensuring that our sector can bounce back after the crisis.

“The Arts Council are here for culture, and we will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations.”

A full list of recipients can be downloaded here.

Further details of grant awards of up to £3 million and £270 million in repayable cultural finance will follow in the coming days and weeks.


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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