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Government’s £400m Emergency Cultural Funding To Benefit Music And Art Festivals

West End theaters, comedy clubs, the Glastonbury Festival and the Canterbury Cathedral will receive an emergency budget of £ 400m.

A total of 2,700 cultural and heritage sites in England will share the latest round of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

Canterbury Cathedral has the largest grant of £ 2m, while Serpentine Galleries in London was awarded £ 1.9m and Camden Roundhouse received £ 1.5m.

Huge Difference

West End chain Nimax Theaters and Glastonbury will receive £ 900,000 each.

Festival organizers Emily and Michael Eavis said the money “would make a huge difference in helping protect our future”. Emily told BBC Radio 4 Today Today on Thursday that the event was “a huge loss” last year.

Canterbury Cathedral

The Boomtown Fair in Hampshire will receive £ 990,000, while about 100 independent cinemas will share a total of £ 6.5m.

Eastbourne theaters will receive £ 1.9m and the parent company of the Ambassador Theater Group, which owns more than 30 locations in the UK, will receive around £ 1m.

Where Is The Funding Allocated?

York Archaeological Trust, which runs attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the major recipients with a £1.9m grant. Meanwhile, museums at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire and Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire will receive more than £1m each.

Funding includes £ 81m as loans including £ 23m for English Heritage and £ 7.3m for The Lowry Center in Salford.

This is the last major sum of money released from the $ 1.57bn Culture Recovery fund released last July.

In his budget in March, Councilor Rishi Sunak announced an additional £ 300m from the fund, which is yet to be set aside.

Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden said the fund has helped cultural and heritage organizations “survive the worst hardships they have ever experienced” and now helps them “reorganize and succeed in better times to come”.

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