South Devon cultural venues share more than half a million pounds in grants
ABOVE: Dartington Sea Change Festival 2019, Hearing Aid Beige performing on the truck stage
THEATERS, concert halls, tourist attractions and cinemas in South Devon are among the organizations that have pocketed new government cash assistance.
Torquay and Paignton alone are receiving £ 273,765 to support iconic cultural and heritage organizations as they reopen and recover from the coronavirus.
The Foundry concert hall in Torquay gets £ 85,000; Kents Cave £ 81,500; Babbacombe Theater £ 79,195 and Jazz Hands CIC, which operates the Palace Theater in Paignton, receive £ 28,070.
A spokesperson for Jazz Hands said: “This is fabulous news!
“We are thrilled to receive this support as we prepare to reopen, entertain, engage and enjoy being always there for the culture.”
The money is part of £ 400million in grants and loans to more than 2,700 organizations across England.
The aim is to help cultural and heritage organizations reopen and thrive in the best times to come, said the government, which has spent more than £ 1.2bn on more than 5,000 cultural organizations and sites. and individual assets.
Torbay MP Kevin Foster said: “The Palace Theater, Babbacombe Theater, The Foundry and Kent’s Cavern are much loved and valued parts of our bay’s cultural landscape and part of what makes us the English Riviera. .
“Each has its own appeal and like many others on the other side of our bay, I can’t wait to be able to enjoy a concert, show or tour when they reopen thanks to this funding. . “
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced details of 2,700 organizations to which nearly £ 400million in grants and loans have been offered to help the culture sector reopen and recover, in addition to the billion pounds which has already been allocated in the first round.
A total of £ 321,659 is shared between businesses in Totnes constituency.
They include the Barrel House Ballroom in Totnes; the Dartington Sea Change Festival; the Pilgrim Heritage Sailing Foundation in Brixham; the Sharpham Trust in Totnes and the Friends of Brixham Vigilance.
Totnes MP Anthony Mangnall said: “I really hope these grants will allow these unique businesses, charities and festivals to thrive long into the future.
“South Devon has a large number of unique cultural and heritage organizations and I look forward to seeing them resume their activities and attract residents and visitors.”
Several local cinemas also received a share of the latest donation from the Culture Recovery Fund.
The Barn Cinema in Dartington will receive a grant of £ 45,640. The Barn offers a state-of-the-art cinematic experience in a renovated 14th century barn.
A government spokesperson said: “Few other local cinemas in the country can claim to do the same for heritage cinema, restore its own images and promote silent film arts – an ongoing restoration project is focusing on schools in the 1950s and 60s. “
Elsewhere, the Alexandra at Newton Abbot receives £ 46,135 and Totnes Cinema receives £ 44,779.
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