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Ilkley Literature Festival to receive £ 27,000 from the Government’s Cultural Revival Fund

By on April 7, 2021 0

ILKLEY Literature Festival (ILF) received a grant of £ 27,000 from the government’s £ 1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund, which will help the organization recover, grow and emerge from the pandemic .

Due to the pandemic, the ILF was unable to produce its traditional two-week October festival.

Despite this loss, they continued to offer an extensive program of work, including two open-access digital weekends of author talks; Be All Write – “at home” reading and writing activities; a digital Fringe festival; Settee Seminars – a series of short lecture podcasts by leading experts; Chain Reactions – a community project engaging local artists; regular online workshops for young writers; Story Explorer Learning Resource Packs and more.

The Cultural Recovery Grant will allow the ILF to invest in the further development of its digital offering, to relaunch its school program and to remain sustainable while rebuilding itself so that it can once again present live events.

Erica Morris, Director of the ILF, said: “The past 12 months have been difficult for the ILF. It was not possible for us to organize the festival last October, which meant that we had no means of generating the ticket sales which normally represent 60 percent of our annual income.

“Although uncertainties remain, this grant enables us to weather the slow march towards an end to the crisis. We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their support.”

More than £ 300million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organizations across the country, including the ILF, as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund’s latest round of support, the Secretary for the Fund announced today. Culture.

More than £ 800million in grants and loans have already been made to support 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organizations facing the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Today’s second round of awards will help organizations anticipate spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much needed helping hand for organizations as they return to normal in the months to come.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of cultural and heritage organizations across the country survive the world’s biggest crisis. which they have never faced.

“Now we stand by their side as they prepare to welcome audiences once again through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan to reopen and thrive in better times to come.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman of Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a critical part of helping the whole country recover from the pandemic. These grants will help reopen theaters, concert halls and museums and give artists and companies the opportunity to start creating new works.

“We are grateful to the government for this support and for recognizing the overarching importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.

Funding today comes from a £ 400million prize pool that was withheld last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund can continue to help organizations in need as the public health situation continues. was changing. Funding has been provided by the Arts Council England, as well as the Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.