The future looks bright for Bradford

The government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has helped many theatres and cultural institutions to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bradford Theatres is one of over 1,000 cultural and creative organisations receiving support from the investment. The Culture Recovery Fund grants programme has been administered by Arts Council England, with further funds still to be announced.

Bradford Theatres includes the Alhambra Theatre, St George’s Hall, The Studio in the city centre,
and King’s Hall and Winter Garden in Ilkley. It is run and managed by Bradford Council, offering a regionally significant programme and community use.

The venues are a vitally important part of the national large scale touring circuit, hosting more than 350 performances per year, large and small. They serve densely populates cities and isolated rural areas – but one thing’s certain, they’re all about bringing arts to the people.

Bradford Theatres offers plenty of community engagement opportunities, and this grant will ensure the group’s hard work can continue.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “It’s very exciting to know that we will be able to continue to offer opportunities for residents in our district to access our programme and venues. We’re very much looking forward to being able to welcome our loyal audiences back in the future.”

As a huge fan of Bradford Theatres and a regular visitor to all venues, I’m extremely pleased that funding has been awarded to these stunning spaces. The work they put on, produce and develop is simply astounding and it’s vital we continue to support our local arts venues through the pandemic and beyond.

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