More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including Utopia Theatre, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Utopia Theatre prides itself on being a leading voice in African Theatre, particularly in the digital space. In 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 restrictions, Utopia quickly moved its work online. The grant received from the Culture Recovery Fund grant will ensure the financial security needed to ensure the organisation can deliver its wide range of planned activities and productions in 2022.
The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:
“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”
Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.
Mojisola Elufowoju, Utopia Theatre CEO/ Artistic Director said:
“Once again, Utopia Theatre is profoundly grateful for the support we have received through the Cultural Recovery Fund. I’d like to thank the
Chancellor and HM Treasury, the Culture Secretary and DCMS, Arts Council England and the countless others who have played a role in securing this vital lifeline for our industry.
The Culture Recovery Fund is securing the future of Utopia Theatre, helping us ensure we can return enthusiastically to our work in 2022. This support means that we can bring African Theatre back to theatres across the UK with confidence and ambition.”
Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:
“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.