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West Cheshire arts venues receive vital Government funding

12 October 2020

Arts venues across west Cheshire are to receive thousands of pounds in long-awaited vital Government in order to secure their immediate future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tranche of cash is part of the Government’s £1.6 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and will "protect these special places" which "form the soul of our nation", said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

The funding will help performances to restart, assist venues to plan for reopening, protect jobs and create freelance opportunities, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.

The venues in Cheshire West who will receive the funding include:

  • Storyhouse and Alexander's in Chester, receiving over £730k and £238k respectively
  • Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, receiving £50k
  • The Salty Dog in Northwich, receiving £80k

Sir Nicholas Serota, the chairman of Arts Council England, which is distributing the money, said: "Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages.

"This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences."

Additional funding is expected to be announced later this month.