Joy and relief come with a near-£1 million saviour cash injection for Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts…
A future for Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, is secured. Today, they announced they are to receive a grant of £987,964 from the Cultural Relief Fund. This funding comes as part of the £1.57 billion designated by the government to help cultural and entertainment venues like Lighthouse, Poole.
The arts centre’s chief executive Elsbeth McBain remarked that there was an, “…overriding sense is of joy, relief and immense gratitude to the government for this eleventh-hour support…”
“Lighthouse will continue to play an important part of the cultural landscape of the region and the UK. It has been a very long and stressful few months. Not only for the team at Lighthouse, but for all our colleagues working in the cultural sector. This funding will now enable us to focus on recovery.
“The government has recognised that the cultural industries are a vital part of the UK. Therefore, we are truly grateful for the financial support they have found that will save parts of the sector in the immediate future.
“For Lighthouse, this money will support us until the end of the financial year. By that time, we hope to be able to welcome back capacity audiences once again.”
In the meantime, McBain stated the arts centre will continue to use its spaces creatively. Priorities include ensuring Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra can work in its home concert hall, plus allowing regular groups and classes to continue.
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