Arts news

Recovery fund help for Dorchester Arts

DORCHESTER Arts has been awarded £52,710 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it has a sustainable future. Currently closed, due to the pandemic, Dorchester Arts, which is based at the Corn Exchange, has been at the heart of the…

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Surprise award for BridLit director

THERE was a surprise for Bridport Literary Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart when she took to the stage of the Electric Palace to thank speaker Sir Barney White-Spunner, after his talk about his book, Berlin – George Streatfeild, the High Sheriff of Dorset, in full formal regalia, came on to the platform to present her with…

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Flea the Pandemic, back to 2021

THE Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably revived interest in earlier mass infections – the Spanish flu of 100 years ago and the infamous Black Death of the mid 14th- century. Sturminster Newton’s Taboo Theatre Company, working with playwright Sue Ashby, will bring the story of this plague that killed untold millions across Europe to the stage…

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Vital grant for Marine Theatre

THE historic Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis has received a vital boost with a £50,000 grant from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it has a sustainable future. Director Gabby Rabbitts said: “We are so pleased and relieved. Alongside savings, fundraising, and…

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Culture fund lifeline for history festival

THE Chalke Valley History Festival has been awarded £260,000 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure a sustainable future for the history festival and its Festival for Schools. The history festival, based in the Chalke valley in south Wiltshire,…

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Culture recovery grant for Wiltshire Creative

WILTSHIRE Creative, which runs Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival, has been awarded £446,000 as part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The grant will contribute towards the organisation’s running costs until the end of March 2021. In a joint statement, Wiltshire…

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Gold award at Dorset Moon

DORSET Moon, a beautiful and moving celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, has won a gold award in the new Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Destination Awards. The award is for any event, festival, exhibition or performance that has drawn visitors to the area and enriched the cultural diversity of the area. Over…

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