• Harrogate Theatre has been awarded £249,820 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • The theatre is one of 1,385 organisations receiving urgently needed support.
  • Harrogate Theatre was forced to close due to Covid-19 and will not be able to resume shows until 2021.

Harrogate Theatre is set to receive just under £250,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

The fund is aimed at helping cultural organisations combat the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Harrogate Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support.

£257 million of investment has been announced as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, being administered by Arts Council England.

Harrogate Theatre was forced to close earlier in the year due to Covid-19, and will not resume shows until 2021.

Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre, David Bown said:

“The funding provides an urgent lifeline to Harrogate Theatre and many other arts organisations across the country – we are thankful for this vital intervention which demonstrates our value to our local area and the wider cultural sector.

“This support secures our immediate future by covering losses from November 2020 to April 2021, and also enables us to prepare for a return in 2021 in a safe and robust manner.

“I would like to thank all of our stakeholders, especially the Board of directors and Harrogate Borough Council who have likewise provided remarkable support throughout these difficult times.”

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.”

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