After months of closures and cancellations, arts venues and festivals in Warrington town centre have received the good news of a massive boost from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. It is part of a £400 million additional support package of Covid support funding announced by Arts Council England over the Easter weekend.
This is the second recovery grant for Culture Warrington, the charity that runs Pyramid Arts Centre, Parr Hall, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, receiving over £78,000 in this round
As we look forward to the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality on 12 April, Warrington BID’s Manager, Nick White says this is great news for the town:
“Our high quality arts festivals, performance venues, museums and heritage sites bring people into the Warrington and are an important part of the town centre experience for visitors and residents. Their success is key to the long term reopening and recovery of the high street as audiences bring footfall and additional spending which have a knock on effect on the hospitality and retail sector.”
Leah Biddle, cultural manager for Culture Warrington, said:
“This past year has been incredibly challenging for our organisation, venues, and staff – as well as the wider arts sector – but we can’t wait to return and we have a jam-packed programme of workshops, shows, events, and more for our audiences to look forward to in the coming months.”