Cornish music festivals get government cash to help them recover

Two Cornish music festivals are among the creative organisations and events in the Duchy to receive £2.1 million in the second stage of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The Wyldes, which stages the Leopallooza festival near Bude, has been granted £322,000, while Tunes In the Dunes at Perranporth has got £119,770. Both events had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic last year but are due to return later this year.

Other recipients include the Eden Project which has been given just shy of a quarter of a million pounds and Incandescence circus company – which complained it had been overlooked last month – which has got over £90,000.

Support through the Arts Council amounts to over £2.1 million, which is being awarded to 24 arts and culture organisations across the county. This funding will help to ensure they will recover from the pandemic, start to reopen and continue to serve their communities for years to come.

These include:

Organisations such as Golden Tree Productions, the company which brought us the Man Engine and champion Cornish heritage, as well as the Hall for Cornwall, Bodmin Moor’s amphitheatre Sterts and Miracle Theatre who tour their Cornish shows across the South West.

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Music venues in the South East’s forgotten corner with Patchwork Studios at Maker Heights, down to The Old Bakery in Truro and over to Whiskers in Newquay have also gained money.

Museums and galleries from the National Maritime Museum to Newlyn Art Gallery have also been helped.

The full list of Culture Recovery Fund recipients in Cornwall

Jo Elworthy, Eden’s director of interpretation, said: “Like so many other cultural organisations, we’ve had the toughest of tough years so we’re absolutely delighted to hear from Arts Council England that our application has been successful.

“This is great news for the team, the creative sector and our community – a huge boost. It means that we’ll be able to provide further employment and start to fire up our arts and culture programme as we reopen.”

Julien Boast, Hall for Cornwall’s chief executive and creative director, said: “Like thousands of venues across the country we can’t wait to reopen and in our case it will be the first opportunity for people to see the amazing transformation we have undergone over the last three years. This money will help us reconnect with audiences across Cornwall and prepare for our exciting inaugural season later this year. We are grateful to the Cultural Recovery Find and Arts Council England for their continued and invaluable support.”

It has been a difficult year for promoters like Cornwall’s SW1 Productions, which programmes concerts across the region and helps book the acts for Boardmasters.

The company has been given almost £41,000 in the latest round of funding.

SW1 director Katy Barnes said: “This funding is essential for us to be able to continue to promote in the region. We have been hit hard by not being able to run any shows for the last 12 months, resulting in a significant loss of income. Promoting live shows always carries with it an element of risk, it is part and parcel of what we do.

“Having this funding will mean that we can continue to bring new emerging artists – the future headliners – to the region, invest in smaller intimate ‘introducing style shows’, as well as bring back already established names and continue to hunt down those headline tours that we want to come to our region.”

This is the second round of Cultural Recovery Fund money for some of the recipients.

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