Leicestershire’s arts and culture scene will get a huge financial boost

INVESTMENT IN THE ARTS: A performance by the Bamboozle Theater Company which works with hundreds of families of children with profound learning difficulties

Arts organizations in Leicestershire are set to get a welcome boost after receiving substantial funding from Arts Council England.

They will receive a share of £7.2m each year from 2023-2026 as part of a new national portfolio of funded organisations. A total of 24 groups will benefit, ensuring that more people in more places can find fantastic and fulfilling art and culture on their doorstep.

The investment will reach a rich and diverse mix of groups, from established organizations to ambitious pioneers and innovators, enabling more people to experience and participate in high quality creative and cultural activities where they live.

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While building on the longer-term ambitions set out in the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy, Let’s Create, funds will also be invested in seven new Leicestershire organizations which together will help find and develop the next generation of talents.

The new portfolio is more diversified and larger than ever and will include:

  • 2Funky Arts who bring black arts and music together, to communities in Leicester and beyond while engaging with hundreds of young people in positive music-making initiatives.
  • Cosmopolitan Arts, which specializes in creating large-scale events and unique performances including live music, dance, street theater and art.
  • Inspirate, which produces festivals and arts events, providing culturally dynamic experiences to audiences across the country.
  • Leicestershire Museums, Library and Heritage Service (Leicestershire County Council) – which operates from sites across the county.
  • Nupur Arts, which engages with artists and people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, to develop, promote and support South Asian dance through outreach workshops and performances.
  • Opal22 Arts, a heritage and cultural organization that provides visual arts, music, literature, theatre, educational activities and exhibitions for local communities.
  • Phizzical Productions, which works across England to commission and produce South Asian cultural experiences, includes producing for the UK Asian Film Festival and delivering music workshops for young people.
SOUTH ASIAN DANCE: Indian Classical Dancers from Nupur Arts

The Arts Council will also increase its investments in: the company Bamboozle Theatre, which produces accessible and immersive theater for children and young people with intellectual disabilities; Darbar, which uses classical Indian music and dance in live, primary school and online events; and Serendipity, which strive to integrate African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora perspectives, from supporting artists to creating new work and mentoring young people.

Peter Knott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: “We are delighted to unveil our ambitious new portfolio which is reaching more people in more places across Leicester/shire than ever before.

“The Arts Council is investing more money outside of London, and we are introducing seven new organizations locally. Leicester/shire already has a vibrant cultural scene with an international reputation for excellence and we look forward to supporting more opportunities for even more communities in the region to experience creativity on their doorstep.

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Sukhy Johal MBE, Chairman of the Midlands Regional Council, said: “The cultural landscape of the Midlands is exciting and energetic with artists and organizations creating extraordinary work that engages and enriches communities. We want to support a sector that breaks down barriers, creates more opportunities to showcase creativity and talent and makes England a truly creative nation.

Submitted by Arts Council England.

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