It has been announced this morning that the Mercury Theatre and the Colchester Arts Centre have both received a welcome cash boost from the governments Culture Recovery Fund.


The Mercury Theatre is in receipt of £250,000 whereas the Colchester arts Centre have received £52,000.


Colchester Arts Centre director Anthony Roberts says: “We are so thrilled to have been given this grant. During our enforced closure we have been able to use the time to make some much needed renovations to the building so that when we reopen the building we will have better accessibility for all. The money is critical to our survival, it’s been a huge learning curve and the journeys not over yet.”


£1.57 billion has been set aside by the government as part of the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help arts venues and theatres face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.


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.


“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

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