Folkestone & Hythe Express: £400k boost for culture in district

Folkestone & Hythe Express: £400k boost for culture in district

Article by Rhys Griffiths for the Folkestone & Hythe Express - published 24 November 2021

Further cash has been awarded to help support businesses and projects in the district's arts and culture sector which was battered by the pandemic.

The entertainment and events industry was hit hard by the repeated lockdowns and government cash has been needed to keep help a number of Folkestone and Hythe firms afloat during the crisis.

It has been announced that a further £412,333 in continuity support grants has been allocated to five organisations from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Arts groups HOP Projects, Screen South and Strange Cargo will each receive £35,516, £87,500 and £49,000 respectively.

Silver Screen Cinema will get £95,317, while The Chambers bar and cafe - which is a well-established live music venue - will benefit from £145,000.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said: "Throughout the pandemic, the government has shown it truly values the place of culture, art and heritage in our society.

"Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh are examples of how cultural regeneration can transform coastal communities. I'm delighted that the Treasury and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have awarded more support."

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