Glastonbury and Young Vic share in £400m from Covid arts fund

Culture secretary announces details of second tranche of grants and loans for arts and heritage sector.

More than 2,700 arts and heritage organisations, from Glastonbury festival to Bamburgh Castle to the Young Vic, are to share £400m in grants and loans from the UK government’s culture recovery fund.

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced details of the second big tranche of money from a £1.57bn fund, which was unveiled last July after warnings that the UK faced an irreversible “cultural catastrophe” without significant intervention.

The first round was about survival, whereas the second is skewed more towards reopening and recovery and includes £900,000 to Glastonbury, which was forced to cancel twice.

Michael and Emily Eavis, the festival’s organisers, said: “We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the culture recovery fund. After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”

The Young Vic in London will receive £219,845. Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theatre’s artistic director, said the money would allow it to invest in its workforce including the freelance theatre community.

“We are so overjoyed to be in receipt of this grant, it means more than we can say,” he said. “It allows us to welcome people back into the building, and importantly, it allows us to invest in what tomorrow looks like.”

Nimax Theatres, which owns six West End venues including the Palace and the Apollo, will receive £898,784 from the second tranche to help it with deep cleaning, Covid-testing equipment and staff training.

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Photograph: Guy Bell/Alamy

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