A number of Leicester based Organisations have joined or been confirmed to continue as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, guaranteeing them funding from 2018 to 2022.

This announcement shows an investment of over £20 million in the city and county, and great confidence in the cities arts organisations. The investment includes…

Contemporary arts development agency ArtReach, which is responsible for Journeys Festival and Night of the Festivals is a new addition to the Portfolio and will receive £1.4m over the four years.

Attenborough Arts Centre, part of the University of Leicester, saw an increase in their funding to £828k.

Loughborough’s community arts organisation, Charnwood Arts, will continue to be funded to the tune of £527k

Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust, who produce the annual Darbar festival and other live events will see their funding tripled to £980k.

Cinema and Digital arts centre Phoenix Square will continue to receive support in the form of £321k over the four years.

Leicester City Council will receive £1.6M to support it’s museums.

Leicester Dance Theatre Ltd. will receive £1.46M for the first time.

Leicester Print Workshop will see their funding maintained at £280k over the period.

Leicester Theatre Trust, who operate Curve, will continue to receive £7.6M over four years.

Leicestershire County Council will continue to receive £1.2M over the four year period to support their museums.

Serendipity, who run Let’s Dance International, amongst other events, will receive £840k.

Soft Touch Arts, the New Walk based youth arts organisation will continue to receive £354k spread over the four years.

Youth creativity development organisation The Mighty Creatives secured continued funding of £3.4M.

Youth organisation The Spark Arts confirmed increased funding up to £691k.

For full details of organisations funded as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, see ArtsCouncil.org.uk.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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