£53m for culture in Wales

The Welsh Government has pledged GBP53m (58.7m) to help the culture sector recover from COVID-19. It is the second package pledged, after GBP18m was allocated back in April.

The Cultural Recovery Fund will be available for organisations and individuals across the following areas: theatres, galleries, music venues, music businesses, heritage sites, local museums, local libraries, independent cinemas, cultural events and festivals.

Commented deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism Dafydd Elis-Thomas: “We’ve listened and worked with our partners across the cultural and creative sectors to put this second package of support together. We recognise the massive and unprecedented challenges the pandemic is having on the very fabric of Welsh life and we applaud the resilience and creativity on show.

“This package will help support many in the sectors in responding to the pressures and challenges coronavirus has placed on them, it also presents a unique opportunity to deliver a step change – we will develop a cultural contract so that the sector can re-emerge stronger.”

Details on how to apply for the funding will be published on the Arts Council of Wales website.