Beat Bazaar Projects receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Beat Bazaar Projects has been awarded £75000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Beat Bazaar Projects is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

For the last 10 years, Beat Bazaar has been offering music making opportunities, creative programmes,  cultural exchanges,  inspiring young people to achieve their full potential. For the last 4 years we have also been running Góbéfest, showcasing culture from around the Carpathian Basin and engaging with diverse communities around the UK.

With this funding we aim to continue delivering online creative workshops, providing vital support for vulnerable young people whose mental health has been affected by Covid 19. Online workshops also help us employ and maintain our talented freelance artists and facilitators.

We also plan to organise more digital online programming and socially distanced events in the lead up to Góbéfest 2021 to compliment next years festival, continuing collaborations with our international partners.

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.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Ottilia Ördög director of Beat Bazaar Projects , said: “We are so grateful to be awarded this funding. The pandemic has affected the lives of young people, the communities we work with as well as the talented creative practitioners, artists and facilitators. It’s great to be able to continue offering inspiration, encouraging creativity and providing support during these hard times."

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