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Shrewsbury Folk Festival receives £45,000 in third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
19 Nov 2021

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including Shrewsbury Folk Festival in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

It is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund. The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Shrewsbury was one of the few major folk festivals to take place this year, adapting its format to include open air stages and other measures to manage the safety of festivalgoers. Organisers are already making plans to celebrate its 25th year in 2022 with the first wave of artists and tickets released on December 1.

Sandra Surtees, Director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, said she was incredibly grateful for the grant that would help support a more sustainable future for the festival.

“The grant has given us a strong foundation on which to create and deliver next year’s festival. We sustain a wider network of freelancers, musicians, suppliers and contractors and the bedrock of this financial support means we can offer them some continuity too.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

More than £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

The 2022 Shrewsbury Folk Festival will take place at the West Midland Showground in Berwick Road from August 26th to 29th . For more information, visit www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.