Octagon secure the next step on the road to recovery

Octagon secure the next step on the road to recovery

Octagon Theatre receive vital funding from the Culture Recovery Fund

We can today announce that we have successfully been awarded funding from the second round of the Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund which will help to support us during the transition period out of the current lockdown restrictions as we prepare to open our doors.

Both rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund have been a lifeline for us and has helped ensure our survival. The funding from round two, for which we are grateful to receive £148,500, has been awarded specifically to sustain arts and cultural organisations between the April – June period whilst they reopen in line with the Government’s roadmap.

In a joint statement Octagon Chief Executive, Roddy Gauld and Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham commented: “The last 12 months have been a devastating time for the arts sector, including the Octagon. We’ve experienced a massive loss of income and had to take very difficult decisions to ensure the theatre’s future viability. People have really rallied round to support us and spoken very fondly about their happy experiences of seeing shows here.

“The Octagon is a major attraction for Bolton, bringing visitors from across the region to our town, as well as being a powerhouse for theatre talent and production. This support from the Government is incredibly welcome and will help us recover and thrive again – bringing people back together with live entertainment, enriching the lives of our community through our youth and participation groups and supporting our invaluable community of freelance artists.

“We can’t wait to open later this year and welcome audiences back to their world class theatre, here in Bolton.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

“We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

We are now finalising plans to welcome audiences back in the coming weeks with details to be announced shortly.

As a registered charity, we are grateful for all of the support from funders, audiences and everyone who has donated in this difficult period. As we continues to prepare for reopening your support will be more important than ever before.

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