£59m of UK Arts Aid Fund set for Wales

The UK Government has announced an arts aid fund of £1.57billion for the arts and culture sector to help out the beleaguered live performance industry, with £59m going to Wales.

Under the deal, £59m will come to Wales. Welsh Government is yet to announce how that money will be spent.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the money will “help safeguard the sector for future generations”.

Boris Johnson arts aid fund
Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered an arts aid fund during the pandemic with a portion going to Wales’ performing arts. (image credit: BBC)

The Welsh Government said it would “protect numbers of jobs and livelihoods in Wales’ cultural sector”.

The news comes after intense lobbying from industry leaders as well as an outpouring on social media from workers in the theatre and live performance industries, warning of an end to UK theatre as we know it. Many arts leaders in the UK have responded to the news positively.

More to follow on the arts aid fund for Wales. 


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