Award-winning venue given £29,000 lifeline
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
An award-winning entertainment venue in Norwich has been given a by a five-figure government funding boost.
Norwich Arts Centre, which was named the best small live venue in England by the NME, has been awarded £28,915 from the government's culture recovery fund.
The funding, which will eventually have to be repaid, is part of a £1.57bn fund designed to help cultural venues around the country recover from losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and preserve them after it ends.
The venue already stood to be closed for a period this year irregardless of the pandemic, with a major refurbishment being carried out, but the virus added to lost time.
Kelly Robb, marketing and communications manager at NAC, said: "Having received an Arts Council grant back in October 2018 for £499,000 we are so pleased to have seen our regeneration work through to completion this Autumn after a turbulent year.
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"With a freshly decorated auditorium, brand new sound and lights system, refurbished bar, floors, foyer and toilets we have future-proofed our building for generations to come and are looking forward to the future."
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