Calls for support for Hull’s cultural sector

Calls for support for Hull’s cultural sector

Calls for support for Hull’s cultural sector

City leaders, including Councillor Stephen Brady, have requested additional support from the government for Hull’s cultural, arts and heritage industries.

According to a statement by Hull City Council, Councillors Stephen Brady and Dave Craker have written to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

In their letter, they reference the “enormous” development and growth of Hull’s cultural offer and reputation following its title of UK City of Culture in 2017, and the importance of protecting its legacy.

The letter continues:

“We want to ensure that we protect the legacy of creativity that has emerged in our arts and cultural industries which are part of the very fabric of the city’s newfound vibrancy.

“Our creative and arts sector responded very positively to our decision and have told us that it has been hugely beneficial to support some organisations to keep operating.”

Hull City council recently made the decision to extend their Discretionary Grant Fund to the creative arts and media sector.

This has facilitated £200,000 of grant funding to local arts and cultural industries.

The letter to Oliver Dowden welcomes the government’s decision to fund a £1.57 billion rescue package to help these industries.

However, it also highlights that in recent weeks the impact of coronavirus has already resulted in the closure of a number of live music and performing arts venues in Hull stating that “their closure will be a huge loss to our local cultural offer”.


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