London (AP) — the British government has announced more than 1.5 billion pounds (almost 2 billion) to help the country…
London (AP) — the British government has announced more than 1.5 billion pounds (almost $2 billion) to help the country’s fantastic arts and cultural institutions recover from coronavirus pandemic, after several theatres and concert halls have warned that without support they may never open again.
At 1.57 billion pounds package ($1.96 billion) for museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, monuments and concert halls includes almost 900 million pounds in grants and more than 200 million pounds in loans.
The details of how the money will be distributed has not been released, but the leaders of arts organizations breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement.
“When we heard last night, we slept for the first time since March,” – said Monday the Kwame Kwei-Wks, artistic Director of the young Vic theatre, London,. “This is the real proof that we listened and that the government understands that we have died to the knees, and also that we are an important part of the salvation of our country.”
Tamara Roja, artistic Director of English national ballet, said: “this package gives our sector a chance for survival”.
British arts, especially theatre — to generate billions in revenues to support hundreds of thousands of jobs, and play an important role in enhancing the country’s international image.
Some institutions arts in the UK are opening their doors after more than three months of strict isolation, starting with the National gallery in London which opens on Wednesday. But the rules of social distancing and the almost complete lack of tourists means that they face a big financial blow.
Theaters and concert halls not announced when they will be able to recognize audience, and some of them have already announced that they will be always there for you.
Culture Minister Oliver Dowden said the theaters would not be able to return to normal as long as the need for social distancing is excessive and too early to say when it will be.
“I want to make sure that it can happen,” – he said Bi-bi-si. “I just want to be a little realistic about the challenges of getting us back to that point in the near future.”
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