Cinema set for extra funding


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) last week revealed the recipients from the latest round of the culture recovery fund – a grants programme set up by the UK government as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The £107m fund will be shared between 925 arts, culture, and heritage organisations, with £6m being put towards independent cinemas. Kino Digital Ltd, the owners of Rye Kino, will receive just over £105,000.

These grants provide a vital lifeline of support to cultural organisations across the country that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to Kino Digital, other local recipients include the Barefoot Opera, Hastings Contemporary, and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Sally-Ann Hart, Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye since 2019.

Sally-Ann Hart, MP for Hastings and Rye, has welcomed this additional funding saying; “Cultural organisations and sites are an integral part of Hastings and Rye’s tourism sector, which has a strong appeal to both domestic and international visitors, and which drive the local economy. Supporting them is therefore of utmost importance. Throughout the pandemic, these organisations have been affected particularly badly and I welcome this additional support which will go a long way to helping local projects this winter.”

The £107m funding comes from the £300m announced by the chancellor at March’s budget for the culture recovery fund, bringing the total cash support package made available for culture during the pandemic close to £2bn.

Kino Digital Ltd was approached for comment on the latest funding but has so far made no reply.

Image Credits: Kenneth Bird , Chris Lawson .

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