We would like to announce that Pavilion Dance South West, in Bournemouth Christchurch Poole, has received a grant of £99,267 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including PDSW in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made last week will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

PDSW will work with dancers and choreographers to bring live dance experiences to the public again. #KeepDancing in the streets this summer or if you can’t, come and enjoy our online program! We’ll be spreading the word far and wide that we’re here and open for business. Dance and cultural activities will play a strong role in bringing people together to laugh, to cry, to share experiences. Goodness knows we all need that.

Zannah Chisholm, Artistic Director CEO says…

“I am very happy and grateful that we have been awarded this money. It will be spent on adapting our ways of working in light of the impact of Covid and letting the public know about the great programmes they can engage with again. The last year has been incredibly hard. We’re now looking ahead to bringing live outdoor dance experiences to the public through the early summer by working with incredible independent dancers and choreographers – once more feeling the energy through our whole bodies. We’ll recruit a Changemaker to challenge and support us to become more inclusive to people with disabilities – a group of the population and the arts sector who have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. And we’ll invest in digital infrastructure so that we can continue to refine and improve our unique digital programme.  We’ll regroup – one step at a time – and hope you’ll join us on that journey.”

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