*** Press Release 2nd April 2020
Watchet LIVE CIC to receive funding from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Grant allows us to re-confirm plans for Watchet Festival 2021, in line with the government’s roadmap for easing restrictions
Watchet among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
Funding assures the future of all events organised by Watchet LIVE CIC,
including both Watchet Music Festival & Watchet Carnival
Vast majority of Watchet Festival 2021 line up confirmed to carry over from last year’s cancelled event, with major acts including Gabrielle, Shed 7, Toyah, The Blockheads, Sister Sledge* (*travel restrictions permitting) and many more.
All 2020 ticket purchases remain valid for Watchet 2021, with remaining tickets to return back on sale on from 1 May 2021.
Watchet LIVE in West Somerset has received a grant of £75,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Watchet LIVE CIC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
This award paves the way towards staging this year’s Watchet Music Festival, returning after last year’s cancelled event, to its rightful place over the late August Bank Holiday.
The grant provides the festival with a lifeline to offset any unforeseen Covid-related costs, or the possibility that a reduced capacity event may lead to a shortfall in ticket income, and will also provide critical assurance for our many suppliers (many of whom are independent local businesses) and artists alike, that we are viable for the future.
Currently Watchet Live is working with four other Somerset festivals to produce a Covid based event safety plan. We are closely working with and seeking advice from the local authority on guidance going forward, following the Government road map recovery plan.
This award also safeguards the future of all the other community events organised by Watchet LIVE CIC, ensuring the town remains a vibrant and diverse place to live and visit.
Watchet CIC representative Mark Bale, says:
“All of us involved with Watchet LIVE are honoured to be awarded this grant. The past 12 months has created so much uncertainty for the future of our community events, so this secures the future of Watchet Festival for 2021 and into the years ahead.
As we have never had the need to apply or rely on funding in the past, being awarded this grant shows to us that the wider performing arts community recognise and have faith in what Watchet LIVE CIC means to the West Somerset area. Restrictions permitting, we cannot wait to welcome friends from near and far back to our award-winning festival this August Bank Holiday weekend.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“The Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.”