I am delighted by the news that Magna Vitae has been awarded £249,500 as part of the first round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) . They are a great, local organisation that provides a variety of innovative cultural and fitness activities. Magna Vitae promote a healthy lifestyle within the community in East Lindsey and help advance creativity through events such as the SO Festival, which I had the pleasure of attending last year. This funding will help continue their vital work to widen participation in the community and further their contribution to culture in our area.
Magna Vitae promotes engagement in the arts and fitness through run a range of facilities in East Lindsey such as the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite and Sutton on Sea Multi Activity Community Area, as well as the Embassy Theatre in Skegness. They also contribute to outreach projects and run the annual SO Festival, an international Street Art festival offering a variety of outdoor entertainment in Mablethorpe and Skegness.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”