Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Performing arts company receives recovery fund lifeline

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Fi Da Silva Adams


One of the South West’s leading performing arts companies for children and young people has received a £25,000 government grant.

Revolution Performing Arts, based in Swindon but operating in North Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is one of more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Founder Fi Da Silva Adams said: “We thrilled to get this support and humbled too.

"For many children and young people, our classes in singing, dancing and acting have had a positive impact on mental health, as well as confidence and sheer joy during these difficult few months.

"We know we’ve helped 100s of children and families.

“At a time when we are unable to generate income in the ‘usual’ way, this is a lifeline for our organisation.

"This allows us to reopen our face to face, group classes in a safe and secure manner.”

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Revolution Performing Arts in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on Good Friday.

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 funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Revolution Performing Arts was founded in Swindon in 2007 and the team have been running online sessions throughout all lockdowns.

Other local grant recipients included: Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts
(organiser of the Devizes Festival) £38,859; Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival) £215,552; and Wiltshire Music Centre £56,898.

Swindon-based English Heritage which cares for 420 historic monuments, buildings, objects and places, was awarded £23.4 million in repayable to cover Covid-related losses and support investment in essential maintenance.