Renowned Hackney theatre doubles Arts Council funding

Dalston-based Arcola Theatre has doubled its Arts Council grant for 2012-15, despite massive cuts by the Government to arts funding across the country,

Hackney Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Jonathan McShane, said:

"The Arcola Theatre represents Hackney’s arts scene at its best – innovative, challenging and successful - attracting huge numbers of people to its productions.

“It is no surprise to anyone who has had the pleasure of being in the audience for a high quality Arcola production to hear that they have not only retained, but doubled, their Arts Council funding.

"The theatre s work with young people and the community is equally commendable, as it ensures that Hackney residents have access to the very best arts provision.

"Everyone here in Hackney wishes them a long and successful future, and we look forward to ever more pioneering performances."

Arcola recently moved to its new location in Dalston with help from Hackney Council.

The Arts Council announcement has also brought unwelcome news for some local arts and cultural groups, including Tropical Isles, a Hackney-based body working with young people, which has lost its funding.


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For more information contact Susie Haywood, Hackney Council press office, 020 8356 2869