Buxton Opera House, Buxton International Festival and Y Not Festival receive government grants

Buxton Opera House, Buxton International Festival and Derbyshire’s Y Not Music Festival have all received a financial boost as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The venue and events will receive a share of £400 million given out nationally from the fund, which is awarded through Arts Council England Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

A total of £3.8 million has been given to 45 organisations from across Derbyshire as part of the latest round of funding with more than £430,000 for the High Peak.

The money supports theatres, galleries, museums, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring they have a sustainable future.

Buxton Festival and Fringe is due to take place in July

Buxton Opera House has been awarded £240,960, while Buxton International Festival has been awarded £50,000.

The funding will allow the festival to produce three short operas this year as well as making bookings for the 2021 event including covering artists, wardrobe and technical crew salaries, and preparing venues to ensure they are Covid-safe and acoustically sound.

Eyam Museum, which has received £28,787, tells the story of the village, its famous experience of the plague and quarantine in 1665-1666, as well as its prehistoric origins and later the industrial heritage and social history of the community. This funding will allow them to reopen and employ a front-of-house team member until they can welcome back their team of volunteers. They will continue to grow digital activities and social media channels, offering monthly online talks.

Y Not Festival is due to take place from July 30 to August 1.

Y Not Festival, which takes place in Pikehall each July, has been awarded £120,000. The event brings live music, cinema, comedy and carnival to international audiences as well as offering local artists the opportunity to perform. This funding will allow them to develop one-off events at Easter and Halloween, build plans for 2021’s festival and employ a marketing team to engage with customers, especially families and young people.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “We’re delighted the Culture Recovery Fund has been able to offer support to a wide range of arts and cultural sector companies across Derby/shire – from railway museums and touring LGBTQA+ touring theatre, to music festivals and specialist transport and logistics companies.

“The Government’s package is hugely welcome, providing much of the sector with resources to reopen safely. Building upon investment made in the first round of Cultural Recovery Funding, we’re pleased to see that many more well-loved community projects, theatres, galleries, museums, clubs, music venues, festivals, key cultural suppliers along with other creative spaces and projects have benefited, and their communities will feel a boost as a result. Now that we’re hopefully on the road to recovery, there is much to look forward to as organisations get ready to reopen their doors, welcoming back audiences and making plans for the future.”

And High Peak MP Robert Largan said: “I am delighted that more than £432,000 of grants have been awarded to arts and culture in High Peak. This is a crucial lifeline for our fantastic institutions that do so much to make our area a special place to live.