Festival boost from art fund

BUXTON Festival has survived Arts Council England’s spending cuts, and has secured increased funding for the next three years.

The Festival’s chief executive, Glyn Foley, said: “It was a great relief to receive the news that our funding from Arts Council England remains intact.

“It is a vital source of income for us, ensuring our ability to produce high quality opera and to continue to bring international talent to Buxton.

“We know ACE has had to make a 15 per cent cut, so we are thrilled that they have been able to increase their investment in this area. We have great sympathy with those organisations which have not been so fortunate.

He added: “This year we mount three fully-staged Festival productions, underlining our ambition, even in these tough times.

“The positive outcome of the Arts Council’s funding decision allows us to continue our aim to make Buxton Festival one of the UK’s most successful arts festivals.”

Buxton Festival has received a 17 per cent increase in funding for 2012, with investment of £120,000.

The Festival is primarily funded by ticket sales (60 per cent) and individual donations (15 per cent). Public funding, including the ACE grant, makes up only ten per cent of its income. Every £1 of public investment generates a further £9 for the region’s economy.

The 2011 Buxton Festival is set for July 9 – 27 and is the biggest yet with six rarely seen operas, two chamber operas, one community opera, 45 eclectic concerts and a star-studded literary series.

Ticket sales suggest this will be another record year. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk.