Hoxton arts venue receives coronavirus recovery grant

Karena Johnson, artistic director and CEO of Hoxton Hall. Picture: Hoxton Hall

Karena Johnson, artistic director and CEO of Hoxton Hall. Picture: Hoxton Hall - Credit: Hoxton Hall

A Hoxton performance arts theatre and community centre has been awarded £120k to help it survive the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Hoxton Hall in Hoxton Street

Hoxton Hall in Hoxton Street - Credit: hoxton hall

Hoxton Hall received the grant as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

Karena Johnson, artistic director and CEO of Hoxton Hall, said the grant will secure the Victorian music hall’s survival until the coming spring: “We are not out of the woods but it will enable us to stage some test events next year, welcoming audiences back for the first time since March.

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The theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations in the country which has received urgently needed support.

£257 million of investment was announced by culture secretary Oliver Dowden as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

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However, distribution of the first round of CRF grants under £1 million was delayed from October 5 to October 12.

Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

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