|Vote of Confidence|
|Friday, 20 May 2011 12:12|
Buxton Festival hs survived the latest round of funding cuts and has emerged with a larger grant.
While many arts organisations across the country have seen government funding slashed, Buxton Festival has secured increased grant aid for the next three years.
Some 1,300 organisations were assessed by Arts Council England on their ability to help achieve a 10-year vision to get the best art to the most people. The Festival was one of the winners, receiving £120,000 for 2012 – a 17% increase.
“It was a great relief to receive the news that our funding from ACE remains intact,” says chief executive Glyn Foley. “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% 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.”
The Festival is primarily funded by ticket sales and individual donations. Public funding, including the increased ACE grant, makes up only 10% of its income.
The 2011 event, from July 9 to 27, is the biggest yet with six rarely seen operas, two chamber operas, one community opera, 45 eclectic concerts and a star-studded literary series.
“This year we mount three fully-staged Festival productions, underlining our ambition, even in these tough times,” says Glyn. “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.”
Early tickets sales suggest another record year – some literary events have already sold out and are being repeated.
“We’re delighted that there has been such interest in our programme and tickets are selling so quickly,” he adds.
“Internet bookings have been particularly high this year and customers can view an online brochure, check availability for operas and see new times added for literary talks on our website.”
There is still availability for most shows but they are selling quickly. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk to book and check availability or call 0845 12 72190.