South Hill Park shows sol­i­dar­ity with per­form­ers

The Wokingham Paper - - LESIURE -

ON MON­DAY evening, South Hill Park Arts Cen­tre took part in #LightItInR­ed – a protest to draw at­ten­tion to the con­di­tion of the na­tional events and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The protest was call­ing for spe­cial Gov­ern­ment sup­port to help per­for­mance artists un­til their in­dus­try is al­lowed to restart.

Like many other UK the­atres and arts cen­tres, South Hill Park is fac­ing un­cer­tainty for the fu­ture after the Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment to close arts venues in March to com­bat the Covid19 out­break.

Al­though the Arts Cen­tre con­tin­ues to re­ceive a grant from Brack­nell For­est Bor­ough and Town Coun­cils, and is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s job re­ten­tion scheme, it lost 86% of its in­come overnight.

A spokesper­son from South Hill Park said:

“On the evening of Mon 6 July South Hill Park took part in #LightItInR­ed.

“We wel­come and are grate­ful for the £1.57bn Gov­ern­ment fund to sup­port the arts in­dus­try, but still wanted to take part and show our sup­port for ev­ery­one within the arts, rais­ing aware­ness, not just for venues, but also the many free­lance arts work­ers who are strug­gling at this time, that we and many other arts venues rely on to cre­ate, present and stage work.”

Last month, South Hill Park launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to raise £500,000 to save the Arts Cen­tre.

It has re­ceived sup­port from Hol­ly­wood ac­tor, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer Ken­neth Branagh, and has so far raised £45,559.

A spokesper­son from South Hill Park said they are: “In­cred­i­bly grate­ful to all those who have do­nated so far.”

The venue will be plan­ning how and when it can wel­come au­di­ences back through its doors.

Pic­ture: Man­fred Bruck­ner

The cen­tre was lit up in red.

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