Public Campaign for the Arts

London theatre news: Thursday 18 June 2020

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A nationwide, volunteer-led public campaign is underway to support Britain's imperilled performing arts industry - see how you can help ...
Photos of people supporting the Public Campaign for the Arts

Image courtesy Public Campaign for the Arts

It's time for all theatregoers - and those who appreciate the arts in general - to show their support for this vital industry which is facing considerable hardship and financial strain while venues remain closed.

Without specific financial support, it's thought that 50% of music venues and around 70% of theatres will close by the end of this year, impacting not only the arts industry itself but the wider economy too.

With an estimated contribution of over £100 billion a year, the arts represent a significant element of economic activity throughout the UK and provide social benefits that are not so easy to quantify.

The Public Campaign for the Arts is uniting people of all backgrounds and ages from right across the UK to call on the government to provide a rescue and financial safety-net for the whole of the cultural industry.

And you can play your part ...

First up, there's a petition which you can sign on parliament's website.

You can also add your voice and story to a series of videos which the campaign is curating.

Here are some snippets from people who have already recorded videos ...

Dawn from Hereford says ...

"Arts centres and theatre are the central places for many people in communities.

For the mind, body and soul it's essential.

It's absolutely essential."

Mark from Leicester says ...

"Where I worked, the Haymarket in Leicester, has already closed so I've lost my job.

I've had some mental health problems in the last few years and theatre is like therapy for me.

If theatres close it will be so devastating for communities."

Marion from the Lake District says ...

"It's a hub for the community.

I cannot imagine life without the theatre there.

Most people are being made redundant.

It's desperately, desperately sad.

I don't know what we're going to do without the theatre."

Abiola from Hackney says ...

"The arts mean a great deal to me.

It means expression and that means everything.

I would like the government to look at ways that the arts can have continued support."

You can add your own story and watch others here.

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