Creative Arts East is facing a proposed cut of 40% of their total funding from Arts Council England. It's pretty desperate for somewhere like Hindolveston. We have several, always well attended and generally sold out, of their touring productions (music, plays poetry etc) in the Village Hall each year and they loan us the equipment and training for our monthly village cinema. This in turn raises funds for the Village Hall as well as gives the chance for good quality cultural stuff for local people - especially important for those who wouldn't be able to make a round trip of an hour and a half to go into Norwich for the equivalent. And we go to other people's Village Halls for other CEA events. It's the sort of stuff that keeps this bit of Norfolk vibrant and alive. If ACE pull the rug from under CEA it's very possible they will
fold. It really would have a deadening effect on Hindol - and other villages. So, what I was rather hoping from you is: could you sign their petition and put something suitably sad/cross in the text box? I'm asking all my friends with local connections.
So what has brought this about? I presume the Arts Council is reordering its priorities as I haven't seen anything about its own budget being cut to this extent. If it is cutting rural initiatives like this, where is it channelling the money instead? Anyone know?
UPDATE Thur 11am: This post has provoked a lot of people into asking why I, as a small government Conservative, would support any subsidy to the arts at all. I am a bit busy today but I will return to this subject at some point during the day. Meanwhile, ponder on THIS excellent thought from Westminster Wisdom.