Circus Starr has been awarded £317,551 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

We are thrilled to receive the contribution which will help us face the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our CIC is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced as part of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

For over 30 years we have been holding accessible and inclusive shows for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. By providing free tickets to our magical circus we give those who usually feel excluded the chance to experience live arts in a safe environment.

The funding provided will allow us to remain open and work towards fundraising for our future shows after the impact of the Coronavirus. We plan to return in 2021, where we will make a difference in 74 communities throughout the UK with performances in both indoor venues and our starry Big Top tent.

Circus Starr Director Michelle Crossley said:

“We can’t express how thankful we are for this funding; we are simply over the moon! This support will ensure that Circus Starr can continue to share the magical art of circus with deserving children who sadly, may usually miss out. For over 30 years we have been uniting communities with our unique event, and we can’t wait to continue making a difference.”

A performer clowning around in the Circus Starr Big Top last year.

A performer clowning around in the Circus Starr Big Top last year.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

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