Arts Council Funding boost for The Victoria Theatre

19 November 2021
Arts Council Here for Culture

The Victoria Theatre in Halifax is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund


The Calderdale Council-owned theatre has been awarded £160,000 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This  award will help the Victoria Theatre to safeguard the critical festive season and provide an essential safety net if any circumstances outside of the theatre’s control affect the season.

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including The Victoria Theatre Halifax, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Calderdale Councillor, Jenny Lynn said:

“The pandemic has been one of the toughest times in the long history of  the Victoria Theatre, with the theatre being fully closed for 18 months.

“We’re delighted that we’re once again welcoming visitors to our wonderful venue, but the impact of the long closure is still being felt and next year is critical to the success of the theatre and to Calderdale’s cultural recovery. The theatre is an important cultural asset for Calderdale that brings joy to so many people across the borough. It’s also a huge contributor to the night-time economy, especially over the festive season. This funding is a welcome safeguard against any further unforeseen events.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.


Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

Now, in these challenging times, it’s everybody’s turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can continue to weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

And we are #HereForCulture too.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.