Welcome to your weekly update from Curve. We hope this finds you well and, if you’re living in the city, coping with the lockdown.
Earlier this week we welcomed the news of the £1.57 billion support package to protect our world-famous arts and cultural industries. Theatres play a vital role in our communities and it makes good business sense to invest in our sector, which brings millions of pounds into our local economies. Thank you to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and HM Treasury for this essential investment in our industry, and to Arts Council England and UK Theatre for their continued lobbying on behalf of the cultural sector. Although we still don’t know how these funds will be allocated – or if Curve will be eligible for support – we remain hopeful this much-needed investment will benefit our theatre.
Our thanks are also extended to all of you who have supported Curve and the arts and culture industries during lockdown so far. Every element of support – whether a positive message on social media, a ticket-value donation, a letter to an MP or a signature on a petition – has already gone a long way in making the case for our sector and the importance it holds in our local communities. Your support also lifts the spirits of all who work in our industry, and everyone at Curve is massively grateful for the kindness and support we have been shown over this challenging and ongoing period.
You may have seen or heard both of us commenting on this news across various media outlets this week, including a host of local BBC radio stations and BBC East Midlands Today. Nikolai also gave reaction to the package on Front Row on BBC Radio Four, and you can catch up with the programme here.
This week’s newsletter opens with a reminder of the latest guidance from Leicester City Council around to the COVID-19 pandemic, as our wonderful city continues in its extended period of lockdown. We send our continued best wishes to everyone whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by this awful situation.
At the height of lockdown in May we invited you – our audience – to share how you were keeping busy at home for a Made at Curve digital project in collaboration with award-winning Leicester performance poet and Curve Breakthrough Artist, Jess Green. From art to sport, we received a host of inspiring clips of your at-home activities and we extend our warmest thanks for your wonderful contributions. This week we’re delighted to share the final video, narrated with a poem written by Jess for the launch of Leicester’s Cultural Prospectus. The film is directed by our Birkbeck Trainee Director Emily Oulton and edited by our Graphic Design Apprentice, Luke Billings.
Elsewhere this week we were humbled to be included in The Guardian’s ‘Theatres that made us’ series, with a heartening testimony from our friend Danny Mac (White Christmas, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde). Thank you so much for your kind words Danny, and we’ll hold you to “running back to work” with us soon!
Curve Affiliate Group Nupur Arts also take Nartan online from this weekend, with an array of Indian classical and folk dance to enjoy each weekend until 26 Jul.
Visit our website to watch.
Thank you to each and every one of you, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England for your continued support.
Chris & Nikolai