Swindon performing arts company receives £25,000 from culture recovery fund

By Barrie Hudson - 1 April 2021

CommunityEducationArts and Culture

One of the South West’s leading performing arts companies for children and young people has received a £25,000 Government grant.

  • Revolution Performing Arts founder Fi Da Silva Adams

    Revolution Performing Arts founder Fi Da Silva Adams

Revolution Performing Arts, based in Swindon but operating in North Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is one of more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Founder Fi Da Silva Adams said: “We thrilled to get this support and humbled too. For many children and young people, our classes in singing, dancing and acting have had a positive impact on mental health, as well as confidence and sheer joy during these difficult few months. We know we’ve helped 100s of children and families.

“At a time when we are unable to generate income in the ‘usual’ way, this is a lifeline for our organisation. This allows us to reopen our face-to-face group classes in a safe and secure manner.” 

Revolution Performing Arts was founded in Swindon in 2007 and the team have been running online sessions throughout all lockdowns. All teachers are DBS checked, trained in first aid and receive training in safeguarding protocols.  RPA specialises in empowering young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts.

More than £300m has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. 

"These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.  

"We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.   

For more information about Revolution Performing Arts visit https://revolutionpa.co.uk


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