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Jun 05 2020

Theatres Support NCFA's Arts Recovery Plan

Theatres and Arts Centres across the country have come together to show support for the National Arts Recovery Plan published last week by the NCFA and the #savethearts campaign. We stand together with the NCFA and our artists and arts workers at this difficult time to ensure the survival of our sector.

How we will address the severe challenges posed by social distancing and huge losses in revenue will require close collaboration with our artists, arts workers and audiences as well as The Arts Council, Local Authorities and Government partners. Venues are more than walls – we are teams of professional, experienced people dedicated to supporting artists and audiences and we are working hard right now to create plans for a reimagined future in which we can support our artists to the best of our ability and enrich our communities creatively.

With investment from the Government and Arts Council, as outlined in the National Arts Recovery Plan:

The Covid-19 crisis has affected everyone. The financial impact is devastating. It is crucial that we protect our arts sector and ensure the years of investment, experience, and artist support infrastructure are not lost. Theatres and Arts Centres are a key infrastructure for communities and artists; we are an important touchstone for arts engagement and provide vital pathways connecting artists and audiences. We value all our sectoral partners and will continue to prioritise artists and arts workers as we navigate through this difficult and uncertain time together. The National Arts Recovery Plan outlines comprehensively the challenges facing our sector and presents a plan for the survival and recovery of the sector to ensure that the Arts & Culture Sector can contribute to Ireland’s economic and societal recovery and can continue to enrich all of our lives.

Signed by: Backstage Theatre, Longford Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny; Town Hall Theatre, Galway Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; glór, Ennis Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire Roscommon Arts Centre; Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge; Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda; Mullingar Arts Centre Project Arts Centre; Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Axis, Ballymun; Draíocht, Blanchardstown Everyman Theatre, Cork; Theatre Royal, Waterford An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny; The Source Arts Centre, Thurles Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh; Belltable, Limerick Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford; The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton; Ballina Arts Centre; Wexford Arts Centre; Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Birr Arts Centre VISUAL, Carlow