A BRIGHTON landmark has been awarded over £400,000 to help it recover from the pandemic.

The Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival has received £446,000 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund today.

The registered arts charity is among 925 recipients across the country to benefit from the emergency funding that was set-up to help the cultural sector recover from the economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The third round of funding will support organisations as they deal with ongoing challenges over the winter months.

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Since restrictions were lifted, Brighton Dome was able to re-open the Concert Hall to full capacity audiences, implementing public safety measures in the venue and Covid status checks for visitors.

Andrew Comben, chief executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival commented: “Since re-opening our doors in September we realise how fortunate we are to still be here, though recovery from the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic will be long and challenging.

"We’ve been delighted to welcome audiences back to our venue, but there is still some way to go before everyone feels confident about coming out to live indoor events.

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"We are enormously grateful to receive this additional funding so we can continue to deliver great events safely as we go into the winter season.”

The awards are amongst more than £100 million allocated by Arts Council England on behalf of the Government.

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”.

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Over £1.2 billion in total has already been awarded from the Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added: “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.”

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