Prior to the second lockdown we now find ourselves in, the nation took to the streets fully embracing schemes such as Eat Out to Help Out and once again revisiting our favourite shops. However, there is still  a void - one that was filled with live performance and art. 

One of the most engaging and enriching aspects of the country is the thriving arts and culture industry here in the UK, offering something for everyone. As a consequence of the pandemic it has been held at a stand still, with venues, galleries, theatres and festivals waiting for the day they can once more entertain people. The sad truth that acts as a crude warning to us is the fact that at the moment venues across the country are having to rely on donations, setting up crowd funding pages  to stay open, particularly local venues such as  the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham who were already supported by funding from volunteers, and others like it could be at risk. The thought of losing both major and local venues is  devastating and would be a blow to the arts scene overall across the country if it were to happen. 

Also it is not only about keeping these valuable places open, but about giving credit to those who keep them open and give these places sustenance. Those involved directly or indirectly are significant contributers because they are the ones who help to feed creativity by sharing experiences that bring people together to challenge ideas and celebrate life. Therefore, it is crucial that we help keep our venues open as they generate jobs to those who help to support communties  by maintaing these cultural hubs that brings social cohesion through better understanding, enhanced learning and opportunities that boosts well-being. 

More of us want to escape, especially now in these strange times where the pandemic has introduced a new reality that most do not feel like facing. In these moments the arts is  a beacon of light, not only as a source of entertainment, but also a means of appreciation to those who provide it. That's  why it's integral that we save our venues - we keep those all important people in it and in turn we keep a healthy and thriving arts and culture scene in the UK.