group of boys on a dark stage, shining torch lights in front of red back lighting. The boys are wearing blue tops and trousers and looking curious as they crouch in a huddle.

ZoieLogic Dance Theatre receives grant from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund 

ZoieLogic Dance Theatre (ZLDT) has been awarded £25,272 as part of the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including ZLDT in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Southampton based ZLDT will use the funds to create programmes and opportunities for young people to catch up on the creative education opportunities they’ve missed during the pandemic, both in person and digitally. It will enable the company to deliver more dance activity in Southampton and online, and continue contributing to the wider cultural ecology of the UK, artistically, socially and economically.

Activities will include:

  • A talent development programme for boys and young men as part of ZLDT’s FuzzyLogic Youth Dance Company – including the creation of a new live dance theatre show in summer 2021 at MAST Mayflower Studios
  • The development of an interactive digital platform to make the company’s dance education offer accessible to schools online, increasing access to ZLDT creative workshops and creative expertise for schools across the UK
Zoie Golding, Artistic Director, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, said:

“We really appreciate this support – it is all about recovery for us and the communities we serve. It is for the young people we work with, directly responding to their needs and desires, having spent 95% of their year online. And it’s for the brilliant people on the front line of education and learning in schools and beyond, who are still working in restricted environments and in genuine need of more creative support and resources. We’re excited to support these two groups to navigate their way back to creative innovation and producing live performances once again.”

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.”

Chair, Arts Council England, 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.”

For enquiries, images and interview requests contact Rowena Price:

E: rowena@zoielogic.co.uk 

T: 07725196251

Further information

About ZoieLogic Dance Theatre (ZLDT)

Southampton based ZoieLogic Dance Theatre is the only dance theatre company in England solely committed to getting men and boys dancing with professional, community and education strands to its work. Led by Artistic Director Zoie Golding, the company brings 20 years’ experience of challenging the perceptions of dance, who it’s for and how it’s shown. They entertain audiences with bold, risky, surprising shows, and create shows and projects with both professional and non-professional dancers alike. https://zoielogic.co.uk/

Supported by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Company in Residence at MAST. In association with Mayflower Theatre, Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre and Pavilion Dance South West.

More about the Cultural 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.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.

More about Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19.