Southampton’s ZoieLogic Dance Theatre receives grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

ZoieLogic Dance Theatre (ZLDT) has been awarded £50,544 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.

The Southampton based dance theatre company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020, is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced on 17th October 2020.

ZLDT will use the funds to adapt and deliver more dance activity in Southampton, and continue contributing to the wider cultural ecology of the UK, artistically, socially and economically.

Activities will include:

  • providing a wider range of opportunities to take part in Covid-secure dance for it’s youth companies, FuzzyLogic (male youth dance company) and FuzzyClear (youth dance company for autistic boys and young men and those facing barriers to dance/extra curricular activities
  • developing and delivering more of its flagship Covid-response participatory
  • production The Grid Experience, which premiered to acclaim in August 2020
  • adapting more activity for to be Covid-secure and in doing so creating new, vital opportunities for freelance creatives in Southampton and beyond to continue working through the pandemic
Zoie Golding, Artistic Director, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, said:

“We feel hugely privileged to be in receipt of Culture Recovery Funds. We have fought with optimism and resolve to keep doing what we do best throughout the pandemic – making a positive difference to people’s lives through our unique brand of dance theatre.

“This grant will help address the negative impact of Covid-19 on our company and in the communities we work with. And importantly, it will provide the vital funds needed for us to continue innovating through dance to bring people together at a time when the arts and feelings of connection are needed more than ever.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 

“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.

“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.  

“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis.  We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”

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