We’ve all been advised to stay away from our local pubs, theatres, museums and other such wonderful institutions for the time being, which is of course a sensible step to stop the spread of Coronavirus. But this leaves our beloved cultural spaces in a bit of jeopardy and unsure of how to survive.
This is where we come in. Many smaller UK venues are launching campaigns for support and we feel we should give them a bit of a shout out in these difficult times. You may not be able to donate much money, but an investment in subscriptions, gift vouchers and memberships may just keep these places open in the future, when we’ll all need a bit of cheering up.
So, with that in mind, we bring you a few ways you can give something now for the future of our arts and culture.
North London’s home to circus and contemporary performance has brought so many unusual shows and festivals to the capital over the years. Support them now whilst their doors are closed by making a donation.
The Theatre Chipping Norton, home to some unique and eccentric productions, has launched the Head Above Water campaign. You can donate as little as £2 to help this community arthouse and cinema.
Oxford’s Old Fire Station, which believes art is for everyone, is asking for your help to keep arts alive through their Coronavirus Emergency Fund. You can make a one-off payment from as little as £5 and help secure their future.
Become a friend of independent cinema and art centre, Phoenix Leicester, which will not only help them stay open but you’ll reap the membership benefits when they’re back open too.
Become a friend of the King’s Head Theatre for £25 and get your name listed on their website, whilst contributing to actors’ wages amongst other crucial things. The Islington pub theatre puts on some pretty eclectic shows and is committed to inclusive and innovative productions, so well worth your support.
Camden People’s Theatre, a community gem supporting inventive new theatre, can be supported through donations and membership too.
If you are a theatre, arts centre, independent cinema or similar and need the nation’s help, please drop us an email via [email protected], we’re here for you!