£153,000 theatre boost for Nelson and Colne

Ace Centre
Ace Centre

Pendle Leisure Trust has been awarded £153,638 from Arts Council England for a new theatre programme.

The Strategic Touring Project aims to give more people better access to quality theatrical work across a range of venues, including The ACE Centre in Nelson and The Muni in Colne.

With the funding, Pendle Leisure Trust will run a project designed to dramatically increase artistic involvement by working alongside youth and community programmers.

The project aims to devise, develop and deliver an exciting and energetic new artistic programme across four core venues in Pendle and Blackburn with Darwen.

They will include The ACE Centre and The Muni, starting this month and running until October 2015.

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Arts Development Manager, Kirsty Rose, said: “Although the grant has been awarded to Pendle Leisure Trust, we are working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council and Culturapedia to deliver a quality theatre programme for the people of Lancashire at a number of Pendle, Blackburn and Darwen venues.

“We will be using real people, including young people, to choose our programme and relay it to our audiences.

“So watch out for new and exciting children and family theatre shows, bigger name musicians and a chance to be involved in helping to shape the shows around you!

“The Strategic Touring Project is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people can experience and be inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts entertainment.”

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director North for Arts Council England, added: “I am delighted that Pendle Leisure Trust is being supported through our Strategic Touring Project.

“Their plans to work with four venues across the region, as well as youth and community programmers, will increase the opportunities for people to see high-quality work where they live, as well as enable the development of future projects which will continue to benefit audiences.”