Luton's Next Generation Youth Theatre 'saved' with a lifeline £57k grant from Arts Council

Luton's largest theatre and dance provider for young people has been handed a lifeline in order to continue its vital work.
Next Generation Youth Theatre has been handed a lifeline to continue its vital workNext Generation Youth Theatre has been handed a lifeline to continue its vital work
Next Generation Youth Theatre has been handed a lifeline to continue its vital work

Next Generation Youth Theatre (NGYT) will receive £57,377 in funding from Arts Council England, as part of a national cash injection into the arts following a difficult year due to Covid-19.

NGYT co-director David Lloyd said: "The funding has literally saved us. Covid-19 safe sessions will continue and our local freelance team will remain in work.

"We now have the time and resource to consult our young people, as well as industry specialists, about ways in which we can strengthen and protect our long term future."

NGYT is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently-needed support.

£257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

Chairman of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota added: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences"

NGYT was set up in 2013 and had staged many plays and outdoor performances showcasing Luton's youthful talent. For further information about NGYT's theatre, dance and arts activities for young people aged up to 25, visit www.ngyt.co.uk.