Shrewsbury Folk Festival has been awarded £93,000 as part of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The festival is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. The £257million investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. 

The funding will help with the festival’s on-going running costs as it plans its 2021 event and will support the implementation of the relevant measures to ensure the safety of festival-goers attending next year. 

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said: We are very excited and grateful to have received this grant. It will allow us to lay on the same fabulous festival that we always do, with the necessary measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of our festival family. 

“Being able to bring such an incredible variety of live music to Shrewsbury every year is a huge honour, and we’re delighted that the contribution we make to local culture and the economy has been recognised with the award of this grant.”

Next year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from  27 to 30 August. Tickets are on sale at shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.