Harrogate International Festival lose Arts Council funding

1 April 2011

Harrogate International Festivals has been advised that it will not be going forward as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2012-2014.

ACE received applications for £460m for 2012-13 against an available budget of just over £310m (just over 67% of the amount applied for), with HIF’s application being one of many that was unsuccessful.

Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive said “Whilst this is a great disappointment, this decision does not alter our position at the heart of Yorkshire’s artistic, community and economic life. Our portfolio of activities, from the core Harrogate International Festival & Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival to the year-round outreach and community delivery across the north of England, is without comparison in the region. It is this breadth of delivery that will sustain the organisation and be resilient during these challenging times.”

HIF’s full programme for 2011 is soon to be announced and plans for 2012 (which will be eligible for support from ACE Grants for the Arts scheme) are already underway.

The HIF  remain committed to their role in arts development, supporting arts organisations within Harrogate and beyond.

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