Culture grants awarded to Ilkley Literature Festival and Ilkley Cinema

Ilkley Cinema reopening 17 May

Both Ilkley Literature Festival (ILF) and Ilkley Cinema have received grants in the latest round of support from the Cultural Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

ILF has received a grant of £27,000 and Ilkley Cinema £40,398 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund, which will help the organisations recover, develop and transition out of the pandemic.

Due to the pandemic, ILF were unable to produce their traditional two-week October festival. Despite this loss, they continued to deliver an extensive programme of work, including two free-to-access digital weekends of author talks

The Cultural Recovery Grant will enable ILF to invest in further development of its digital offer, relaunch its schools programme and remain sustainable while building back towards being able to present live events once again.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Erica Morris, ILF Director, said: “The past 12 months has been difficult for ILF. It was not possible for us to stage the festival last October meaning we had no path to generating the ticket sales which normally account for 60% of our annual income.