Critical cash boost for theatre

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Photo by: Zoe Manders

Eastleigh’s award-winning arts and performance venue The Point has received a cash boost thanks to a successful bid for support from Hampshire County Council’s Culture & Recreation Investment Fund.

A £50,000 award for 2018-19 will support the whole spectrum of The Point’s dance programmes, attracting participants as young as nine months through to 80 year-olds.

The funding will support the classes programme, talent development in the form of The Point’s dance companies – Hampshire Youth Dance Company and GradLab – as well as the inclusive health and wellbeing programme. The funding comes despite the County Council signalling a reduction in arts funds across the region over the coming years, so The Point is thrilled to retain this crucial support for the next two years.

The Point has also been awarded £1,000 from new regional organisation The Belgae Trust, who will support the Leigh Road venue’s growing Accessible Cinema programme.

Every month The Point welcomes groups and individuals who may have specific needs to enjoy a screening of a classic musical – the lights are on low, people are free to get up and move around, and even sing a long if they wish!

The Trust was impressed by The Point’s commitment to making these events as inclusive as possible and the funds will go towards enhancing the experience for audiences.

The Point’s Artistic Director Sacha Lee said:

‘We are extremely pleased that Hampshire County Council is continuing to fund our wide-ranging dance programme that has the ability to enhance, inspire and transform lives, at a time where public subsidy is under pressure.

‘And, we are thrilled that The Belgae Trust sees us as a venue worth supporting.

‘We are hugely committed to offering the people of Hampshire a high quality, accessible and affordable arts offer and will look forward to welcoming as diverse an audience as possible over the next year.’

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Lead for Wellbeing Cllr Alan Broadhurst said:

‘It’s fantastic news that The Point has received this funding from Hampshire County Council and from The Belgae Trust, especially in a climate in which support is being greatly reduced. It highlights how significant the work of The Point is viewed across the region.

‘As a council, we understand the positive impact programmes such as those being run by The Point can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing which is why we are committed to providing our residents with access to these exciting and inclusive activities and opportunities.’