On Friday, the British government announced that it will spend around 400 million pounds (470 million euros, 550 million dollars) to reopen 2,700 cultural organizations affected by the pandemic’s blockade, such as the Glastonbury Festival.
The Ministry of Culture said in a statement that this aid comes from the Culture Protection Fund, which was urgently mobilized by the government for the cultural sector and is valued at 1570 million pounds (1850 million euros, 2175 million dollars).
Culture Minister Oliver Dowden confirmed that this fund has already helped “thousands of cultural heritage preservation organizations across the country to survive the biggest crisis they have faced”.
He added, “We are now on their side and they are preparing to welcome the public again.”
According to the government’s roadmap to get out of confinement, museums, theaters and cinemas will not reopen until May 17 at the earliest.
New aid recipients include the National Football Museum in Manchester, the London Transport Museum, independent cinemas and the Glastonbury Festival.
The festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, but the organizers announced a major concert on May 22, without an audience but live broadcast, with several performers such as Coldplay.
Damon Albarn, Gurga Smith, Heim Wolf Alice, and Michael Kiwanuka will be other participants in this hypothetical five-hour show, which is recorded at the venue where this festival is usually held in southwest England, and which usually welcomes more than 200,000 people.
Cultural venues are closed in the United Kingdom. The country, hit hard by the epidemic with nearly 127,000 deaths, began gradually emerging from months of restrictions in March, after a drop in cases, hospitalizations and deaths thanks to confinement and a vaccination campaign.
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