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Much needed funding for Creative sector in Fife

Mon 26 Oct 20

OnFife has successfully secured £230,000 funding from the Creative Scotland Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, part of the £12.5m relief fund for the arts and cultural sector.

Designed to support performing arts venues that cannot yet re-open because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fund is helping venues with no income coming through their doors to stay afloat, while increasing commissioning and employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners.

OnFife’s four performance arts theatres, Rothes Halls, Carnegie Hall, Adam Smith Theatre and the Lochgelly Centre, have been unable to open due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Michelle Sweeney, OnFife's Director of Creative Development, said: "The fund will provide much-needed financial support for staff retention as well as allowing us to engage with and maintain our audiences. It will also allow us to work with a range of local creatives who have been so badly hit by the impact of Covid. Finally, it gives us the opportunity to invest in digital expertise, which will put us in a better position for survival in what will be a highly digitised post-Covid world."

The first digital programmes supported by the funding took place in October , with Black History Month talks from Mike Delaitre, Musician based in Burntisland, and poet Kukomo Rocks from Cowdenbeath. These can be viewed on the website here.

Next will be an online Halloween programme for adults with storytelling sessions from Paranormal Activity Investigator Leonard Low and traditional Scots stories from Dunfermline-based Storyteller Beverley Bryant and Heather Yule. The Paranormal Activity be available to watch on the website here.

The children’s Halloween programme will include Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) performances from Mexican Theatre Director Andrea Cabrera, and Dance Artist Hayley Earlam which will be shared as part of 2 days of online content through the OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY Facebook Group over the weekend of 31 October and 1 November 2020.

In addition to online content for the public to enjoy, there will be a series of creative professional development opportunities through OnFife’s Create in Fife 2020 network, with commissioning of training webinars and online videos for a range of topics to help creatives adapt and sustain their creative and cultural practice to an increasingly digitised world. The first of this series will be a free online Digital Film Production course delivered by professional filmmaker Gavin Hugh, owner at MidgieBite Media. There will be three Saturday Zoom sessions on the 14, 21 & 28 November. These are available to book now from the OnFife website here. To stay up to date on news and opportunities, keep an eye on the website or follow Create in Fife on Facebook.

Create in Fife 2020 network was started at the beginning of Covid-19 to provide a supportive and collaborative online network for creatives during lockdown. The group holds monthly, virtual networking sessions ‘Creative Conversations’, has a weekly Instagram takeover where members can share their work with new audiences, and a Facebook group for members to share work, ask questions and support each other's practice. The network is mainly for professionals working in the creative sector but is also open to anyone interested in hearing about creative work happening in their area.

Heather Stuart, chief executive, said: “Create in Fife 2020 is an amazing network providing great support and a place for creativity to flourish. Members are sharing what they do and what they love, and making connections in these times when many creatives, by the nature of working alone, could become isolated.”

Anyone in the creative industries who is looking for opportunities for work or learning can get in touch at [email protected] and keep up to date with the latest news by joining the Create in Fife 2020 Facebook group.

For other news and updates from OnFife visit www.onfife.com.

 

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