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£100,00 funding boost for Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

MOLD’S Clwyd Theatr Cymru has seen its funding increased by more than £100,000 – despite widespread cuts hitting hard across the county.

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) announced last week that funding for Clwyd Theatr Cymru would increase by 6% from £1.5m to £1.6m.

The Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People programme will benefit from an increase of £11,000 in funding.

Theatre chairwoman Cllr Hilary Isherwood said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to continue the variety and quality of production for which we are renowned, and to plan for the future.”

Clwyd Theatr Cymru was among many of the 71 organisations supported by the ACW to see a rise in revenue funding.

This is despite a 4% cut in funding from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).

Chairman of ACW, Dai Smith, said: “Government funding cuts are never welcome.

“But given the overall economic climate, the Welsh government’s support for the arts has been staunch and committed.”

Earlier this year ACW announced that it would stop funding for 32 groups after carrying out an investment review.

Mr Smith said: “Eighteen months ago we announced a fundamental review of the publicly funded arts in Wales.

“Our reason was simple. Too many of Wales’s best arts organisations were clinging on financially by their fingertips, starved of the resources that they needed to fulfil their creative potential.

“Our goal was equally straightforward – to reach the end of this process with a portfolio of revenue-funded organisations who were artistically vibrant, financially durable and with a level of investment that will enable them to thrive.”