Newport Live are once again grateful to Arts Council of Wales for funding to support The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, helping to secure the future of its activity and retain staff.

Newport Live received £250,000 from the Cultural Recovery Fund Round 2, delivered jointly by the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales and local authorities, to help the sector during these unprecedented times. This vital funding, which covers the period from March to September 21, has helped support essential business costs to allow the theatre to continue to inspire people across Newport and build for the future.

During this time, The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre has been able to re-open its doors and continued to delight customers and audiences, helping them to get creative, artistic and have fun. With support from additional Summer of Fun funding this included free arts activity over the summer for young people as part of its Splashtonbury festival with workshops, craft and live music including free performances of Theatr Iolo’s Baby, Bird and Bee.

Live performances, cinema screenings and workshops have now also returned with favourites including Sinfonia Cymru, Live Music Now, Hijinx, Ballet Cymru and National Theatre Wales visiting the theatre over the coming months.

The Riverfront’s Arts Development team have worked with schools and local artists including Tinshed Theatre, Inside Out Cymru and Reality Theatre to provide workshops and other live experiences for adults and young people. The investment into their filming equipment has supported live streaming of performances from local schools and National Theatre Wales’ Possible.

Andrea Ovey, Director of Business Development for Newport Live who are responsible for running The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre said “We are once again extremely grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for this funding. We are thrilled that we have finally been able to re-open The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre and it is a pleasure to see so many smiling faces returning and enjoying taking part in fun, creative activities.”

The funding comes following a previous successful application from Newport Live to the Arts Council of Wales’ Stabilisation fund for Organisations and Cultural Recovery Fund Round 1 to support the theatre during the pandemic.

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Newport Live is a non-profit distribution organisation and charity which delivers fun, inclusive and accessible arts and sports programmes in our community for children, families, schools, sports clubs and local groups across the city. You can find out more about how you can support The Riverfront and Newport Live here: