Lincoln wins £77,900 to boost arts and entertainment
Lincoln's cultural scene is poised to sparkle and create more unique opportunities for aspiring performers thanks to Lincoln BIG's success in winning £77,900.
Funding from the Arts Council will see an exciting high quality arts festival programme called Lincoln Live over the next two years.
The money will fund five fantastic events designed to offer great entertainment, give people the chance to take part in professional workshops and get involved in volunteering opportunities.
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The events are Lincoln Dances, Lincoln Jazz Week, Lincoln Comedy Festival, The Lincoln Festival and Lincoln Inspired.
One of the highlights will be The Lincoln Festival – a one-day extravaganza which takes place in the city centre on July 13, focusing heavily on the Brayford Waterfront and building on last year's Olympic celebrations.
Lincoln BIG chief executive Matt Corrigan said: "The Lincoln Live project will build on our established events programme as well as developing new activity to reach out to existing and potential audiences.
"With funding from the Arts Council, Lincoln Live will raise the quality of the artistic experience, by introducing new artists that audiences would not otherwise see in the East Midlands.
"A workshop programme, aimed at nurturing local talent and developing the skills of local artists through a mentoring programme promoting the collaboration between local performers and high profile regional, national and international artists, is central to the programme.
"We will also be building on Lincoln BIG's existing successful volunteer and intern programme and collaborating with Higher Education and Further Education providers to expand our database of potential volunteers, their available skills and their specific interest in the arts."
Arts Council funding will support Lincoln Dances (July 20), which aims to showcase professional and community talent together on the same stages, by providing more workshops and opportunities for volunteers and graduates to increase their skills.
Backing will also raise the bar for Lincoln Jazz Week (May 10 to 18), which this year welcomes two unmissable headline acts – Georgie Fame & Sons and Claire Martin and The Montpellier Cello Quartet.
Jazz Week will also include mentoring-style workshops where local musicians can work alongside professional musicians.
Stand-Up comedy workshops will add an extra dimension to the highly popular Lincoln Comedy Fest (October 2 to 10).
A number of professional comedians will be on hand to offer tips to budding newcomers and encourage them to polish skills, through a workshop programme culminating in live performances.
The weekly workshops start on Sept 2. Funding for The Lincoln Festival on July 13 will allow the city to build on the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad carnival and Torch Relay in 2012, when 10,000 people attended the Follow the Light Parade which Mahogany – a group of multi-disciplinary artists – created on the Brayford Waterfront.
Mahogany will return to work with local schools and community groups to create a carnival, costumes and choreography.
Finally, the funding will spark the launch of Lincoln Inspired – a new not-for-profit festival featuring performance, art and literature spanning all arts genres. Based at Lincoln Drill Hall and taking place (May 7 to 12), it aims to celebrate creativity, communities and sustainability.