On Thursday 15 July, the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, visited the Buxton International Festival with local MP Robert Largan to watch A Little Night Music at the Buxton Opera House.
Robert helped secure long-term prospects of the Buxton Opera House and International Festival by lobbying the Government to provide financial support worth nearly £1 million through the Culture Recovery Fund.
The £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund has helped the UK’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries weather the impact of the pandemic.
Over 3,000 organisations have benefitted from the fund, supporting more than 75,000 jobs, with many more freelancers and jobs in vital supply chain industries also profiting.
A Little Night Music has received rave reviews in many national newspapers. Paul Kerryson, winner of Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre at the 2014 UK Theatre Awards and Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House, directed the production.
Buxton International Festival is running until 25 July. Find out more information online at: buxtonfestival.co.uk.
Robert Largan MP commented:
"It was fantastic to welcome Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, to the Buxton International Festival.
"It’s brilliant that the festival is happening this year and I am delighted to see it doing so well, which is a big boost for local businesses and our arts and culture too.
“It was great to be able to show off one of the High Peak’s most treasured assets and to lobby the Minister on more support and investment for our area.
“It was also lovely to catch a performance of A Little Night Music, a fantastic locally-led production. Please do see a show and support the town if you can.”