Extra funding secured for Lincoln art festivals

Lincoln BIG secured £77,900 in funding from the Arts Council for cultural events in the city over the next two years.

The arts festival programme called Lincoln Live is separated into five events: Lincoln Dances (July 20), Lincoln Jazz Week (May 10 to 18), Lincoln Comedy Festival (October 2 to 10), The Lincoln Festival (July 13) and Lincoln Inspired (May 7 to 12).

Workshops will be added to the already popular Lincoln Jazz Week and Lincoln Comedy Fest, plus a few bigger headline acts.

The Lincoln Festival, is a one-day carnival style event taking place around the Brayford, building on last year’s Olympic celebrations.

The newest event is Lincoln Inspired, which will feature performances, art and literature of all genres at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Lincoln BIG chief executive Matt Corrigan said: “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.”

He added: “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.”