5:16pm Friday 13th January 2012
By Mark Chandler
A SERIES of festivals across Greenwich will cost the council £580,000 it has been revealed.
Cabinet member for culture and Olympics Councillor John Fahy has approved the grants for organisers of this year’s Greenwich Festivals.
Money will go to Greenwich Theatre for a children’s event, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and part of the Peninsula Festival.
Elsewhere, cash is going to the Greenwich Dance Festival – a project involving English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and National Dance Company Wales in their first joint project.
Other events being funded include a community film competition during the Sundance event, along with Parksfest 2012.
The eye-watering amount of money invested will come from the Olympic Legacy fund and aims to boost the borough’s tourism.
But some arts organisations and events such as the Plumstead Make Merry will look on enviously, having had their own council funding wiped out in the past year.
A year of festivals
April 7 to 22 - Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival - £35,000 from council.
June 21 to 30 - Greenwich and Docklands International Festival - £100,000 from council.
May to September – Peninsula Festival - £50,000 from council.
June to July – Greenwich Dance Festival - up to £65,000 from council.
April 26 to 29 – Greenwich Film Festival - £15,000 from council.
TBC – Greenwich Jazz Festival – up to £10,000 from council.
May to July – Parksfest – up to £40,000 from council.
TBC – Greenwich World Cultural Festival – up to £15,000 from council.
July to August - Greenwich Festivals 2012 Events programme (at Old Royal Naval College) – up to £100,000 from council.
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