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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Receives Second Grant from Culture Recovery Fund

Posted by Holly Cox, 2nd April 2021, 00:01am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, owned and operated by University of Lincoln, has received a grant of £71,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including LPAC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was previously successful in its application for £153,363 last autumn, which helped to safeguard local jobs and support its creative programmes. This further commitment to the centre will allow University of Lincoln to plan for a more sustainable future for LPAC, reviewing its business model in the light of changes to the sector nationally and the needs of audiences locally, whilst providing infrastructure support through its transition. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support in such difficult times. This second grant means that we now have the space to plan for our reopening in a way that will better address the needs of local communities, exploring the long term sustainability of the venue and revitalising our role within the city.”

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Light It In Red

Posted by Holly Cox, 20th March 2021, 21:50pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was lit up red on Friday 20 March for the final time as part of the We Make Events #LightItInRedCampaign, joining 2000 places across 25 countries to raise the plight of the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled professionals serving the events industry. Having previously lit up the outside of the venue, this time our technical team and students studying on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at University of Lincoln shone a new light onto our backstage areas, producing some wonderfully evocative images. Everyone is facing hardship as we collectively deal with the pandemic but the hospitality, events, and cultural industries have been hit particularly hard, with the voices of increasingly vulnerable organisations, small-businesses and freelancers increasingly falling on deaf ears. These normally viable and highly valuable organisations staffed by your friends, relatives, and the person down the street are at risk through no fault of their own and through the #LightItInRed initiative we stand as one with our colleagues across the world to lobby for temporary support until we can stand on our own two feet again. Certainly, some organisations are in a stronger position than others to weather the storm and

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Looking Forward

Posted by Holly Cox, 23rd February 2021, 16:44pm

Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap for reopening, we thought we would update you on Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s plans. Whilst we welcome a timetable with clear milestones that show us the way forward, we do so with an air of cautious optimism. It is clear that social distancing will be in place for indoor events until at least midsummer, but we acknowledge that this is a moveable timescale, dependent on many factors, and that any events scheduled for later in the year may be subject to restrictions that might necessitate further rescheduling. Consequently, as we begin to put events on sale again for 2021, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to a money-back guarantee in the event COVID-related complications so that you can book with confidence. As we begin to reopen, we will be taking time to make sure we do so in a way that keeps audiences as safe as possible. Our plans for the rest of 2021 currently include a summer programme of community-led performances, alongside popular family entertainment and outdoor performance in the city. We then hope to re-open our café and offer a regular programme of activity across all of our spaces from

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Posted by Holly Cox, 9th February 2021, 17:28pm

Here we have outlined any changes to events due to the ongoing pandemic. Please see below a list of events that have either been postponed, alongside them will state their new date, and any events that have been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets for these events and now require a refund, please see further below as to how to proceed with your order. Andy and The Odd Socks – Cancelled (please contact our box office) Jenny Éclair: Sixty (FFS!)– Postponed to Friday 3 September (All tickets have automatically been transferred to the new date) Semeli Papavasileiou Quartet – Cancelled (please contact our box office) Fire and Light Trail – Postponed new date TBD If you are unable to attend the new date or the event you had originally booked for has been cancelled you are of course, entitled to a full refund of the cost of your tickets. If you in a position to donate your pre-paid ticket back to us as a gesture of financial support, we would be hugely appreciative. However, our situation is not unique, and we appreciate that Coronavirus will impact on many areas of the economy, and so refunds will, of course, be available

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Re-opening Update

Posted by Holly Cox, 7th January 2021, 16:33pm

***An update on our re-opening*** Unfortunately, with the implementation of a new national Lockdown we have no choice but to cancel our re-opening plans for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until April 2021 at the earliest. If you have booked tickets for any socially distanced live events scheduled during that time you will be contacted shortly. Our Artistic Director, Craig Morrow, has the following message: “Given the ongoing volatile nature of the pandemic it is with deep regret that we will now have to remain closed until much later in the year. Although we have constantly adapted to the Government’s ever-shifting guidance and timelines for re-opening, putting in systems and infrastructure to enable us to host socially distanced events, whilst devising new creative ways of allowing audiences to experience performance, we have been foiled at every turn and often with only a couple of days notice. This has undoubtedly been frustrating for audiences, but soul-destroying for staff and artists who have worked tirelessly to meet the guidance issued to the cultural sector. Although I completely understand and support the need for such reactive measures it makes it no less devastating. Back in the October 2020 we were lucky enough to receive

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Venue Receives Vital Funding from HM Government

Posted by Holly Cox, 17th October 2020, 08:29am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is delighted to announce that it has received funding from Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund to enable it to continue to deliver its vital work in to 2021. University of Lincoln, which owns and operates this city campus theatre and arts centre, applied for and received over £153,000 to cover a shortfall in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, safeguarding local jobs and allowing the venue to begin to rebuild. Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “I’m ecstatic and hugely relieved by this award as it allows us to support the livelihoods of local people working in a sector that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. It also means we have a safety net to continue to present creative experiences for the people of Lincoln whilst adhering to socially distancing measures, restrictions designed to keep everyone safe but which make producing work very financially challenging. This means more opportunities for outdoor events like our Fire & Light Trail in Lincoln Arboretum on 6 November and our socially distanced Christmas Shows.” —– The Culture Recovery Fund is part of #HereForCulture the HM Government response to coronavirus pandemic: “Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings

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Graduate Theatremakers Invited to Create Socially Distanced Christmas Show 2020

Posted by Holly Cox, 14th September 2020, 10:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is looking to present a magical new winter themed show for young children (3-7) and their families to be staged Christmas 2020. In light of the current uncertainties facing artists and performers, and our position as champions of creativity and learning within the city, we are offering this commissioning opportunity in the first instance to University of Lincoln Graduates – and the commission consists of mentoring and support to create the piece, a guaranteed fee (plus the potential for additional box-office split), alongside set construction, costumes, full technical and marketing support, and lighting and sound design. Designed to be COVID-safe, with socially distanced practices built in from the start, the commissioned artists will produce a show that responds to one of three potential titles: Pies, Puddings & Presents! Snowday! The Snow Hare in Winter The piece will be performed in Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s main auditorium space and will be created and performed by a maximum of two artists. The theatre is currently end-on, but can be reconfigured into other seating arrangements, so long as the overall socially distanced capacity is retained. We are open to other models of presentation that preserve overall ticketed capacities such

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Autumn 2020 Season Cancellation Announced

Posted by Holly Cox, 6th August 2020, 09:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is announcing that, due to the effects of the ongoing global pandemic, it will not be reopening fully until Spring 2021 at the earliest. This means that all events currently on sale will be either postponed or cancelled, and customers contacted to arrange for exchanges or refunds. Craig Morrow, Artistic Director, said: “It is a heart-breaking decision but one that has become increasingly inevitable as we struggle to reconcile our business with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Like most venues, LPAC is entirely reliant on ticket sales and traded income to cover the cost of its operations and it is simply not possible to deliver the same scale of activity this year with social distancing in place. Furthermore, the lack of a time table for re-opening from central Government, combined with very real possibility of having to cancel productions in the event of a second wave or local lockdown as we move into the autumn/winter season, makes long term planning particularly precarious, and the level of investment required to produce events such as PopOut Festival or our family Christmas show, are simply too great a risk.” However, this announcement does not mean that Lincoln Performing

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Wellness Compass River

Wellness Compass Week Six – Cognition Ignition

Posted by Holly Cox, 4th June 2020, 20:25pm

Wellness Compass is participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Six – Cognition Ignition Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing but this week we are adding our own step – reflection. After spending the past 5 weeks exploring how culture and creativity can support our wellbeing we are taking the time to reflect on what positives we’ve found and how we can carry them with us. Wellness Compass is all about having a go and trying things out, so that we have the opportunity to find something that really works for us over the long term. Although this is the last week our staff will be sharing their ideas and insight, our invitation to you, to contribute towards any episode in this series is now open until 1st July whilst our team are furloughed. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to get the ball rolling. What we

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Wellness Compass Week 5 – Contemplation Station

Posted by Holly Cox, 28th May 2020, 15:08pm

Wellness Compass is participatory community project that nurtures wellbeing. It is the people of Lincolnshire’s creative guide to nurturing wellbeing. Keeping our bodies and minds active, healthy and strong, together. Week Five – Contemplation Station – NHS Step 5: Pay Attention to the Present Moment (Mindfulness) Our inspiration for this project has come from the NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing and week five’s theme is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is when we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, our body and the world around us. Practices like meditation can help unlock innovation, for example, whilst a creative activity can quiet noisy thoughts that stops us from finding perspective. Indeed, being in the moment, captivated by a performance, or engaged in a creative task, is a really simple way of reaching mindfulness. Certainly, paying attention to the present can help us to enjoy the things that we might have been taking for granted. And we hope that you will join us in turning to culture and creativity to enjoy the now. To give you some inspiration the LPAC team have shared some examples on YouTube of how they are using culture and creativity to nurture their wellbeing, but this is just to

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