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Arad Goch receive 1.8m for new home     

Last night (Thursday 17th March) in a reception held as part of the Opening Doors * Wales International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in Aberystwyth, Peter Tyndall, Chief Executive of The Arts Council of Wales announced a £1,846,165 award to Arad Goch Theatre Company. The grant is to enable the company, which specialises in performing to children and young people, to enlarge and develop their Aberystwyth premises to offer vastly improved performance space, additional space and facilities that can be used by members of the community and to provide space to allow other artists and groups to develop new ventures. Financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council has also been secured for this project.

Arad Goch's extension plans include the Old Manse in Bath Street which adjoins their current premises allowing the creation of a unique cultural centre in the middle of town. It is hoped that the new base will allow artists to reach out to the community in different ways and in particular to share their skills with interested amateur groups. Arad Goch is committed to working in a bilingual society and producing work that is relevant to that society.

Jeremy Turner, Artistic Director of Arad Goch is clearly excited by the news: "This is fantastic for us and for Aberystwyth. I feel that it is an endorsement of the work of Arad Goch, an endorsement of the arts outside Cardiff and an endorsement of the importance of arts for young people. This award will ensure that Aberystwyth, already blessed with some great facilities, becomes an even more vibrant place for the arts'.

Peter Tyndall on behalf of The Arts Council of Wales commented: "The Arts Council of Wales are delighted to present Arad Goch Theatre Company with this award. Following a period of severe disruption our theatre in education companies have emerged stronger and even more committed to bringing the arts to young people in Wales and Arad Goch is a fine example. It is fitting that Arad Goch should have a home which reflects the company's reputation for producing high quality arts productions. This lottery funding will provide a massive boost to theatre in education in Aberystwyth and the surrounding area."

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