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The Arts Council of Wales have earmarked £20,000 to help organisations in the most disadvantaged wards in Wales to host high quality professional performances in local buildings at hugely discounted prices.

This new targeted funding will enable ACW to bring the focus of the 'Night Out' scheme back to its starting point in Wales' most disadvantaged communities. The 'Night Out' partnership with the government has been enriching community life with the performing arts since 1980, and this special funding for Communities First Areas is excellent news.

Community Touring manager John Prior said -

"The 'Night Out' scheme has put choice and buying power into the hands of local organisations, so that people who are unlikely for whatever reason to make their way to theatres or concert halls, can enjoy what our wonderful actors, singers, dancers and musicians have to offer, in the familiar local buildings that they use day by day"

This new use of Assembly Government funding means that shows in Communities First Areas will only be charged £150, instead of the standard £265 to host an evening of theatre or music. Also arrangements with County Councils in Wales help insulate local groups from losing money when they host events.

The 'Night Out' scheme has always sought to make performances as inexpensive as possible for people who have very little spare personal income. Over the years rising prices have made it increasingly difficult for our local authority partners, and we are glad to be able to assist them.

John Prior is now urgently seeking contact with the co-ordinators of Communities First areas throughout Wales to explain exactly how they can bring the benefits of this funding to the people in their areas.
"If we all move quickly we could have events planned and booked in from September onwards. I can be contacted on 029 20 376540 or by e-mail on enquiry@nightout.org.uk. You can also visit our website on www.nightout.org.uk "

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"Night Out" has been helping community organisations to bring professional performers into rural village halls and urban community buildings since 1980. It started life in the South Wales Valleys as an initiative of the then South East Wales Arts Association, and has been an all-Wales operation since the Regional Arts Associations and the ACW were merged in the late nineties.

In 2003-4, 187 organisations throughout Wales used the scheme to host over 370 shows that involved 143 different performing groups from all over the UK and beyond; puppeteers, concert pianists, dancers, folk and classical singers and musicians, drama companies, clowns, jazz groups and more.

These artists visited a wide diversity of organisations ranging from Sure-Start mother and toddler groups and Youth Clubs, to remote rural village halls, back-rooms of pubs, churches, and even some community-staffed arts centres. The scheme is open to any bona-fide non-commercial community organisation (not in receipt of ACW presentation funds) that can provide a venue suitable for the event in question.

Website www.nightout.org.uk contains full description of the scheme plus database of suggested performers
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