Update dated 19/02/21
A message from Peter Millican OBE, Executive Chair, Kings Place
Warm greetings to our audience and the whole Kings Place community,
We were so sad to find ourselves in lockdown at the beginning of the year, when we would normally open our new Unwrapped programme with an exciting launch event. I’m delighted that the team have made possible an online programme and transformed Jewish Book Week into a major digital event.
Our autumn reopening was made possible by the support of our audiences, and a significant grant from the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund. It was a huge vote of confidence in the work we do at Kings Place, and the venue’s key role in a wide network of performers, arts charities and audiences. We want to thank the DCMS and Arts Council England for their recognition and vital support at this critical time.
However, the pandemic has hit us even harder this year, and is far from over. Not only are our halls closed, but our business events, which help to subsidise the arts charity, have been suspended now for eleven months. Until a vaccine is fully rolled out there is little prospect of a return to sustainable operations.
Innovating a new streaming platform has been thrilling, but producing high quality shows is expensive, and online tickets necessarily low-cost. It’s vitally important we support our artistic partners, freelance musicians and performers through this difficult time. They are the bedrock of the rich, artistic culture for which this country is renowned. As a self-funded venue, we remain in a fragile position, and will continue to need more support to plan a future.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kings Place via our KPlayer platform, and into the building itself in the months to come,
Wishing you all good health