Update dated 30 Apr 2021
A message from Peter Millican OBE, Executive Chair, Kings Place
Warm greetings to our audience and the whole Kings Place community.
It’s been a long, hard winter, leavened by a vibrant online programme. Alongside concerts to cherish, we are proud to have collaborated on the first online Jewish Book Week festival which exceeded all expectations. The support and engagement of our online audience, and those of you who have bought tickets to future events, have given us the inspiration to continue. Thank you.
Just before Easter, we were delighted to learn that we had received a second Culture Recovery Grant to help us reopen in May. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the DCMS and Arts Council England once again for their recognition and vital support at this critical time.
However, we still face many challenges. All business events, which help to subsidise the arts charity, have been suspended now for more than a year. While there is now a prospect of some returning by the autumn, that key income stream will remain severely diminished for this next financial year. Innovating a new streaming platform has been thrilling, but producing high quality shows is expensive, and online tickets necessarily low-cost. As an independent venue, we remain in a fragile position, and will continue to need more support to plan a future.
We are very excited by the programme we have to offer you this summer, especially those events created for London Unwrapped, sounds of a migrant city. Offering platforms to our Artistic Associates, talented freelance performers and ensembles is at the heart of our work.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our Covid-safe venue for socially-distanced events from 17 May and to continuing our relationship with you online.
Wishing you all good health