2Funky receives Arts Council's Elevate funding

2Funky receives Arts Council's Elevate funding

2Funky Arts receives funding for the next two years...

Almost £200,000 awarded to two diverse Leicester cultural organisations

Arts Council England is investing £195,938 of National Lottery funding into two diverse-led organisations in Leicester, aiming to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector.

The funding is part of the Arts Council’s Elevate programme, developed to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector by strengthening the resilience of diverse-led organisations. This round of Elevate sought to specifically address the under-representation of people with disabilities and people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds across the sector, and both Leicester organisations receiving funding are BME and/or Disability-led.


Through Elevate, £95,938 has been awarded to 2Funky Arts (2FA) - a social enterprise which champions excellence in music and arts of Black origin; particularly African-Caribbean and urban arts. 2FA delivers creative learning programmes, an annual festival at 2Funky Music Café, and projects exploring social issues, working regularly with disadvantaged communities.


With Elevate funding, 2FA will boost resilience by training, developing and expanding its board and team, build digital infrastructure, and create strategic partnerships with local and regional arts organisations.


£100,000 has been awarded to Inspirate- a social enterprise that produces festivals in Leicester, such as An Indian Summer, which transforms the city with an array of South Asian culture, film, food, theatre, music, dance, talks, workshops and art in celebration of Indian culture and heritage.

Inspirate will use Elevate to increase its capacity and resilience, and develop as an organisation and build on its past successes.


PeterKnott, Area director at Arts Council England said: “Supporting and nurturing diverse talent is crucial to our work.  Through Elevate we are investing in an exciting pipeline of diverse organisations, that make a vital contribution to the country’s cultural provision, and give a voice to those that are sometimes not heard.

“Arts and culture play an important role in making Leicester a great place to live, work, study and visit – and I’m really pleased that our Elevate funding is helping to create a more inclusive cultural sector which produces work relevant to people from all communities and backgrounds.”


2Funky Arts Director Vijay Mistry said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing this funding. Over two years, this will help us to increase and enhance our artistic offer for local artists, young people, diverse communities and the wider regional arts sector.”


ArtsCouncil England is investing £899,997 of National Lottery funding into nine diverse-led organisations across the Midlands, including in Birmingham and Coventry.

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