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Contemporary circus Crying Out Loud among recipients of £1.6m Arts Council grants

Circa Tsuica, a company Crying Out Loud plans to work with using the funding. Photo: Vincent Beaume Circa Tsuica, a company Crying Out Loud plans to work with using the funding. Photo: Vincent Beaume
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A contemporary circus producer is among three organisations selected to collectively receive more than £1.6 million funding from Arts Council England.

London-based Crying Out Loud will be awarded £592,337 for a series of outdoor events as part of ACE’s National Lottery-funded Ambition for Excellence programme, which aims to stimulate and support ambition in the arts.

Coinciding with UK-wide programme Circus250, a celebration of 250 years since the founding of the world’s first modern circus, the funding will allow Crying Out Loud to explore new partnerships and tour an international cast of musical acrobats.

Arts organisation Multistory, based in Sandwell in the Midlands, has been awarded £417,954 to host Blast!, a six-month arts festival celebrating the local area.

ACE has also selected music events producer Brighter Sound, based in Manchester, to receive £595,083 to deliver a programme to support and inspire female musicians.

The project, called Both Sides Now, will feature residencies, resources, commissions and development opportunities, with the support of role models including Beth Orton and Meklit Hadero. It will be delivered in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, nationally and internationally.

Alison Clark, national director and combined arts and programme lead for Ambition for Excellence, said: “This round of awards will support brilliant and ambitious arts projects that will have a significant impact on artists, places and audiences.

“In particular it will provide exceptional opportunities for emerging and established artists to make work in new places or in new formats, often with international partners.”

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