New Birmingham Dance Hub gets £5m Arts Council funding

Birmingham Hippodrome
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Arts Council England has awarded £5 million in funding to develop a new dance hub in Birmingham.

Over the next three years, £3 million will be invested to develop production and administrative space for dance artists and £2 million will be used to support dance activity.

The new hub is to be developed at the Birmingham Hippodrome, subject to a study looking into the feasibility of the location.

Plans for the facility include a large studio, office spaces and meeting rooms.

Peter Knott, Midlands area director at Arts Council England, said: “As the nation’s developer of arts and culture, we want to invest in bold schemes.

“The Birmingham Dance Hub promises to be just that, enticing audiences and enhancing the city’s reputation.”

The money was originally proposed by George Osborne, former chancellor, as part of the 2015 Autumn statement.