Scotland

Arts and culture bodies get 'big freeze' funding

Image caption Many theatres struggled during a normally busy period

Arts and cultural bodies that suffered financial loss because of freezing conditions during the winter have been given extra funding.

Theatres, museums and galleries will share £362,000 to make up for lost ticket sales and poor attendances.

Creative Scotland was assigned to £250,000 of the government money to assist theatres.

The National Library of Scotland is to get £40,000 towards the cost of keeping premises ice-free and repairing damage.

There is also £10,000 for Royal Scottish National Orchestra, £8,000 for Scottish Chamber Orchestra and £30,000 for Scottish Ballet.

The Scottish Mining Museum receives £4,000 while the National Galleries of Scotland gets £20,000.

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: "The big freeze hit the arts in Scotland very hard, and at the worst possible time. December is normally a highlight of the cultural calendar and one of the peak times for performances and bookings.

"Audiences had to battle through snow and ice to attend performances, while galleries and museums struggled to ensure access to and adequate heating for their collections.

"Several of the national performing companies suffered greatly reduced ticket sales, while the National Galleries and National Library incurred exceptionally high costs for snow clearance around their premises, extra heating and repairing damage to buildings caused by the severe weather.

"Audience numbers at many smaller local theatres were also badly affected, particularly by cancellations of school block bookings, at what is normally their busiest season."

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