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Diverse City awarded Arts Council NPO


Diverse City are delighted to announce we have been awarded NPO funding from Arts Council England.

The investment will support a 4 year programme, which aims to remove participation barriers in the arts. This funding will also support Extraordinary Bodies circus company, with our mission to make Circus For Every Body!

We will be working with people all over the UK, and with venues such as National Theatre, Lighthouse Poole and Bristol Old Vic, to ensure that diverse voices, stories and talents are heard and seen as central to everybody’s artistic life.


“Diverse City are a nationally significant champion of inclusive arts practice
and have an exceptional track record reflecting the voices of marginalised communities.”
Phil Gibby, Area Director South West, Arts Council England

“This investment means that we join the Arts Council’s ‘National Portfolio’
and that more people will get to take part in extraordinary, high quality performance:
more people from different backgrounds; more people with different identities.
We want live performance to show our society as it actually is – diverse, fascinating and full of talent”

Claire Hodgson, Joint-Artistic Director, Diverse City

“This marks a sea change for Diverse City…
Much work to be done and responsibility to be taken, but alongside our partners
– old, new and yet to be found – we can make the changes we have advocated for,
started and are desperately needed in the sector and beyond.”

Jamie Beddard, Joint-Artistic Director, Diverse City


Visit the Arts Council’s website to find out about the ‘National Portfolio’ and all the other successful organisations awarded NPO funding.

Photography credit: ©Dom Moore

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