Utopia Theatre Limited receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Utopia Theatre Ltd. Has Been Awarded £69,634 As Part Of The Government’s £1.57 Billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) To Help Face The Challenges Of The Coronavirus Pandemic And To Ensure They Have A Sustainable Future, The Culture Secretary Has Announced Today.

Utopia Theatre Ltd. Is One Of 1,385 Cultural And Creative Organisations Across The Country Receiving Urgently Needed Support. £257 Million Of Investment Has Been Announced Today As Part Of The Very First Round Of The Culture Recovery Fund Grants Programme Being Administered By Arts Council England. Further Rounds Of Funding In The Cultural And Heritage Sector Are Due To Be Announced Over The Coming Weeks.

Utopia Theatre Ltd. Has Established Its Reputation As A Leading African Theatre Company Based In Sheffield, Known For Creating And Delivering High-Quality Cross-Cultural Content. We Make Work For Audiences That Are Diverse In Race, Religion, Gender And Social-Economic Backgrounds. The Funding Will Ensure We Can Re-Open, Engage With Our Audiences Through Live Theatre And Online Classes.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden Said:

“This Funding Is A Vital Boost For The Theatres, Music Venues, Museums, And Cultural Organisations That Form The Soul Of Our Nation. It Will Protect These Special Places, Save Jobs And Help The Culture Sector’s Recovery. 

“These Places And Projects Are Cultural Beacons The Length And Breadth Of The Country. This Unprecedented Investment In The Arts Is Proof This Government Is Here For Culture, With Further Support To Come In The Days And Weeks Ahead So That The Culture Sector Can Bounce Back Strongly.”


Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, Said:

“Theatres, Museums, Galleries, Dance Companies, And Music Venues Bring Joy To People And Life To Our Cities, Towns, And Villages. This Life-Changing Funding Will Save Thousands Of Cultural Spaces Loved By Local Communities And International Audiences. Further Funding Is Still To Be Announced And We Are Working Hard To Support Our Sector During These Challenging Times.”


Founder And Creative Director, Mojisola Elufowoju Said:

I Feel So Blessed For Utopia Theatre Ltd. To Have Been Awarded This Grant.
Since 16th March 2020, Every Budget Line Of Income Stream Has Ceased And Our Only Income Had Been From ACE Emergency Funding And Individual Donations From Our Audiences.

With This Vital Funding, We Are Now Able To Move Forward With Creating Two Streams (Subsidised/Monetised) Of Activities For Our Audience. Employing The World’s Best African Theatre Practitioners To Create Content For An Online Program, Thereby Leading To A Sustainable Future. 

We Want To Start To Build Confidence In Our Audience And Freelancers So We Can Remain Financially Viable.


Arts Council England Is The National Development Agency For Creativity And Culture. We Have Set Out Our Strategic Vision In Let’s Create That By 2030 We Want England To Be A Country In Which The Creativity Of Each Of Us Is Valued And Given The Chance To Flourish And Where Everyone Of Us Has Access To A Remarkable Range Of High Quality Cultural Experiences. We Invest Public Money From Government And The National Lottery To Help Support The Sector And To Deliver This Vision. Www.Artscouncil.Org.Uk


Following The Covid-19 Crisis, The Arts Council Developed A £160 Million Emergency Response Package, With Nearly 90% Coming From The National Lottery, For Organisations And Individuals Needing Support. We Are Also One Of Several Bodies Administering The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund And Unprecedented Support Package Of £1.57 Billion For The Culture And Heritage Sector. Find Out More At Www.Artscouncil.Org.Uk/Covid19