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Striking a pose for South Asian dance and music in Hampshire

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The dancers and musicians who bring all the colour and spectacle of South Asian culture to schools and communities across Hampshire are being given a helping hand to put themselves on a firmer footing.

Kala the Arts has been awarded a one-off grant of £3,500 from Hampshire County Council. This will enable them to appoint a project coordinator to support the development of income generating opportunities and train volunteers. It will build on their new partnership project with Basingstoke College of Technology where they are now based.

At his decision day on Thursday 15 May, Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, awarded the grant from a fund that is specifically aimed at helping arts organisations to achieve efficiencies and reduce their on-going dependency on grant funding.

Cllr Chapman said: "Kala the Art's community programme promotes diversity through vibrant workshops for young and old, some of whom who have never danced, sung or played a musical instrument in their lives. I'm pleased to be able to give them some support to be used to develop their service. This complements our work in many ways and the investment we make that supports the wider economic, cultural and social wellbeing for Hampshire residents and all the benefits that brings.

"It is important in the current economic climate that organisations are helped to become self sustaining and less dependent on us for funding, particularly as financial pressures continue and the County Council needs to make significant cuts due to loss of Government grant. I hope that through this grant to help them develop their fundraising and marketing, Kala will be able to continue to enable many more Hampshire residents to enjoy and learn from their wonderful classes and performances."

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