EAB / Marking the Millennium East England Arts announces 23 arts projects as part of the Millennium Festival celebrations

Marking the Millennium East England Arts announces 23 arts projects as part of the Millennium Festival celebrations

East England Arts has announced today 23 awards, worth more than £600,000, for a range of artistic activities across the Eastern Region to celebrate the millennium.

The awards form part of the Millennium Festival, the largest programme of celebrations ever mounted in the UK, which will support national, regional and local millennium activities in the year 2000.

These one-off lottery grants are being awarded to artistic projects which bring communities together, create new artistic work and celebrate the identity of a community as we move into the millennium. The variety of artistic activities planned ranges from large-scale community festivals to small-scale arts workshops run by groups of professional artists for young people, local groups and schools.

Many of the projects focus on celebrating a particular place or a community by creating a lasting artistic legacy:

Several projects bring communities together through a major carnival or festival celebration:

Rosy Greenlees, Acting Director of East England Arts, said “We are very pleased to be able to announce these awards. The Millennium Festival will bring the arts and communities together in innovative and dynamic activities to celebrate the dawn of a new era. These celebrations are at the grass roots level and will bring generations together in their communities at this momentous time”.