Arts Council awards bring joy and tears to Norfolk and north Suffolk

Cash winners and losers among Norfolk and north Suffolk arts organisations are digesting today's eagerly-awaited announcement of Arts Council England funding.

Details released this morning reveal that five Norfolk arts bodies will receive funding totalling more than �5.1m across three years, beginning in 2012.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Writers' Centre and Norwich-based dance company Tilted Productions have all received increased grants.

The British Centre for Literary Translation, based at the UEA, has also been awarded funding, though it is -5.4pc down on its 2011-2012 award after inflation.

But the big loser is The Poetry Trust, based in Halesworth, Suffolk, which does not appear in the Arts Council's list of 110 national organisations sharing a budget which has been cut by almost 15pc.

Under the Arts Council's newly-introduced National Portfolio system, any arts organisation could apply for the latest funding and among new bidders to be disappointed is the Yarmouth-based SeaChange Arts which had hoped for �55,000 but receives nothing.

SeaChange is behind the Out There Festival of Street Arts and circus; the largest dedicated street arts festival in the region which attracts up to 60,000 people over its two-day duration.

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Chief executive Joe Mackintosh said they had made a very strong case for funding and were considering the need for a 'vociferous campaign' for Yarmouth to receive a fairer share of investment.

The 2012-2015 Norfolk allocations are:

* Norfolk and Norwich Festival �850,000 pa, representing a 87pc increase in funding after inflation.

* Norwich Arts Centre �190,000 pa; 41pc increase.

* Tilted Productions �190,000 pa; 41pc increase.

* Writers' Centre, �365,000 pa; 62pc increase.

* British Centre for Literary Translation �128,000 (2012-13), �129,000 (2013-2014), �132,000 (2014-2015) 5pc decrease.