WILTSHIRE Creative’s venues in Salisbury were bathed in red light as part of the Light It In Red campaign.

The campaign aims to bring the live events industry together in a show of solidarity.

This week marked a year since Wiltshire Creative first had to close the doors of Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Arts Centre due to Covid-19.

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Helen Taylor, of Wiltshire Creative, said: “As we mark 12 months since our stages and spaces closed for the first time, it’s a moment to reflect on this period of hardship for both the creative arts industry and our community as a whole.

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"Our tenacious team continue to work hard behind the scenes to shift our focus towards re-opening and recovery, but even though our doors remain shut for now, it’s important to remember that we have never stopped delivering cultural opportunities to the community throughout this whole period - craft bags to families with food parcels, free outdoor theatre in the summer, clay pick-up points, Christmas cheer with ‘Little Robin Redbreast’, many online watch from home experiences and much more.

"Giving back to our community and bringing a spark of joy to our audiences in these tough times is at the heart of everything we do.”

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Fundraising co-ordinator Justine Holmes added: “It also feels an important time to recognise the hugely generous donations from our loyal audiences.

"The kindness that has sprung from this pandemic is so vital in supporting our creative future. We hope people continue this generosity and support going forward as there is still a hard mountain to climb to recover from over a year of such reduced income.”

Wiltshire Creative is looking ahead and has an exciting summer season planned including a free outdoor programme of socially distanced performances.

Celebrations start with the return of City Encounters - a free outdoor programme of socially distanced performances in collaboration with Without Walls over the May bank holiday weekend.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will present an outdoor performance of Shakespeare in Rack Close, part of the Cathedral Close in June.

And a summer season of performances from visiting artists will mark the re-opening Salisbury Playhouse.

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