The Poly in Falmouth and the team behind Porthleven Food Festival have been given major funding boosts while Cornish theatre company Kneehigh has received a quarter of a million pounds in the second round of emergency funding.

More than half a million has gone to Cornish organisations alone - with just under half of it going to Kneehigh Theatre Trust.

The international touring theatre company that is based out of Truro and Gorran Haven has received £249,833 from the Culture Recovery Fund, while The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Ltd in Falmouth - better known as The Poly - has been given £79,060.

Other funds have gone to Truro and Porthleven-based ILOW HQ Ltd, which puts on independent food and music festivals throughout Cornwall, including joint organisation of Porthleven Food Festival alongside the not-for-profit community group that founded the event. It received £157,605 following a series of cancelled events this year due to the pandemic.

The final group receiving money in Cornwall in this latest stage is Calstock Arts, getting £52,164.

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Kneenigh plans to use the money to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by staging safe, outdoor artistic experiences, including a walk-through exhibition and performances by firelight.

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, CEO at Kneehigh Theatre, said: “The overnight loss of box office income and international touring placed our company into a precariously vulnerable position.

"Throughout the last six months we have continued to create, releasing our first film, The Neon Shadow, launching new stories on our Walk With Me app, and setting creative challenges to thousands online in our Windows to the World project.

"Securing Cultural Recovery Funding will now enable Kneehigh to reimagine its operating model, reignite its creativity and prepare the company to present its work in front of live audiences once again - and we can't wait.”

The announcement of the latest funds was made by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England today, with a further 588 cultural and creative organisations nationally receiving a share of £76 million distributed by the Arts Council.

Also receiving funds has been Shangri-La Glastonbury Ltd in Somerset - the renowned contemporary arts producers behind one of the most celebrated areas of Glastonbury Festival that has hosted the likes of Lady Gaga, Madness and Scissor Sisters, alongside the ShangrilART online gallery and shop all year round - getting £61,059.

The funding distributed today follows £257 million awarded to 1,385 organisations on Monday, with further announcements coming soon on applicants for grants of over £1million.