Arts & Culture

English National Opera receives extra ACE funding and more time to relocate 

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The English National Opera (ENO) is set to receive an extra grant worth £24m (€28m/$31m) from Arts Council England (ACE) between April 2024 and March 2026, as well as more time to leave London. 

Last year, it was revealed that the ENO had lost a large chunk of its ACE funding and would be forced to move outside of the English capital.

The new deadline for moving is March 2029, three years later than originally planned. Before the move, the ENO will develop an artistic programme within its new city, while transitioning to a new business model to also deliver a “substantial” opera season in London each year.

In a joint statement, the organisations said: “The longer timeframe will mean more stability, allow for consultation with staff, more work in London and more time for the ENO to develop partnerships in the new city, and to establish a programme there.”

The English National Opera is also set to reveal the location of the new city in December, later this year.

According to the report from the Guardian, the ENO has whittled down potential cities to five.