Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Addthis

Mayor welcomes the reopening of the borough's arts and cultural businesses

Judith Kilvington CEO and Mayor John Biggs at Rich Mix entrance resize

Judith Kilvington, CEO, and Mayor John Biggs at Rich Mix entrance

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs joined Rich Mix CEO Judith Kilvington, staff and customers for the long-awaited re-opening of their cinema.

After a year like no other for the arts and cultural industries, everyone at Rich Mix was incredibly excited to welcome their audiences back and to share in culture and creativity once again.

To celebrate the return of the big screen, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs visited the cultural arts hub in Bethan Green Road ahead of their first showing of Oscar winning film Minari at 5.45pm on Friday 21 May.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “The return of our cultural businesses is very welcome news. Tower Hamlets has some of the best arts and cultural organisations in London, and they’ve had a particularly hard time not being able to reopen their doors until now. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve done all we can to support our businesses with advice, information, signposting, and funding. We’ve provided more than £144m in grant funding, over £103m in business rates relief and will continue to support local businesses as they rebuild and bounce back after the crisis. It’s a pleasure to be at the reopening of Rich Mix and I welcome their cautious approach to reopening safely, and wish them all the best.”

Judith Kilvington, Rich Mix CEO, said: “On behalf of the whole Rich Mix team, we’d like to thank Mayor John Biggs for visiting us as we reopen our doors after what has been a tumultuous year for us all. Whilst we’ve managed to offer free creative and wellbeing sessions online for our community during our closure, nothing replaces the feeling of a building buzzing with activity and meeting our audiences and participants in person. We’re taking steps to open up cautiously, prioritising the safety of our team and visitors, with the vision that we will get back to being that hub of culture and creativity once more. I know those visiting us in these first few weeks will have even more of a Rich Mix welcome than usual - your support means a huge amount.”

The Council has a dedicated enterprise team working to support the local business community. The team works in partnership with local and national agencies to provide businesses with relevant training, advice on subjects such as business planning, marketing, raising finance and becoming fit to supply.

Rich Mix’s cinema programme is now online and ready for bookings. Next week Rich Mix will be hosting the UK Asian Film Festival, an annual celebration championing South Asian films and supporting pioneering artists and auteurs. Their programme of nine films kicks off on Thursday 27 May.

To find out more about how services offered to businesses, including coronavirus support, advice and information, go to www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/business

Posted on Monday 24th May 2021