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The Horse Hospital campaign to stay open continues

London's alternative music venue starts crowdfunding campaign to fund 2016 music programme

A crowdfunding campaign has been started by the London based art and music venue, The Horse Hospital. Based in Bloomsbury, London, the venue announced in May 2014 that the historic building was to be put up for sale for 2.5 million. After a series of campaigns the venue was listed as a community asset with Camden Council, resulting in an indefinite halt to any future sale of the building. However, the venue is now struggling to pay for its 2016 programme. Talking of the experience, the independent venue state: “This stressful journey has also been financially crippling, with hefty lawyers fees and a series of on going mandatory building works, and as a 100% independent, unfunded organisation now in its 21st year, we have been left with virtually no budget to put towards the programming in 2016 [...] after much thought and careful planning we have devised a scheme to put all this offered kindness and generosity to its best possible use, and now we are proud to announce ‘The 2016 Horse Hospital Fighting Fund and Support Program’. This unique crowd-funding plan offers everyone the opportunity to help continue our fight, and also fund an ambitious program that actually celebrates independent & community forming culture.”

The 2016 programme aims to host events including: a series based around the 1965 Detroit Artist Workshop, a residency by David Burrows and a Simon O'Sullivan's collaborative project Plastique Fantastique, Destroy All Monsters film archive and talks, and more. Their target is set at £30,000 and will help cover artist fees, travel, accommodation and build a fund to assist with any future unforeseen expenditure. You can find more information and donate at the indiegogo campaign website.