The government in the United Kingdom has announced it will give nearly $2 billion to help support the country's arts industry. The money will go to theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums and other cultural venues. It will help people who have had a hard time during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include actors, writers, composers, make-up artists, costumers and support staff. The UK government said the money represents, "the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture". It added: "The money will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed."
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The UK is world famous for its arts. People across the globe know and love cultural icons like Shakespeare, The Beatles and James Bond. Britain's theatres, museums and galleries attract millions of tourists every year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries, to gigs performed in local basement venues, the UK's cultural industry is the beating heart of this country." The UK's Culture Secretary said: "Our arts and culture are the soul of our nation. They make our country great and are the centre of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries. This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations."