Performance group to be handed keys to Millfield as council offloads loss-making arts complex

Platinum Performing Arts won a bidding process for Millfield Arts Centre after the council revealed it was losing £600k per year

Millfield Theatre in Silver Street, Edmonton
Millfield Theatre in Silver Street, Edmonton

Enfield Council’s cabinet has agreed to lease Millfield Arts Centre to Platinum Performing Arts.

The council claims the move will ensure both Millfield House and Millfield Theatre – which make up the arts complex in Silver Street, Edmonton – will continue to serve the local community, “offering a diverse range of arts and performance activities”.

It had previously been revealed that the arts complex was losing the council £600,000 a year.

Platinum Performing Arts is already based at Millfield House and regularly puts on shows at the theatre. It also played a significant role in running the site during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The proposal to award the lease to Platinum Performing Arts was discussed and agreed by the council’s cabinet last week.

Chinelo Anyanw, the council’s cabinet member for public spaces, culture and local economy, said: “Platinum Performing Arts, an established presence at the site since 2020, is uniquely positioned to lead the Millfield Arts Centre into a new era.

“Their successful bid emphasises a commitment to maintaining the theatre and arts centre as a vibrant hub for cultural and community engagement.”

The council says the partnership with Platinum aligns with its strategic objectives to create opportunities for young people and ensure cultural participation in Edmonton.

Platinum’s vision for Millfield Arts Centre is said to include “an inspiring mix of performances, workshops, classes, and community activities, contributing to the borough’s cultural infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life for residents”.

The current theatre programme includes original performances, pantomime, comedy, cabaret and karaoke. The theatre also offers programming for local communities including the Greek Arts Festival, Bulgarian Folk and Traditions Event and London Turkish Speakers Theatre Festival.

Cllr Anyanwu added: “By entrusting the management of the Millfield Arts Centre to Platinum Performing Arts, Enfield Council reaffirms its dedication to community wellbeing. The collaboration promises to unlock new possibilities for cultural participation and creative expression, ensuring a bright future for the arts in Enfield.”

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