pounds 100m for Millennium Festival

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pounds 100m for Millennium Festival

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced plans for a nationwide Millennium Festival to be funded with pounds 100m of National Lottery funds.

The move follows criticism that current plans for the year 2000 are dominated by the Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Groups will now be able to apply for grants of less than pounds 5,000 or larger sums to fund major events. Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced the plans in Bristol, where he is on the first stage of a countrywide roadshow aimed at highlighting existing regional events and projects.