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More than £36,000 of government cash has been awarded to a group which organises fetish nights for "marginalised communities".

Taxpayers cash from the Culture Recovery Fund, which aims to help the arts survive the coronavirus pandemic, has been awarded to Unbennant in East London.

The group runs Klub Verboten, which holds events where the dress code is listed as "fetish" – with most now sold out until September.

They are also hosting a "tears for beers" nights – listed as a "social event aimed at the curious ones" who aren't yet members.

Guests are invited to attend with "no particular dress code", as the event reads: "Cum & meat some other members, put the feelers out and drop those questions that tickle your mind [sic]. Eventually, someone might approach you to invite you to join the inner circles outside the online application process."

Klub Verboten celebrated Unbennant receiving more than £36,000 in government funding by posting on social media.

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The group organises fetish nights
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The post read: "The Arts Council England just sent us into subspace by recognising Verboten's cultural significance by approving our Culture Recovery Fund application.

"After one year without any financial support these news rescued us from going bust. So big hugs to you all! [sic]"

The Arts Council of England handed out the cash, with CEO Darren Henley saying the coronavirus lockdowns had an immediately catastrophic effect on the culture sector.

He said: "No audience, no places to gather, perform or exhibit. Empty high streets, shuttered theatres, galleries, and museums.

"And for the freelancers who are the lifeblood of the arts – an overnight loss of income.

The group shared the news online

"The vast majority of the culture and entertainment world has no big reserves to fall back on – it relies on selling what it makes in real time, though backed thankfully in many cases by public investment."

He added: "Hope for the future came via cash and loan support from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden – the biggest single investment in culture in our history.

"The day after the first lockdown was announced the Arts Council had committed £160 million to individuals and organisations on the brink of collapse.

"But we knew much more was needed, so the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund has been a critical lifeline."

Unbennant was handed £36,235 in the grants that were awarded in April.