NI Arts Sector in Sad State

By Kaity Hall, opinion editor

@kaity_hall

“Across the arts council as a whole, optimism is in short supply. In fact, in 16 years we’ve never known morale so low with so many arts organisations facing closure or on the brink of collapse.” These are the first deflating words you will read if you happen to pick up a copy of the programme for The 16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

Although CQAF was able to retain its original funding, many upstanding organisations such as The Lyric Theatre and The Grand Opera House trust have had their funding cut substantially. Worse yet, six organisations including Blackstaff Press have had their funding cut entirely. Despite the fact that 23,000 people wrote to the Northern Ireland Executive voicing their aversion to the proposed cuts of £1.38 million, this has failed to make any kind of impact upon the decision.

Banksy art. Banksy art.

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