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Council ‘increased its contribution to arts’ in last 12 months

Review into Council's arts and cultural events began this month

Council say they have increased its contribution to the arts in the last financial year – despite fears to the contrary.

For the first time in five years, Armagh did not mark the country-wide Culture Night initiative in the city.

In the past, the event has seen thousands attend at various venues across Armagh.

However, a recent report put before councillors states that “Arts and cultural services have not had any cut in funding during 2017/18 and in real terms Council increased its contribution to the arts during this financial year”.

The same report states that some councillors “have also been approached by constituents” in relation to perceived cuts.

A review of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council arts and cultural activities began this month, working with Audiences NI to set out the “vision, strategy and action plan for arts and culture activity” in the Borough for the next five years.

This will be undertaken in consultation with arts and cultural practitioners within the Borough, statutory agencies with a responsibility for the arts, businesses and Members.

The report adds: “This is to ensure an efficient alignment of resources bringing together the arts teams with a shared agenda.

“Funding for activity is also dependent on central government support for this agenda. The arts spans a vast array of activity and can have a significant impact on the Borough as a place to live, visit and invest.

“Council currently makes a significant financial contribution to the running of venues such as the Market Place Theatre, FE McWilliam Gallery, the Millennium Court as well as activity across the rest of the Borough.

“The cultural framework that is developed should take all of this into account.”


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