Belfast backs arts funding campaign
Councillors support increase in government cash
Belfast City Council has entered the continuing row over cuts to arts funding in Northern Ireland.
Councillors backed a motion backing the campaign calling for increases to the amount in invested in the region’s arts organisations.
A rare unanimous all party vote meant that the city council, which is a major arts funder itself, will offer its “formal support” to the Arts Matter NI campaign. A delegation of councillors will demand a meeting with the permanent secretary of the Department for Communities, which allocates the arts budget.
The move follows news earlier this year that Arts Council Northern Ireland would receive a 4.7% cut in its budget for 2018/19.The region’s arts council budget has been slashed by £23 million since 2012. Its allocation is down to £13.1 million.
Arts Matter NI said: “Today we have support for our campaign for equality of investment in the arts from across the political spectrum in Belfast. Equality of access and equality of investment. That’s not too much to ask, is it?”