Pontypridd arts centre to open again?

Council asks for expressions of interest in Muni

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has asked for expressions of interest in running the Muni arts centre in Pontypridd.

The move follows the closure of the arts centre in December after the local group running it went into liquidation. The group had been in charge since the council handed it over in 2014, saying it could not afford to run the venue.

But local councillor and former trustee, Heledd Fychan said the centre needed greater support.

"I think RCT [council] must think seriously about whether it was the right decision to close the Muni [in 2014]. It was their most successful theatre, one that generated an income. Isn't it time for them to look again at that decision and, if they are serious about investing in culture, don't they have to look at managing the Muni themselves?"

A spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council it would do "everything practicably possible" to support a "viable and sustainable future" for The Muni. The council has previously confirmed that continued financial support may be necessary to provide the best opportunity for interested groups to develop a viable business plan - and the council will consider this for any proposals received."

Local MP Owen Smith said that he had been assured the Muni closure was ‘only temporary.’


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