Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

MLAs appeal to businesses to continue arts backing

The Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has called on investors to recognise the role that arts and heritage can play in stimulating the economy.

Committee chair Barry McElduff MLA said DCAL had been one of the hardest hit departments in the draft budget for 2011-2015. “However, we ask the Executive and the private sector not to ignore the great economic potential there is in heritage tourism, cultural activities and the arts.

“Many visitors from overseas come here in search of a real cultural experience and to explore our vast heritage and it is therefore important that the Executive supports the sector and the fantastic assets we have to offer.”

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