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13p Terri Hooley movie Good Vibrations at Queen's Film Theatre is just the ticket to highlight arts cuts

By Harriet Crawford

Tickets for the award-winning film Good Vibrations will set you back just 13p at a special screening in Belfast to support the Arts Council's campaign against arts funding cuts.

The knock-down price at the Queen's Film Theatre reflects the 13p per head of the population spent by Stormont in direct funding for the arts, according to Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Almost 2,000 people have signed the No More Cuts to the Arts online petition since it was launched on November 25.

The critically-acclaimed Good Vibrations, an uplifting story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley who discovered The Undertones, will be shown at the QFT on December 10 to raise awareness of the issue. Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the council, said: "This is the perfect film to support the 13p No More Cuts to the Arts campaign. The film's storyline tells us that music and the arts give a city its heart.

"With continued, sustained investment in the arts, our creative industries and our ability to compete on a national and international level will increase - creating a place where we all want to live."

The next few weeks will be critical, as the public consultation on the draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 closes at the end of December.

The Arts Council said proposed cuts to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure budget would translate as an 11.2% reduction in direct public funding for the arts, jeopardising popular cultural events and festivals including Belfast Festival at Queen's and Culture Night.

Ali Fitzgibbon, director of Young at Art, said: "There has been a significant increase in understanding that this is not arts organisations looking for a handout. It is not a begging bowl campaign - it is actually a support-or-collapse campaign."

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said of the campaign's progress: "The campaign is just over one week old and we have been overwhelmed by the public support it has received.

"Our efforts are gathering momentum."

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