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Black Box management to table bid as Belfast music and arts venue put up for sale

By David Young

Published 09/07/2016

Hopeful: Sean Kelly
Hopeful: Sean Kelly

A building that is home to one of Belfast's leading music and arts venues has been put on the market.

Over the past decade the Black Box in Hill Street has embedded itself at the heart of the city's cultural life.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Black Box trustee Sean Kelly confirmed that the building's owners - a company called 2 Fat Turkeys - had put the ground floor on the market.

"It's an anxious time," he admitted.

"The Black Box has been trading in the building for more than 10 years, and has become one of the best-loved venues in the city's performing arts world.

"We're trading normally at the moment, but our lease runs out at the end of July."

Mr Kelly revealed that the Black Box team was already working on a bid to buy the venue.

"It's an anxious time, but we're optimistic that we will be able to get things resolved satisfactorily," he added.

Mr Kelly - who is associated with the popular and successful Out To Lunch and Cathedral Quarter arts festivals - said he was not aware of any offers having already been made for the premises.

He said: "I think that post the Brexit referendum people are being cautious.

"But I hope that anyone who does buy the venue would want to build on the successes of the past decade. Fingers crossed." The company 2 Fat Turkeys Ltd belongs to well-known Northern Ireland property developer, TV presenter and author Gary McCausland (48).

In 2013 the former How To Be A Property Developer presenter purchased Robinhall House, golf superstar Rory McIlroy's former luxury 14-acre home in Moneyreagh.

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