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Editor's Viewpoint: Don't slay the arts

Published 29/07/2010

The axing of the UK Film Council could have an impact on the burgeoning film industry in Northern Ireland, as it is one of the bodies which funds film-making here.

The power-sharing Executive must resist the temptation to follow the example of the Westminster government in meddling in this important sector for the sake of some short-term financial gains. Instead it should consider investing more in the creative arts here.

A study of the performance of NI Screen shows that it helped bring £22m to the local economy here last year and £45m over a period of three years. Not only are the creative industries a money spinner, they also provide a positive image of the province.

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