Festival funding blow illustrates squeeze on public purse
Queen's University's decision to sever its financial links with the Belfast Festival after a relationship dating back 50 years is another depressing example of how the squeeze on public finances is affecting every facet of our lives.
The festival, which ran through the darkest days of the Troubles, brought a range of arts events to the city which it had seldom been exposed to previously.
It also created a template for the many other festivals which have mushroomed in recent years. In effect it helped develop the city's cultural life. The worry now is if it can survive this latest blow to its budget.