Belfast Telegraph

Mac's efforts to promote arts should be encouraged

Editor's Viewpoint

Martin Lynch's description of the Mac arts complex as elitist is astonishing and puzzling. What is it supposed to mean?

Should it not appeal to trendy middle-class kids and just confine itself to those who would deem themselves working class?

As someone from that background who has become a very successful playwright, does he regard his dramas as elitist if they attract middle-class audiences?

He knows that the arts is a broad church. People from all walks of life find inspiration from the arts should it be pop culture or opera, gritty local drama or Shakespeare. There is a considerable weight of evidence from those who use the Mac that it is accessible to all and an asset in our cultural life.

Our efforts should be on how to expand the arts, not attempting to pigeon-hole it on social strata.

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