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Belfast's MAC back in business again after Covid lockdown





The MAC in Belfast has reopened after its Covid closure.

Communities Minister Caral Ni Chuilin made a visit to the Belfast gallery over the weekend.

She was given a tour of exhibitions by Peter Liversidge and Frederic Huska and a special display of work by the public, children and professional artists entitled 'In a Rainbow of Coalitions', which reflects the lockdown period and the impact Covid-19 has had on society.

She was also given a preview of the MAC's newly repurposed and secure 'Luminaire Cinema'.

"I am delighted to be here on what is the re-opening weekend for the MAC," the Sinn Fein MLA said.

"It is great that they can open their doors to the public again and welcome them into their galleries in a safe and carefully managed way and with two wonderful exhibitions on display. This has undoubtedly been a difficult time for the arts sector and while the restrictions for theatres, concert halls and live music remain in place, the restrictions are intended to be temporary and will be relaxed and ultimately removed as soon as circumstances permit, and hopefully those circumstances have moved a little closer given recent events."

Anne McReynolds, chief executive at the MAC, added: "Arts and culture are a vital part of Northern Ireland's recovery as we look positively towards 2021.

"Improving the health and wellbeing of our communities is why places like the MAC exist. The pandemic has forced our theatres, music venues and organisations to close at a time when our communities needed us the most, so we hope that as we reopen, we can bring some much-needed colour and light to our visitors' lives.

"Like other venues and public spaces, we have taken robust steps and adapted the experience to ensure that all of our visitors and staff can safely enjoy our exhibitions, events and cafe bar. We are delighted that the minister has been among the first visitors back to the MAC, to experience how it is helping to keep arts and culture at the heart of our community during these difficult times and we are grateful for the continuing support of the Arts Council."

The MAC has achieved the 'We're Good to Go' industry-standard mark under Government and public health guidance, having implemented a carefully planned social distancing system, pre-booking of its galleries to monitor visitor numbers and an enhanced hygiene regime throughout the venue. For more information and updates on shows at the MAC, visit www.themaclive.com.

Belfast Telegraph