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Local arts sector devastated by the loss of revenue from live performances

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Ciaran Smyth, Director of Voodoo Belfast. (Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX)

Ciaran Smyth, Director of Voodoo Belfast. (Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX)

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Ciaran Smyth, Director of Voodoo Belfast. (Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX)

The easing of lockdown has come as a relief for bars and restaurants across Northern Ireland, but there is no sign of live music returning.

The revenue generated from ticket sales and venue bars accounted for 47% of the total income of the live arts sector in 2018-19 and the complete removal of these sources has been devastating.

It is why the decision made last weekend by the UK government to invest £1.57bn into the arts sector has been broadly welcomed. Attention in Northern Ireland will now turn to exactly how the Executive chooses to disperse its allocated £33m support package.