Tuesday 24 October 2017

NI Arts boards fulfilling remit

Sir -- I write with reference to Emer O'Kelly's article 'Arts Boards in Danger of Becoming Mere Parasites' (Sunday Independent, April 17, 2011), which attacks our present system for distributing public money to artists and arts organisations; and displays a shockingly inaccurate view of the board members, and the role and achievements of the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI).

This very weekend we will be attending the opening of the new Lyric Theatre in Belfast and next year the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) new build, with its auditorium and gallery space will also open. The Grand Opera House too is now complete; as are the Crescent Arts Centre and the wonderfully restored Ulster Hall -- now home to the Ulster Orchestra.

Record audiences attended the first season offering from our new NI Opera company to see a fine production of Tosca set in three historic buildings in the city of Derry, which recently has been designated City of Culture 2013.

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