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Dancing with Joy! - 107 arts organisations awarded Equipment Programme funding

Monday 11th March 2019 at 10am 0 Comments

Pictured (L_R) is Roger Courtney, Interim Manager, Crescent Arts Centre, Helen Hall, dancer, Paul Moore, Department For Communities and Noirin McKinney, Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Image: Pictured (L_R) is Roger Courtney, Interim Manager, Crescent Arts Centre, Helen Hall, dancer, Paul Moore, Department For Communities and Noirin McKinney, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today announced awards worth £740,000 that will help arts organisations renew and replace essential equipment. New exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, has offered much needed support to arts organisations hoping to enhance their artistic services for audiences. The fund helps to improve lighting and sound systems, renew staging and seating, as well as purchase backstage, essential items such as sewing machines, costume rails and IT equipment.

The Crescent Arts Centre received a grant of £10,988 which comes at a strategically important time for the busy, south Belfast venue. Roger Courtney, Manager said,

“The Crescent Arts Centre is literally dancing with joy - this equipment grant will help us achieve our strategic objective, to create a dance hub in Belfast, and extend the wide range of arts activities we provide here.”

Richard Wakely, Artistic Director, Belfast International Arts Festival, said,

“The grant we received will go towards a portable dance floor, an essential piece of equipment for any major arts Festival and one which will help relieve the burden of costs required to host a major international arts festival like this in Belfast.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said,

“The Equipment Programme was a major success. We received applications valued at over £2 million, a reflection of the strong need within the arts sector. The Arts Council was able to make 107 awards for equipment worth £740,000 which included everything from stages and flooring to computers and sewing machines.  We are so pleased to receive this new funding package from the Department for Communities; it will benefit many artists, arts organisations and their audiences”.

Paul Moore, Head of Arts Branch, Department for Communities said:

“I am delighted the Department of Communities was able to invest £740,000 in the arts sector. This programme will provide necessary and valuable equipment to arts organisations across Northern Ireland and benefit the audiences and communities they serve.”

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