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Building of the new MAC will soon be underway

Thursday 10th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

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The Arts Council welcomes the announcement that construction of the new £17.5 million MAC arts centre is due to commence before Christmas.

Supported by the Arts Council, the MAC will be based in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The new arts facility will be six stories high and will boast two theatres, a large visual space, dance and rehearsal studios, café and public access areas. This multi-million pound art venue, which is due to open in 2011 has been planned to keep pace with the artistic expectations of a modern society; and designed to make a real contribution to the social, economic and cultural re-generation of Northern Ireland.

Arts Council Chief Executive Roisin McDonough says:

“This project is fantastic news for the arts in Belfast. The Arts Council has set aside £5.25 million to support the new MAC and we are delighted that the building of this iconic arts venue will soon be underway. The centre will provide an essential ingredient to the regeneration of Belfast and enhance its vibrant and cultural energy. Congratulations to the Board and staff of the OMAC. ”

In addition to Arts Council support, the project has attracted significant capital investment from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department for Social Development.

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