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Lunchtime cinema screening for just 13p

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at 4pm 0 Comments

Alice Quigley from Queen's Film Theatre and Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council prepare for a very special screening of Good Vibrations with tickets priced at just 13p as part of the No More Cuts to the Arts campaign. Image: Alice Quigley from Queen's Film Theatre and Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council prepare for a very special screening of Good Vibrations with tickets priced at just 13p as part of the No More Cuts to the Arts campaign.

The QFT will host a 13p screening of award-winning, critically acclaimed film, Good Vibrations, on Wednesday 10th December to support and raise awareness of the 13P campaign

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation and proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. That translates as an 11.2% cut to direct public funding for the arts.  This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors. It follows on the back of six successive cuts, including two this year alone, and would set the Arts Council’s budget back a decade to below 2005/06 levels.  Currently the NI government invests just 13p per head of population per week in direct funding for the arts. To put that into context, the annual arts budget would sustain the Health Service for less than one day. Yet this relatively tiny investment in the arts of 0.1% (1/1000th) of total government spending brings BIG returns for Northern Ireland.

Good Vibrations is the heart-warming and uplifting story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “This is the perfect film to support the 13p No More Cuts to the Arts campaign.  The film’s storyline tells us that music and the arts give a city its heart.  The creative industries here have received significant investment from public money and the impact of this investment has been employment, regeneration and ability to attract business.  Due to strategic investment and development, the creative industries are now a major player in the Northern Ireland economy.  With continued, sustained investment in the arts, our creative industries and our ability to compete on a national and international level will increase –creating a place where we all want to live.”

Susan Picken , Head of QFT, said: “I think it’s really important to show solidarity at a time like this when cuts are affecting so many valued sectors of our society.  Whatever you’re in to, the chances are the Arts Council has supported some of the events you’ve enjoyed over the last year, from music to literature, community arts to circus and beyond. The arts are so important in Northern Ireland, not only because of their proven positive economic impact, but because of the much-needed vibrancy they bring across Belfast and Northern Ireland.  The Good Vibrations story is a celebration of the arts and music. It’s also a story  of perseverance, of making it even when the odds are stacked against you. I think this is an important and apt message for the 13p for the Arts campaign. We hope to see a cinema full of arts supporters sending a clear message to Stormont – no more cuts to the arts.”

The 13P screening takes place at 1pm on 10th December at QFT.  There will be no presale tickets, so have your loose change at the ready . Please be sure to sign the 13P postcards which calls upon the NI Government to make no more cuts to the arts.  

Follow the campaign at #13pForTheArts and www.artscouncil-ni.org and sign the online petition here

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