Belfast International Arts Festival is a prime example of cultural innovation that is open to all. With our multi-disciplinary programme of contemporary arts and culture from around the globe, we seek to push boundaries and challenge perceptions.
We engage actively with audiences and communities around and beyond the city and make a vital contribution to ensuring the rest of the world knows about the diversity of our cultural riches. Despite this artistic and popular success, the Festival, like most of Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural organisations remains highly vulnerable in the current uncertain economic and political circumstances. More than ever, we need Government and its agencies to acknowledge the key role that culture plays in attracting economic investment to our country and enhancing community cohesion.
Increased and longer-term investment that puts us on a par with other UK regions and Ireland is essential if we are continue to play that role.
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