Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has been delivered a blow after losing out on vital funding.
In the run up to Belfast’s high-profile year of events to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic, several of its most high profile festivals – including Pride, Festival of Fools and the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – have been informed they will no longer receive funding from the Department of Social Development. The funding cut will also affect the Black Box venue and Culture Night among others.
The news was delivered to applicants of the yearly Laganside Events Grant last Thursday, after DSD Minister Nelson McCausland made the decision.
The grant awarded recipients up to £20,000 in funding.
A DSD spokesperson said: “Due to funding pressures within the Department’s budget we have had to close the Laganside Events Grant
from 31 March 2012. We have notified those organisations which usually apply for this grant in order to provide time for them to identify
other potential funders for events planned for later this year.”
(via Slugger O’Toole)