Arts Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has visited The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) which will open to the public next year.
Situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter the MAC, which is costing almost £18million will be six storeys high. It will include two theatres - one 350 seat and one 120 seat, three major visual art galleries, a dance studio, education, workshop and rehearsal spaces, offices for resident arts groups, as well as a resident artist and a bar.
Speaking at the site Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I look forward to this building opening early next year. It is a fabulous space and will provide a welcome venue for drama, music, the visual arts – a haven for a vast array of cultural activity in the city.
“The MAC will also provide an artistic programme of the highest quality reflecting and exploring issues relevant to the socially diverse communities across the North.”
The Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure is providing £10.76million towards the total costs of £17.56million. The project is also being funded by the Arts Council (Lottery), Department for Social Development and Belfast City Council.