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Eligibility and sustainability for community festivals must be ensured

7 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Assembly Culture Committee, Francie Brolly shall seek an urgent meeting with Culture Minister Edwin Poots to ensure eligibility and sustainability for community festivals in relation to todays announcement of £1.6million for events in the six counties.

Mr Brolly said,

"Any funding for festivals and events must be welcomed, however, I urge the Minister to accomodate all festival bodies and all communities.

"The Events Growth Fund for example must accomodate community festivals in order to provide parity for all local ventures.

"The Major Events Fund should allow for stage concerts also.

"I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister to clarify the eligibility associated with today's announcement.

"I also wish to ensure the long term financial sustainability for festivals within this package.

"Sinn Féin believes that by working towards an inclusive, ambitious cultural and leisure programme the benefits will be for all." Críoch

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