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Martin McGuinness expresses disappointment on WOMAD

6 March, 2012 - by Westminster

Martin McGuinness MP, MLA has expressed disappointment at news that the WOMAD musical festival will probably not now be coming to Derry for the City of Culture celebrations 2013.

Martin McGuinness said:

“When the announcement was originally made that efforts were under way to bring the WOMAD Music Festival to Derry for the City of Culture celebrations it was met with great enthusiasm. But as with all proposals it must be economically viable.

“The proposers of this project ‘SEEDS’ and the Culture Company after examining WOMAD’s feasibility study are both now agreed that the financial risks with the Culture Company as a proposed sole funder are too high.

“While I am as disappointed as everyone associated with the project I have to accept the assessment of both the Board of Directors of ‘SEEDS’ and the management of the ‘Culture Company’ that staging this festival is not feasible under the present proposals.

“2013 is a very important year for our City and the programme of events presently being compiled by the Culture Company is exciting and comprehensive - catering for all sections of the community. I have every confidence that this disappointment will not overshadow what will be a magnificent year of opportunity and enjoyment for all of the diverse cultures reflected in our city and district."

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