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Minister praises plans for cultural hub

29 May, 2013 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has attended the launch of the Outer-North Cultural Hub in Derry.

The purpose of the Hub – which will be an extension of Leafair Community Association in the Shantallow area – is to provide a dedicated accessible arts/cultural space for local residents of all ages. It will allow them to explore their interests and abilities, to express who they are and what culture means to them artistically and creatively.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said:

“This will be a place where people can come to take part in cultural activities such as dance, language classes or learning an instrument. Even the smallest involvement in these and related activities can have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives.”

The Community Arts Hub aims to extend Skeoge House Community Centre and create a new modern, accessible, and sustainable arts and cultural hub. This will be a resource for residents of the Leafair/Outer North area of Derry and beyond.

The Minister continued:

“It is particularly appropriate that this initiative is being launched in the City of Culture year. My Department is investing over £12million in the City of Culture project in order to make social and economic step changes for the people who are facing the greatest inequalities in the North of Ireland.

“Success in these areas can only be built on strong community infrastructure and with the efforts of the many community workers and volunteers who work tirelessly to help the people who need helped the most. This links directly to the excellent work done here at Leafair.

“I am always pleased to see art being used to support and inspire local communities, particularly in relation to tackling poverty and social exclusion. The project includes specific targets to increase jobs, wages and social inclusion in Derry, a City which faces serious socio-economic inequality.”

The hub will create a base for a range of cultural learning activities which will provide a rich spectrum of experiences, giving local people a sense of pride and a chance to become more actively involved within the community.

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