Belfast arts scene 'damaged' by lack of studios, says report
By Robbie Meredith
BBC News NI arts correspondent
A shortage of studio and rehearsal space for artists and musicians risks causing severe damage to Belfast's cultural life.
That is according to a cultural mapping report carried out for Belfast City Council.
It also said that Belfast was lacking in museums and art galleries compared with other similar cities.
Among longer-term ideas proposed to fund culture in Belfast, the report suggested introducing a hotel levy.
Other cities in the UK such as Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bath have also looked at introducing a tourist tax to pay for cultural events.
Councils in those cities have considered an additional small charge on hotel rooms of 1 or 2 to raise extra money to spend on culture but introducing such a move may need a change in legislation.
Artists recently held a protest in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter to appeal for more affordable workspaces.
Some who took part had lost their equipment and work in a fire in a building on Donegall Street at the start of October.
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