2022-11-25 06:31:55

Belfast arts scene 'damaged' by lack of studios, says report

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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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