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No More Cuts to the Arts


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No More Cuts to the Arts


Support the Campaign

The Arts in Northern Ireland is facing more cuts to our meagre funding, after a decade of chronic under funding. These cuts will have a devastating impact upon arts programmes of all levels but in particular young organisations like ourselves will become squeezed out. We already stand on a knife edge with every production potentially being our last and with further cuts many young companies and artists may not be here next year. If you care about our work and the work of all the arts groups here -- to say nothing of the kind of culture we want in this little country of ours -- then please make your voice heard. Tell our local representatives why the arts matter to you, using the links below. Pass the word on to friends and colleagues, no matter where you live or work.

Currently the NI government invests just 13p per head of population per week in direct funding for the arts. To put that into context, the annual arts budget would sustain the Health Service for less than one day. Yet this relatively tiny investment in the arts of 0.1% (1/1000th) of total government spending brings BIG returns for Northern Ireland
— Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation. The document proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL). This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors. It follows on the back of six successive cuts, including two this year alone, and would set the Arts Council’s budget back a decade to below 2005/06 levels.

WhaT you Can do?

We want everyone to speak up and make your voice heard about why the arts matter to you. You can fill in DCAL's direct response, sign the Arts Council's online petition or tell as many people as you can to speak up now. Please do so today as the public only has until Monday 29th December to make your opinion heard. 

 
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BOOKS!

We'd like your old books for our next show. We'll take old ones, new ones, small ones, big ones, pop-up ones or anything you could spare. We really really need them! If you can help us out by donating a few books just email us or drop them down to our office any time you like.

VOLUNTEERS CALL

We're looking for volunteers for our upcoming project Le Café, a new devised play running from February into March 2015 initially. You can find out more about the project and info about volunteering for it here and on our Opportunities page.

NEW SERVICES

We're expanding the help and advice we can give fellow artists with a new Services programme. Have a look at our list of initial services, that we've aimed at a range of artists and tried to make as flexible and useful as possible. 

PLAYWRIGHTS' BOOTCAMP

Our first Playwrights' Bootcamp has come to a close. A new venture that saw a group of ten writers dive into exploring how theatre is a live and intensely collaborative medium. We'll have more workshops soon, so keep a look out for news.

 

Workshops that connect people with the tools and techniques to tell stories

Merchandise and material from some of Accidental's favourite productions.

Help and guidance on demand