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Community Festivals

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government support is available for new and emerging community festivals in Northern Ireland. (79749)

A new Community Festival Fund came into operation on 1 April 2006. The Northern Ireland Events Company administers the fund on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s behalf. Approximately £450,000 is available to new or existing festivals that meet the core criteria.

Its main purpose is to improve the capacity of existing, new and emerging community festivals and to make them more sustainable.