asked Her Majesty's Government:
What was selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Smithsonian Institution exhibition in 2007; after what process this selection was made; who made the selection; and what is the estimated cost of taking part in the event. [HL3235]
The Smithsonian has invited 146 individuals representing crafts; sports; occupational traditions; traditional music and performing arts; culinary traditions; history and heritage. The names of the participants and the traditions they represent may be found on the website www.rediscoverni.com. The Smithsonian Institution made the selection based on detailed research over 18 months guided by a NI-based curatorial group representing over 35 different cultural and arts organisations from the public and voluntary sector. The total cost of mounting the NI exhibit on the Mall is expected to be £1,252,998, of which NI contributes approximately £789,000. There is no cost to the participants in taking part.