Where is Derry's Culture funding?
To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) total amount of funding allocated to City of Culture Legacy; (ii) projects funded by City of Culture Legacy; and (iii) funding allocated to each project.
I secured over £2m for the January to March 2014 period to support continuation of key projects from the City of Culture’s cultural programme and to prevent the loss of key benefits, partnerships and momentum after December 2013. This included strategic investment for sports facility development.
Supported projects included:
Music projects, for example key elements of the Music Promise project and the return of Other Voices to Derry in February 2014;
Digital projects, for example continuation of the Portrait of a City project and digital skills provision;
Literacy skills projects, for example the Disobey Gravity programme;
Community projects delivered under Community Cultural Strategies developed for neighbourhood renewal areas;
A pilot creative voucher scheme, which included a focus on the North West, designed to stimulate new collaborations between creative enterprises and businesses from a diverse range of other sectors;
Expansion of the Nerve Centre’s Fab Lab with a wider North West emphasis;
Walled City Tattoo; and
Sports facility development in Coleraine.
In addition I made funding available for the purchase of Eamonn O'Doherty's Armoured Pram, Lumiere's Stitch in Time piece and a portable Marquee which will be used as a community venue.
I have secured an additional £3.8m to support a Cultural and Sporting Programme in the North West in the current financial year.
The strategic interventions supported by this programme have been selected because they present opportunities to build on the success of City of Culture 2013 and deliver long term sustainable impacts.
DCAL’s support will be allocated and spent by March 2015, however, the Programme is designed to create a lasting impact for communities in need.
The Programme is focussed on delivering:
Capacity building for the most deprived communities across the North West;
Building sustainable infrastructure with contributions to key cultural and sporting refurbishment projects;
Developing festival activity with events delivery equipment like staging, lighting and barriers to reduce the costs of delivering community based festivals for many years to come;
Expanding the services of existing community facilities with creative and digital equipment such as iPads, 3D printers and equipment to assist the growth of social enterprises within communities.
As business cases for the programme are still being finalised, I will be making further announcements in due course.