Derry Arts groups lose funding

The Playhouse in Derry (Arts Council/PA Wire)
The Playhouse in Derry (Arts Council/PA Wire)

At least two leading arts organisations will have their funding cut as part of a £620,000 cut in spending by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) across Northern Ireland.

Cuts to Void art gallery and Derry’s Playhouse have been confirmed so far. In all 32 arts organisations in Northern Ireland will suffer under the funding cuts which are part of wider austerity measures.

The impact will be felt keenly by Derry dance company Echo Echo for which the cut of seven per cent of core funding translates to a total of £7,683 by the end of this financial year.

This cut means that Echo Echo’s core funding will be hit, monies used to “keep the lights on and run the building” said company manager Ailbhe Byrne.

“We are very disappointed that we have been hit again by these cuts and are not sure how we can now make up the shortfall by the end of the financial year.

“The work done at Echo Echo is genuinely special and unique. We have six dancers here all working on different projects and teaching literally thousands of people a year.

“It’s disappointing that the arts are as an easy target,” he said.