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Efforts being made to ensure Strabane will benefit from the legacy of the City of Culture 2013

Published: 15 January, 2014

Michaela and Caral

Michaela and Caral

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has received confirmation from DCAL Minister Caral Ní Chuilín that efforts are being made to ensure Strabane will benefit from the legacy of the City of Culture 2013.

Recently the minister announced her strategic vision for the City of Culture legacy, not just for the city of Derry but, indeed, the north-west. The Minister has secured over £2 million for the period from January to March 2014 to support a continuation of key projects from the city's culture programme and to prevent the loss of key benefits and partnerships. That will also stimulate new collaborations between creative industries and businesses and provide strategic investment to sports facility development in the north-west.

The minister also stated that she is keen to ensure that a DCAL office will be set up to further enhance focus in the north-west. That will have responsibility for coordination and oversight of culture, arts and leisure activity in the area, which will include Derry, Strabane, Limavady and Coleraine.

Mrs Boyle stated, "I am delighted that the minister has assured us that she is determined to expand the legacy of the City of Culture across the north-west, which includes Strabane. The minister has informed me that DCAL are having meetings with key stakeholders in the community. They are also looking at opportunities for road shows and information and consultation events and has asked that Strabane in particular be one of the first areas visited in order to make links with the people there and to ascertain their opinions. It is important to recognise that the legacy of the City of Culture has been tremendous. However, we need to make sure that that is not just located in one geographical area".