Work is due to start on a new £17.5 million Metropolitan Arts Centre in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast. The centre will house two theatres, three visual arts galleries, dance studios, rehearsal rooms, offices and a restaurant.
The Northern Ireland Executive, through my department DCAL, has allocated £10.76 million to the two-year project, which will provide employment for 420 people during the construction work.
The new MAC will appeal to a wide range of performers and the aim is to provide a building which will create entertainment, promote eductaion and inspire creativity.
The development is the latest capital project in a decade-long investment in new infrastructure venues in Northern Ireland, including a new home for the region’s only repertory company, the Lyric Theatre, and major refurbishments of Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre and the Playhouse Theatre in Londonderry. This is another good example of devolution delivering for the people of Northern Ireland.