Northern Ireland dance companies and independent artists have welcomed the opportunity to contribute to Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) 5-year strategy 2019-2024 for the development of the Arts. The timeframe has enabled the sector to come together to discuss its future, articulate collective concerns and share thinking on priorities. It has been a positive process.
These are challenging times for dance in Northern Ireland (NI). With plans for the dance and theatre umbrella organisations to merge, there is uncertainty within the sector as to the implications for dance development in the province. Dance, as the most collaborative of art forms, is resource heavy, requiring people, appropriate spaces, physical training and creativity to develop. As funding becomes increasingly squeezed, the future appears more vulnerable.
The document linked below has been created through the following process and lists of contributors are included in the Appendices.
- Attendance at ACNI presentation for representatives of the 5 AFP dance clients followed by a closed discussion on 12th June at the Crescent Arts Centre (Appendix A)
- A wider dance sector meeting of AFP representatives and independent artists on 24th July 2018 at Duncairn Arts Centre (Appendix B)
- Written responses received from independent artists (Appendix C)
- Circulation of a draft Dance Sector Response to all AFPs and independent
artists (as above) for comments, corrections and additions August 2018
- Final document approved September 2018