MAC QT: Where now for arts and culture in Belfast?

Arts & Culture took centre stage at the MAC last Wednesday (17th April) as candidates for the forthcoming election to Belfast City Council faced a special MAC Question Time event entitled, 'Reaching our potential: Where now for Arts and Culture in Belfast?’

The event saw prospective councillors face challenging questions from the audience on how they intend to use their mandate to support a vibrant, connected and properly resourced arts sector which can play its part in making Belfast and Northern Ireland better.

Journalist and presenter, Declan Lawn, chaired the event, with panellists from Sinn Féin, DUP, UUP, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party answering questions. The event was organised in partnership with Public Affairs and Communications firm, MW Advocate.

Speaking about the event, Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive of the MAC, said “As we prepare to go to the polls to elect the councillors who will be at the helm of our city for the next few years, this special MAC Election Question Time event was a chance to hear directly from political parties about their priorities for the arts sector.

“At the MAC, we know about the difficulties faced by the sector, and we work with so many artists, organisations and community groups right across the city who are deeply passionate about improving the city’s cultural offering to put us on a par with some of the world’s most vibrant destinations and all the positive associated benefits that brings. These groups and members of the public had the chance to put their own questions to politicians in the flesh and quiz those asking for their vote on 2 May.”

Brendan Mulgrew, Managing Partner, MW Advocate, added “Local government elections give us the opportunity to connect with the people who will be making decisions on how our rates will be spent in the coming years. We are delighted to be part of an event which gives the arts sector in Belfast the chance to speak directly with candidates and highlight the important role that they play in our city.”

Previous MAC QT events have looked at health & wellbeing, the economy and mental health. Keep an eye out for future MAC QT events at