N. Ireland Politics

Funding boost could aid Black Box's survival

The Black Box was due to close in April
Image caption The Black Box was due to close in April

The Black Box arts venue in Belfast has been given a major boost to its chances of survival.

It opened in 2006 to fill a temporary gap in arts provision, and was due to close in April this year.

However, Belfast city council has voted to continue paying £25,000 a year to keep it going.

The venue's organisers said it had become an important part of the arts scene in Belfast.

They also said it could co-exist with the nearby Mac arts space which is due to open this year.

The venue currently gets £61,000 a year in public funding and hopes its other past funders, the Arts Council and the Department of Social Development will renew their grants.