The director of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s has vowed to carry on despite further funding cuts.

Yesterday another blow was delivered as Queen’s University pulled their financial support for the festival after 52 years.

In a statement Queen’s University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, Professor Tony Gallagher said: “The University has been a significant patron of the arts since the Belfast Festival at Queen’s inception over 50 years ago and has invested significant funding into its success.

“Queen’s has also played a unique role in developing the cultural infrastructure for Belfast and the region. However, the University cannot continue to expose itself to an unacceptable level of financial risk.”

The University blamed general budget cuts on their decision.

But Festival Director Richard Wakely said it’s not the end.

He added: “Whilst this is disappointing news, it nevertheless represents a genuine opportunity to work constructively with our remaining public and private stakeholders to explore the redesign and re-launch of Festival as a city wide event of international stature and significance for 2015 and beyond.”

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