Festivals and Special Occasions: Newcastle upon Tyne

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to support Newcastle upon Tyne's Freedom City 2017 festival.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Freedom City 2017 is an important and exciting prospect for Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Arts Council England's (ACE) North Director in Newcastle sits on the steering group for the festival and, in April 2015, ACE provided a Grants for the arts award of £15,000 to the Northern Roots, a partner in the development of the Freedom City 2017 event. ACE are continuing discussions with the Festival organisers on how they can further support the event.

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