HL Deb 10 July 2003 vol 651 c48WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What financial support, over the past year, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has given to the Irish cultural tourism programme and to that of Ulster Scots. [HL3426]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has mainstreamed cultural tourism as a key marketing and development opportunity for tourism in Northern Ireland. NITB will prioritise the development of a visitor experience that is unique to Northern Ireland and that capitalises on the distinctive and diverse elements of Northern Ireland's cultural traditions and way of life.

More specifically on the issue of financial support for cultural events, NITB supported the following during the period from 1 June 2002 to 31 May 2003:

Lady of the Lake Festival, Fermanagh500
Fiddlers Green1,000
Ulster Fleadh1,000
Apprentice Boys: Maiden City Festival20,000
Feile an Phobail20,000
Ardoyne Fleadh1,000
Rhythm in the City5,000
Festival of the Peninsulas5,000
Belfast Festival at Queen's15,000
Bard of Armagh Festival1,000
Belfast Film Festival 2002–031,000
Bangor Choral Festival500
Celtic Film & Television Festival5,000
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival1,000