Culture, Arts and Leisure

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Nί Chuilίn MLA, on matters within her responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny,policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Miss Michelle McIlveen.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

Latest News

The Assembly is in recess.

The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure will continue its work over the recess. The Committee's next public meeting will be on 11th September.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Committee Launches Report Into Gaps In Child Protection and Safeguard

The Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has just launched its report into gaps in child protection and safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure remit.

The Committee agreed to conduct an investigation following a briefing from the Sport NI's Child Protection and Sport Unit, an organisation that has spearheaded policy to make participation in sport safer for young people.

Inquiry into the Creative Industries

Clear branding, leadership and collaboration will help to provide a boost to the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland. That is the message from the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure in its report that will be published today on maximising the potential of the Creative Industries.

CAL Committee celebrate 10th Anniversary of the Letterbox Club, which provides children in foster care with fun educational resources

Pictured L-r: Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure Chairperson Michelle McIlveen MLA, Lemn Sissay MBE, Margaret Kelly, director of the Fostering Network Northern Ireland and Liz Canning, Booktrust NI Manager.

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure today (Wednesday 17 April) helped to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Letterbox Club, which provides children in foster care (7-11yrs) with fun educational resources to improve literacy and numeracy skills. Internationally renowned poet, playwright and patron of the Letterbox Club Lemn Sissay MBE, who spent much of his younger life in care was guest of honour at today’s event.

Pictured L-r: Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure Chairperson Michelle McIlveen MLA, Lemn Sissay MBE, Margaret Kelly, director of the Fostering Network Northern Ireland and Liz Canning, Booktrust NI Manager.

For information of more visits and events involving the Committee click here.

World Poetry Day

Thursday, 21 March 2013 was World Poetry Day and to celebrate we caught up with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly's Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee to find what their favourite poems are and why.

  • Chairperson, Michelle McIlveen MLA chose, "Silver", by Walter de la Mare.
  • Committee Member Cathal Ó hOisín MLA chose, "Sea Fever", by John Masefield.
  • Committee Member Dominic Bradley MLA chose, "The Song of Wandering Aengus" by W.B. Yeats.

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