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 Mr Nelson McCausland MLA.

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Thank you to those who have provided a response to the Committee's consultation into the renewal of the BBC Charter.  The Committee will consider the responses while forming its reply.

On Thursday 26th November 2015 the Committee will finalise the Inquiry into Inclusion in Arts for Working Class Communities.  Also, Members will begin analysis of the responses to its consultation into the renewal of the BBC Charter.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

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Committee Clerk: Peter Hall

Room 347, Parliament Buildings,
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 90 521799

BBC Charter Renewal Committee Consultation

The BBC's Royal Charter is due for renewal in 2017.  The CAL Committee wants to hear your views on what the Charter should say.

The Committee is considering these issues and would like to hear your views to help shape the Committee's position. Please indicate if you are content for your response to be published, should the Committee decide to publish responses.

Please respond in Word format to by 5pm on Friday 20th November 2015.


Committee hosts Sing for Life choir

The Committee welcomed Sing for Life choir to Parliament Buildings recently. Formed from a partnership between Crescent Arts Centre Belfast and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland the choir consists of those whose life has been affected by cancer - patients, carers and family members.

CAL Committee welcomes BBC Director General

CAL Committee Chairperson Nelson McCausland and Members welcomes the BBC Director General, Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Peter Johnston, Director of BBC Northern Ireland to Parliament Buildings. Pictured are from left (1st row): Karen McKevitt MLA; Lord Birkenhead, Director General, BBC; Committee Chairperson Nelson McCausland MLA; Rosie McCorley MLA. From left (2nd row): MLAs Cathal Ó hOisín; Basil McCrea; William Humphrey, and Peter Johnston, Director of BBC Northern Ireland.

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.

End of Session Report

The Committee has published the End of Session Report 2014-2015.

This Report details the work of the Committee from 01 September 2014 to 31 August 2015.

The Report can be found here.

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