31/03/2016

Other News In Brief

Little Mix Concerts Cancelled

Little Mix concerts scheduled at the SSE Arena today, 31 March, have been cancelled.

Band member Jesy is unwell and not able to perform, according to Aiken Promotions.

The concerts were due to take place at 2pm and later on at 8pm.

People have been advised to hold on to their tickets and a further announcement on possible rescheduling is expected later today.

UUP Launches Policy Paper On Future Of The Arts

The Ulster Unionist Party has today launched a policy paper looking at the future of the arts.

UUP Leader, Mike Nesbitt said: "The arts matter. I cannot think of a civilisation in the history of mankind that has flourished without cherishing artistic endeavour. I do not wish to live in a society that is purely functional. I understand how art and creativity enhances lives. I want our artistic superstars recognised on a par with their sporting equals.

"I accept we are enduring financially challenging times. That is not an excuse to starve the arts.
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"I understand and support the drive by our universities to promote links with the business sector. The success of spin-off companies is a cause for celebration and a core driver of economic growth. But I am also concerned that the search for the next Frank Pantridge is not matched by an equally enthusiastic pursuit for the next Seamus Heaney; the next Allen McClay paired with the next F E McWilliam, the next Harry Ferguson with the next Brian Friel. Artistic excellence must be a goal in its own right if we are to do justice to our esteemed international reputation."

Traffic Warning Issued Ahead Of Ulster v Connacht Match

The police have issued a warning of potential traffic disruption ahead of the Ulster v Connacht match on tomorrow, 01 April.

Disruption is expected in the following areas:

• Cregagh Road, Mount Merrion Avenue, Knockbreda Road, Rosetta Park and Ravenhill Road between 5.30pm and 7.45pm and 9.00pm -10.30pm.

Police are also reminding people travelling to Kingspan Stadium in East Belfast of the revised traffic management system.

Access to Onslow Parade and Ravenhill Park will be limited to residents, public transport and taxis dropping off fans at the stadium.

(CD/LM)

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