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The Fall actress shows her support for the arts

John Linehan and Bronagh Waugh pictured last night at a crowd funding event to help raise money for the arts sector. Picture by Hugh Russell
Staff Reporter

THE Fall actress Bronagh Waugh showed her support for the arts last night at a crowd funding event in Belfast to help raise money for the sector.

Belfast Film Festival, Kabosh Theatre Company, Wheelworks Youth Arts and Belfast Community Gospel Choir each made a short pitch to try and raise funding.

Ms Waugh (32), from Coleraine in Co Derry, was among those who attended the event in Stix and Stones restaurant in Belfast.

Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council said the arts had put Northern Ireland "on the world map for all the right reasons, raising our profile as the kind of vibrant and forward-looking place you would want to work in, live in and invest in".

"But it's not enough to have just an economic value; the arts have a unique value, a gift, for bringing our people and communities closer together," she said.

Mary Nagele, chief executive of Arts & Business NI said: "When the arts are strong, business wants to be aligned with that excellence. Arts & Business NI works to help strengthen the arts by developing new income streams. Events such as this are important in helping bring new partners to the table."

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