Not So Queer up North?
This coming week will see the Arts Council make a final decision regarding the funding of the Queer Up North Festival. The Arts Council England had announced plans to end its annual funding of queerupnorth in March 2008. This will lead to the cancellation of the 2008 festival in Manchester, halt all future touring plans, end our unique programme of work for young people, and result in the immediate closure of the organisation.
It’s a scandal and the decision must be reversed. The event has been an essential part of the cultural transformation of Manchester and the North that has led to a more vibrant, metropolitan and prosperous lifestyle for so many people who reside in Manchester and the surrounding areas. That funding needs expanding not cutting!