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First Minister Arlene Foster has announced an investment of £1.7million in a new arts and cultural project in the Derry-Londonderry Urban Village area.

The Minister revealed plans from the Executive’s Urban Villages initiative to transform the existing New Gate Arts & Culture Centre in the Fountain estate and the adjacent vacant site, into a state-of-the-art shared performance space.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “The North West Cultural Partnership has used arts and creativity as a catalyst for change over the years, bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together in shared experiences.

“The investment of £1.7million by the Executive’s Urban Villages Initiative, in a new build multi-use performance space will expand their ability and opportunity to facilitate more activities and training; while connecting with wider audiences, not only from the Urban Village area but across the City and further afield, breathing new life into this area.”

A leaflet information drop to local residents will be undertaken by the council as delivery partner with the Urban Villages Initiative. The local community, interested groups and stakeholders can attend an information webinar to find out what will be on offer to them in this new facility.

The public can view plans on the DCSDC planning portal and at the council offices, while complying with Government guidance allows.

This £1.7million investment is designed to not only enhance the local environment and improve community relations and engagement, but restore pride and confidence among those living and working in this area of the city.