“The Board of the Cathedral Quarter Trust, CQT, has been forced to cease day to day operational activity, including planning any cultural events, with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future, following the withdrawal of core funding by the Department for Communities. This DfC decision was communicated to CQT within the past weeks.
“We have with regret served notice to our employees and we thank them sincerely for their unrelenting efforts to drive forward the CQT agenda to this point.
“The Board, which is representative of businesses, arts, educational and heritage organisations and other civic stakeholders in the Cathedral Quarter will continue to meet and to champion issues that promote the best long term interests of the Cathedral Quarter, the city centre and the wider Belfast agenda. We will never waver from our belief that the Cathedral Quarter has a critical role to play in driving sustainable and inclusive regeneration in this part of Belfast with a knock on effect across the whole city and region.”
CQT delivered Culture Night in Belfast until 2021, and last year it was announced that a strategic review would be undertaken into the future of the event. Following the withdrawal of its core funding CQT will not be directly involved in the delivery of any future Culture Night and as a Board we will continue to work with Belfast City Council and other stakeholders to explore all options around the future of this popular and important event.