Monday, December 13, 2004

Arts Council Wales to be run by Assembly

Arts Council Wales will soon disappear in all but name, following the decision by the Welsh Assembly to take on all of its important fucnctions, reports The Stage.
To oversee the future, the government is establishing a culture board to be chaired by the minister - currently Alun Pugh - with membership from the arts council, National Library, National Museums and Galleries, local government and the Welsh Books Council. The directly funded bodies will be the Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra, Academi, Diversions, Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and the Welsh language Theatr Genedlaethol.

No date has been set for the changeover, although it is thought that April 2006 is the most likely date since this is when the Welsh Development Agency undergoes a similar move.

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