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Jenny Randerson outlines development of performing arts in Wales     

Culture Minister Jenny Randerson today set out her vision for the development of performing arts in Wales over the next five years. Addressing A Kick Up The Arts, a conference on the future of performing arts in Wales the Minister spoke about her Culture strategy ‘A Platform for Fulfilment’ in relation to the Performing Arts.

Jenny Randerson said: " The emerging culture document sets out a bold vision for the future and an ambitious strategy for the next decade. I am keen for the National Assembly to take a lead in bringing about a cultural transformation in Wales."

The Minister outlined what she saw as the key objectives in order to enhance the professional performing arts.

" We need to reaffirm Wales’ position as a leading musical country. This can be done by increasing the professional musical activity in Wales, stabilising community music organisations and ensuring that Wales has a full range of international class ensembles, venues and festivals", she said.

" We also want to ensure stable and high-quality theatre life throughout Wales. In order to have a successful drama culture we need to be able to strengthen existing companies, both in terms of numbers and performing opportunities. There is also a need to support new initiatives in dance and physical theatre wherever possible."

The Minister acknowledged that funding was also key in being able to establish a more secure future for the arts in Wales.

" Funding for the Arts Council of Wales this financial year has increased by nearly 8% and further increases are predicted for 2002-03 and 2003-04", she said.

"We have come a long way in the last year but there is always more to do. Wales is fast becoming recognised on an international level and I am confident that the arts in Wales will further contribute to the international reputation of Wales," she added.
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