Council Needs to Support The Arts In Ely

PUBLISHED: 10:24 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 04 May 2010

I M grateful to the Ely Standard for running this article last week, helping Turning Point to explain to people why we had to cancel our performance on October 28 at the Royal Standard.

But what your article did not mention was the fact that the licensing

I'M grateful to the Ely Standard for running this article last week, helping Turning Point to explain to people why we had to cancel our performance on October 28 at the Royal Standard.

But what your article did not mention was the fact that the licensing office of ECDC only decided that our performance was not 'legal' on the Friday before the event, giving Turning Point only three business days to apply for a one-off licence that takes 10 business days for the licensing office to process. ECDC claim that they only then learned about the event. But our event was listed in the ADeC Guide September/October issue, which was printed at the end of August and could be found at various locations in the city centre. We also placed posters advertising our event three weeks before (early October) at Ely Library, Toppings Bookshop and Burrows. We also had listings on various regional arts websites.

After the cuts to ADeC and the subsequent lost of the Babylon Gallery, what has happened to Turning Point is sadly another example of ECDC's lack of support for the arts.

PAOLA TRIMARCO

Director of Turning Point Productions

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