Agenda item

Halloween 2019

Minutes:

The Head of Culture presented the above report a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on proposals for the Halloween Festival 2019 and to advise on the procurement processes to date.

 

                        The Chair welcomed the report, expressed excitement with the impending Halloween Festival activities for the City and District and thanked the Officers and team for the report.

 

                        Councillor Cooper welcomed the report.  He referred to the increase in visitor numbers since 2015 that had resulted in the growth of the scale of the Halloween festival to international and major event level.  He also referred to the economic benefit that the event provided to the City and District.

 

                        The Head of Culture in response to Councillor Farrell clarified that the funding contribution from Tourism NI would be match funded by Council and that sustained the development of the Halloween event.

 

                        Councillor Barr suggested that a themed busking event be considered for Strabane town in August and the reinstatement of the St Patrick’s Day parade to the Melmount Road to facilitate participation by the residents at the care homes.

 

                        The Head of Culture advised Members that Officers were currently reviewing the Summer Jamm and looking at specific themes for the event and busking could be considered.  If Council were to look at delivering a specific separate event in August, it would require additional budget and resources.  She also advised that any organisation who wished to run such an event could consider applying to Council’s Community Festival or Headline Events Funds. .  She referred to the suggestion of rerouting the St Patrick’s Day parade in Strabane and agreed to present options to Committee in the Autumn.

 

                        The Committee

                                   

                                                Recommended       that Members approve financial                                                           and procurement arrangements as                                                       set out above and note the                                                                     contents of the report.

The Head of Culture presented the above report a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on proposals for the Halloween Festival 2019 and to advise on the procurement processes to date.

 

                        The Chair welcomed the report, expressed excitement with the impending Halloween Festival activities for the City and District and thanked the Officers and team for the report.

 

                        Councillor Cooper welcomed the report.  He referred to the increase in visitor numbers since 2015 that had resulted in the growth of the scale of the Halloween festival to international and major event level.  He also referred to the economic benefit that the event provided to the City and District.

 

                        The Head of Culture in response to Councillor Farrell clarified that the funding contribution from Tourism NI would be match funded by Council and that sustained the development of the Halloween event.

 

                        Councillor Barr suggested that a themed busking event be considered for Strabane town in August and the reinstatement of the St Patrick’s Day parade to the Melmount Road to facilitate participation by the residents at the care homes.

 

                        The Head of Culture advised Members that Officers were currently reviewing the Summer Jamm and looking at specific themes for the event and busking could be considered.  If Council were to look at delivering a specific separate event in August, it would require additional budget and resources.  She also advised that any organisation who wished to run such an event could consider applying to Council’s Community Festival or Headline Events Funds. .  She referred to the suggestion of rerouting the St Patrick’s Day parade in Strabane and agreed to present options to Committee in the Autumn.

 

                        The Committee

                                   

                                                Recommended       that Members approve financial                                                           and procurement arrangements as                                                       set out above and note the                                                                     contents of the report.

 

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