David Holmes Supports #SaveCultureNI

Respected DJ, producer and Hollywood film composer laments imminent closure of 'one of the best sources of information within the Northern Ireland arts and culture family'

Highly respected Belfast-born DJ, music producer and film composer David Holmes has given his support to the #SaveCultureNI campaign, after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland withdrew funding for Northern Ireland's most popular arts website.

'I cannot believe that Culture NI, one of the best sources of information within the Northern Ireland arts and culture family, has had its resources cut entirely,' said Holmes.

'I know that over the years Culture NI has been a huge supporter not just to me but to everyone within the arts. This is hurting everyone and doesn't make any sense whatsoever. 

'From a tourist's perspective, I know from first-hand experience how Culture NI always guided folk in the right direction. No matter what outlet you visited, you could access an enewsletter and find out what was going on.

'The loss of work for the immediate staff and over 50 writers, for the sake of saving a minimal amount of money, is hard to fathom. Please show your support.'

Last week Culture NI revealed details of Holmes' mysterious new club night, God's Waiting Room, which is set to take place in an undisclosed location 'where music has never been played', presumably in Belfast.

Holmes is the most respected DJ ever to come out of Northern Ireland, and has remixed tracks by the likes of U2 and Ice Cube. He is also a renowned film composer, having worked with directors Steve McQueen on the Belfast-set Hunger and Yann Demange on '71, not to mention scoring the heist hit, Ocean's 11

Visitors to the 2015 Belfast Film Festival will be able to hear his work on Mark Cousin's intriguing new film I Am Belfast, at Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road in Belfast on April 16.