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Museum chief's culture challenge

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The departing director general of National Museum Wales has urged the Welsh Assembly to lead in a debate on the role and future of culture and its role in difficult economic times.

Michael Houlihan said the Assembly itself wouldn't exist if Wales didn't have its own distinctive identity and culture forged over thousands of years.

He told Rhun ap Iorwerth of BBC Radio Wales that the prospect of public sector cuts provided an opportunity for the cultural sector to take stock and reduce waste by streamlining any overlapping bureaucracies.

As Mr Houlihan leaves Wales to take up a post in New Zealand, the museum is preparing a number of options as it awaits a decision on funding cuts.

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