Confusing legislation on what walls mean which beer gardens can open up for the citizens of the North aside, it's hard for me to view the bank holiday weekend as anything other than a tremendous step forward for the arts community. While the Executive’s sneering contempt for the independent artist remains, as evidenced by the continued ban on live music (I’ve heard comparisons to Footloose, but it seems more akin to Cromwell’s extremist Presbyterian mandate of ‘No Craic For The Masses’), it’s hard to imagine that we’ll return to the level of lockdown present during the last four months, which can only mean good things for the creative sector. This was echoed by several announcements in the South that provide a clearer timeline for the return of the live music and nightlife industry. Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, indicated that several pilot events will take place in the coming month to gauge the size, structure and success of indoor and outdoor gatherings. Further decisions about the re-opening of indoor hospitality, mass gatherings and more will be decided at the end of June following the return of outdoor beer gardens, cultural events and museums on May 10.