57 Million from CEP heads south as Newman government considers new arts venue for Brisbane!
Source: The Courier Mail
There have been concerns Queensland has missed out on major US and UK productions which have gone to Melbourne and Sydney because of the lack of high-quality and high-capacity venues in the Sunshine State.
Arts Minister Ros Bates today will announce a government-funded Arts Queensland study into a new venue and where it might be located.
“The Government’s policy, arts for all Queenslanders, will ensure quality performing arts experiences continue to be enjoyed as the state’s population grows to a projected 4.4 million by 2031, in the southeast alone,” Ms Bates said.
“Brisbane’s arts scene is thriving. Earlier this year the multi-award-winning musical Mary Poppins broke box office records to become the biggest-selling show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in more than a decade. The performing arts calendar is full with dynamic seasons from Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland.
“There is no shortage of wonderful work to see. However, I am aware of the ongoing debate around the need for a new venue. The study will see if there is a strong body of evidence to support these claims.”
Seating capacity is a big and divisive issue within the arts community.
Sources said QTC wanted a 500-seater for intimate theatre, while QPAC wanted a 2000-seat complex for its musical blockbusters.
Ms Bates said arts and culture had an important role in contributing to a target of a $30-billion “visitor economy” in Queensland by 2020.
The previous Bligh government had floated the idea of a second South Bank complex upriver from the Kurilpa Bridge, a logical spot for a new venue near the existing arts precinct.