A sad reflection on Wellington’s economy
A sad reflection on Wellington’s
Today’s announcement of the impending
closure of Downstage Theatre is a sad reflection on
Wellington’s economy says Mayoral candidate John Morrison.
“It’s sad to see the closure of this 50 year old
theatre; it’s a real blow to Wellington’s art and
culture scene and to our entertainment diversity,
stagnating economy means people have less income to spend on
arts, culture and entertainment, and Downstage Theatre’s
waning annual figures strongly reflect this.”
says the decision was not brought to councillors’
attention and there were no discussions on how this could
have been prevented.
“Wellington needs strong
leadership, a boost to economy and better job opportunities
to ensure growth and support of our arts, culture and
entertainment, not the reverse.”
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