Kelowna wants an up-to-date performing arts house
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Kelowna’s only performing arts space is sixty years old. New paint, new exhibition space, new toilets or new whatever does nothing to erase this reality.
The building was opened in 1963 because the citizens of the day knew that a performing arts center was essential to both their quality of life and the future growth of their city. Undeterred by their meagre budget, they relied on donations and sweat equity, and then celebrated their remarkable achievement.
Today, City Hall says they are “revitalizing the facility to ensure it continues to serve us into its retirement years.” nonsense.
Who would believe that – it’s like putting lipstick on a pig.
Think of how much the entertainment industry has changed in those 60 years – of acoustics, of technology, of presentation, of performance and performers and audience expectations.
The present building falls short in all areas.
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